WhatsApp Image 2017-09-24 at 18.50.58The Face Of Ruin – Self-Titled

Release Date: 27th October 2017

Label: Self-release

A love of shit horror films may seem like a flimsy intro story to a band’s life, but then The Face Of Ruin aren’t your normal kinda band. Forming in 2014, the band have been slow burners with this self-titled effort being their first release. So, what in the blue hell have TFoR being up to for the past three years? Well, the first couple of years saw them play around Warwickshire and enter the Birmingham Metal 2 The Masses. This was initially seen as a way of getting some well attended gigs under their belt but in 2016 they went and won the bloody competition and got to play the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock. Why am I telling you this? Well these guys haven’t played that many gigs in the 3 years they’ve been together, but they’ve already played Bloodstock. That must say something about them!

So, the EP. Kicking off with Murderers Lair the cards are lain upon the table. The Face Of Ruin aren’t rewriting or inventing a new genre, they’re here to musically punch you in the gut but wave at you during blast beats. It’s a confusing situation for all involved. Beyond life is the (most likely sausage) meat in the trio of tracks and the opening riff is enough to keep any metalhead interested. Vocally and musically this is the highlight of the three tracks.

Return To Her closes this short journey into the world of Ruin and as soon as it’s 5 minutes are up you’re left gagging to hit the play button once more on an EP that is criminally short. What it lacks in length it redeems itself with pure quality. Everyone pulls their weight. The drums are heavy but kept in the right place in the mix, the vocals are harsh but understandable and the riffs, well they can speak for themselves…kind of.

So, The Face Of Ruin are finally here in the world of released music. The impressive songwriting has made it worth the wait, though I’m not sure how long this trio will keep everyone happy. Best get working on a follow up, lads!

Rating: 9/10

Recommended Track: Beyond Life

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