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Last Light

by For Ruin

Melodic black/death metal with strong harmonies and melodies from Ireland
Genre: Metal/Punk: Death Metal
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1. Enlightened
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2:25 album only
2. Care of the Dead
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3:58 album only
3. Decline
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4:31 album only
4. In Suffering
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5:20 album only
5. Solace
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4:04 album only
6. Recoil
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3:15 album only
7. Crawl
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2:24 album only
8. Deluge
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4:36 album only
9. Cold Call
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3:49 album only
10. Elysium
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Last Light is the second album from Ireland's For Ruin - featuring 10 tracks of well produced black/death metal, the album is preceded by a digital only (CDBaby) EP called "Enlightened".

Featuring the well established trademark sound of For Ruin, Last Light exudes melody and harmony with precision performance and increased speed making this an essential album for fans of the genre.


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Metal Hammer (UK) Review of Last Light - December 2009 Issue
Featured Review in Dec 2009 issue of UK Edition of Metal Hammer

Jonathan Selzer

Just as Portugal has a sole metal ambassador in Moonspell, the Irish metal scene has long seemed to exist in the shadow of the mighty Primordial despite a committed homegrown community. But there's been a gradual change of late with bands like Mael Mordha and Cork's Altar of Plagues getting tongues wagging, but also suggesting that theres an intrinsic romantic quality to the Irish scene that marks it out as a true hotspot on the metal map.

Also Hailing from Cork, For Ruin might still be in the process of shaking off their influences - their choppy, rolling melodicisim recalling the likes of Rotting Christ and Amon Amarth as well as the cold-air communion of Enslaved - but this 4 piece's latest (second) album certainly isn't defined by them. Recorded in 12 days, LAST LIGHT is a wholly-committed wide-open work of fury-forged beauty that sounds transfixed by a vision that it's determined to pursue to the horizon and beyond.

Full of surging, aerated riffs and some truly wonderous displays of lead guitar, its last two tracks COLD CALL and ELYSIUM reveal a band moving into thrilling and evocative new pastures.

www.forruin.com

Archaic Metallurgy

Archaic Metallurgy review of Last Light
Ireland's For Ruin have been a characteristic band since the beginning. They do not agree to stand in one genre, or stick with one mood. Sometimes they are far more open that many a metal band. 'Last Light' is the band's second full length album. Let's see how it is after the good taster EP 'Enlightened'.

In the music of For Ruin, death metal, black metal and dark metal are mixed. The Irish, and generally The British Isles' as whole, metal music history from such styles is the basis. Then the band can travel north with their music, especially to Sweden, and why not to Norway too. But simultaneously to Mediterranean latitudes. From Sweden, it is Unanimated, whose unconventional melody work's influence can be heard in For Ruin's music. From Norway I can name black metal generally. From Greece it is the similar arcane aura that Rotting Christ possesses. For Ruin have absolutely their own way to bring a diverse array of atmospheres into an album, even into a single song. They go from brutality to beautiful things, from melancholy to mystical feelings. For Ruin possess pervasive melody work, in excessive proportions. But it works because a melody is altered a bit or more. This way a song or the album itself does not become stagnant or repetitive. Even though For Ruin's music ceratainly carries a soul that gushes from the first half of 1990s, it sounds very fresh indeed.

The album is gorgeously performed. The guitars carry a variety of tones, that create the feelings in a fine way. The bass and the drums are played, not just plain played; they are soulful. The vocals are black metal style raspy growl, petty demonic may I add, that do not change a lot during the album, but still work well as an instrument. While the production is now clean and the instruments can be easily heard, the album misses the low frequencies. It is not sturdy enough.

'Last Light' can be downloaded for free from the band's website, even though it's of inferior quality. But try it, so you'll know if you want to pay for it. For Ruin glow of character, so the fans of Irish metal, and dark metal generally, must check this out. Now.

Rating: 7½ (out of 10)

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Voices from the Darkside (DE) Review
Bands who make heavy use of melody are in a precarious position. Either they succeed at winning over scores of fans, or they fail miserably and re-enforce the long held notion that a band with melody is a wimpy band. It seems that only a handful of such adventurous bands, like UNANIMATED at AT THE GATES, received near universal applause for their efforts. For this Irish band, FOR RUIN, their success has yet to be determined, but their latest album is as good an indication as any that they may yet prevail where other bands have failed, and miserably failed at that. Although reasons invariably differ from person to person, the general consensus on heavy melodies is that they detract from the savageness of an album, and direct the songs in a self-pitying direction utterly unsuited for extreme Metal. However, with a scene so awash in miserably untalented copy cat acts, it's easy to forget that Metal and melody are practically bedfellows. A melody doesn't have to be brutal to be beautiful or dark. FOR RUIN have plenty of brutality to spare, but they also allow their songs some breathing space, and rather than make the record wimp out, this practice has resulted in a grand achievement of heavy songwriting. Give them a chance. www.forruin.com, www.myspace.com/forruinband

Nat Shapiro

LordsOfMetal.nl

LordsOfMetal.nl Review of Last Light
Vera: I have followed the musical development of For Ruin with great interest. In the beginning it used to be a one-man-project of the Irishman John Murphy. The first three demos featured melodious death/black metal cast from a superior mould. At the time of the third demo ‘Obsidian’, John gathered a band around him to play some live gigs with the band. The well-considered way to grow little by little to maturity has resulted in a few positive results since then.

