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Album Review

Metalcore, despite its blistering volume, machine gun efficiency, and trachea-shredding vocal style, can get old pretty fast. Guelph, Ontario's Arise and Ruin know the danger of listener fatigue and keep each cut on their impressive debut about as epic as a haiku. With the longest track (album highlight "End of the Road") clocking in at 3:35, The Final Dawn never wears out its welcome, and a refreshing lyrical bent that leans more toward self-help punk-metal than the standard death and decapitation that populate the majority of the genre's slash-and-burn offerings keeps things from spiraling into parody. Fans of Killswitch Engage who find themselves skipping over the more modern-rock-sounding tracks in favor of the shredders will find a lot to love here, as evidenced by brutal, head-kicking cuts like "To the Grind," "Bound by Blood," and "Fear Itself" — even a non-"machine gun" track like "Pale Horse" runs itself through the proverbial meat grinder. To be fair, it's still metalcore, or whatever the world calls it today, and is still subject the same melodic limitations that can be real problematic for some metal fans, but overall Arise and Ruin are as competent and talented an act as many of the bands that call themselves originators.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Comprised of members Ryan Bauchman (vocals), Brent Munger (guitar), Greg Richmond (guitar), Ben Alexis (bass), and Derek Prince-Cox (drums), the Canadian metalcore outfit Arise and Ruin formed in Guelph, Ontario, in June 2005. The band took equal inspiration from American metal and European thrash, and its aggressive sounds soon caught the ear of Stereo Dynamite Recordings in nearby Toronto. The label signed Arise and Ruin and issued their debut EP, The Fear Of, in April 2006. Positive reviews continued...
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The Final Dawn, Arise and Ruin
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 30 October 2007

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