Review by Colin Steele
I’ve already admitted to being a fan of Randy Schaller’s work in blackened deathcore outfit Conjonctive. With that said, it comes as no surprise that I enjoy his other band, Voice Of Ruin.
Voice Of Ruin is a far cry from the dual vocal brutality that Conjonctive displays. Aside from having only one vocalist, VoR has more in common with Lamb Of God, Gojira, or a less melodic early Shadows Fall. Its thrashier, groovier…less epic but more raw. Their second full-length, Purge And Purify, brings 10 songs of pure frantic metal. The first song, “Disgust”, punches you dead in the face immediately. Randy’s unmistakeable low guttural leads off for a singular a cappella syllable before a frenetic blast of instruments rushes to trample the listener before settling into a great riff to allow you to just catch your breath before that truck backs right over you again. The guitar tone for the riff immediately reminded me of Slipknot’s Iowa (which is a personal favorite from my late teens). And from there, the assault just doesn’t stop. “Horns” evokes the technicality, speeds, and groove of As The Palaces Burn-era Lamb Of God, but angrier (if you can imagine).
The key to this band besides the balls to the wall riffs of recently added guitarists Nicolas Haerri and Darryl Ducret, is Randy’s voice. I’ve already sung its praises in my review of Conjonctive’s new release, so I’m not going to go crazy here. It just works well for both bands’ styles. If you’re not super into the blackened deathcore stylings of Conjonctive, then maybe you should give Voice Of Ruin a spin. Chances are, you’ll find something on here you’ll like. These guys don’t look like they’re planning on letting up anytime soon, and I’m very ok with that.
Top Tracks: “Disgust”, “Horns”, “All Hail The King”
About The Band:
Formed in 2008 on the shores of Lake Geneva, Voice Of Ruin first started playing every show they have been offered around Switzerland, from local squats, to bars, to proper venues, until they finally crossed their national border to pursue their journey in Europe and in other parts of the world. Since its inception, the band has always focused its attention on one thing: sharing its passion and commitment with the largest crowd possible.
To this day, Voice Of Ruin has released two full-length albums, one EP and played in at least 10 different countries, on two continents, scoring an impressive 150 shows and sharing the stage with bands like Hatebreed, Children Of Bodom, The Black Dahlia Murder, Caliban, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Entombed or Sylosis.
In October 2016, the band landed in Cardiff (UK) to record their latest album under the supervision of Romesh Dodangoda, acclaimed producer who worked with artists such as Motorhead, Sylosis, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, etc… The result is ten tracks that deal with the delusional and hopeless world human beings currently live in and sees Voice Of Ruin sounding fiercer, stronger and more confident than ever.
Mastered by Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Opeth…) and featuring the artwork of Travis Smith (Soilwork, Opeth, Katatonia…) “Purge And Purify”, set for release on May 12th via Tenacity Music.