For Ruin’s intense, heavy music has been welcomed with rave reviews all over the world. In 2006 they ended up in the top ten of Terrorizer’s “Best Unsigned Act”. But they did not remain unsigned for long: in January 2007 they inked a deal with Sentinel Records. In September of the same year their full-length debut ‘December’ was released. I never heard that album, but John was not so satisfied with the production. Fortunately it was generally praised for its composing potential and one can see it as a reflection of the band at that particular point in time. The release was followed by a national tour. In the meantime they supported established bands like Primordial, Skyforger and Amon Amarth. This year they played with Paradise Lost and Rotting Christ. These are great bands as company! For some reason they chose to release the second album themselves.

This sophomore album ‘Last Light’ - preceded by a digital only release of the EP ‘Enlightened’ - was recorded as band, even in the writing process Murphy got some help of guitarist Drew Meyers and bassist Pete Lawlor. Steve O’Connell is responsible for the powerful drum skills, but he lives (temporary?) in Swiss now. No more recordings in the home studio; this time the well-prepared band entered the Komodo Mobile Studios with producer Alwyn Walker. With brilliant result, since the ten new songs - only Cold Call’ had been written earlier - blow your speakers in a magnificent way. In comparison with earlier works, the songs are faster, consequently there is more of a black metal feel. John’s voice is evocative of Peter Tägtgren and Johan Hegg. That is not so strange, since influences of Hypocrisy and Amon Amarth can be found in the music as well. Yet For Ruin adds that personal extra flavour. Let us call it an Irish spirit, although For Ruin has more in common with Scandinavian extreme metal than with their fellow compatriots and blood brothers (Primordial, Mael Mordha, Mourning Beloveth). In addition they relish their crafted fury with marvellous melodic guitar leads. ‘In Suffering’ and last track ‘Elysium’ are songs in which the epic side of the band is featured. The first song has a heavy lyrical theme about the abuses of the Catholic Church (mainly in Ireland). These two songs are my personal favourites. This album also includes two instrumental tracks ‘Enlightened’ and ‘Crawl’, these once again prove the tightness of the band. Go to www.forruin.com or www.myspace.com/forruinband and spread the word! This band ought to rise from the underground!

Rating 89/100

MetalTeamUk

MetalTeamUk Review of Last Light
Stalwarts of the Irish metal scene For Ruin are back with their second album, ‘Last Light’. I’d been looking forward to this one, being a fan of the first album ‘December’ and the wait has been well worth it. After choosing to terminate their deal with Sentinel Records, they have released ‘Last Light’ themselves, and in a nutshell, it is a metallic masterpiece.

Without wishing to resort to stereotypes, For Ruin do not sound like your average Irish metal band, coming across with a style far more suited to the Scandinavian melodic death elite, with Arch Enemy being the influence that springs most readily to mind. Opener ‘Enlightened’ is a 2 and a half minute instrumental piece, quickly progressing from a quiet Opeth-esque melody to a wind milling death metal riff, setting the mood for ‘Care Of The Dead’, a frantic metal blast that falls somewhere between Arch Enemy and Rotting Christ. John Murphy’s vocals are on fantastic destructive form, matching the music to perfection, whilst the twin guitars of Murphy and Drew Myers cut a melodic swathe through the aggressive percussion, the solo in particular being of a quality good enough to make the hairs on your neck stand on end. ‘Decline’ keeps the quality high with more quality riff work to rival anything you’ll hear anywhere else, whilst Pete Alcorn’s drums maintain an aggressive metronomic blast throughout. ‘In Suffering’ is pure melodic black metal, an awesome track, although the bar is set even higher with ‘Solace’, featuring one of the simplest but most crushing riffs I’ve heard in sometime. This is truly stunning stuff.

One thing that is evident here is that over the past couple of years, the level of maturity in the songwriting has increased immeasurably, with every track being varied and of exceptional quality. ‘Recoil’ is yet face ripper of a track, but at a shade over 3 minutes, it feels just a tad too short, not that you have time to lament it’s passing, as ‘Crawl’ kicks in with neck snapping, crushing force, a two and a half minute instrumental of exquisite melodic brutality. ‘Deluge’ is a return to the Scandinavian sound, with some lightning fast riffing and drum work. ‘Cold Call’ carries a mixture of Rotting Christ and early Paradise Lost, particularly in the guitar sound, and the PL influence carries over hugely into the final track, ‘Elysium’, a real change of momentum, as they slow to a very deliberate pace. John Murphy’s vocals are slightly deeper here, and whilst in many ways this track is incongruous with the rest of the album, it still seems a perfect fit for the end of the album.

It’s been tough to come up with a review for this album, because I always try to find a balance between to the good and bad of any release, but it’s been very hard indeed to pick any holes in ‘Last Light’ whatsoever. Credit where it’s due to John Murphy et al, as after choosing to go down the self release route, they’ve taken a lot of time, care and effort with this one, and it shows though in every corner of the album. I honestly can’t find anything bad to say about it at all. Absolutely fucking first rate, and unquestionably one of my albums of the year.

http://www.forruin.com
http://www.myspace.com/forruinband

Lee Kimber