Shit howdy do I love me some Scandinavian crust! These folks have it all: raging dual female/male vocals belting out seven bleak anthems of the hopelessness of being human in today’s society from the conditioning we undergo from an early age in public schools to the illegal political prisons and all of the gloominess in between. The buzz-saw guitar and grinding bass accompanied by blistering drum work catapult each bit of dreary political poetry into your eardrums at around 2 minutes or less. At times I’m reminded of DISKONTO and STATE OF FEAR. Each songs drives straight to the point with out distractions like noodley guitar solos or long atmospheric intros or outros (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). All of the lyrics are presented in Finnish and then in English on top of very grainy b/w photos of war images, nooses, skulls and the like, just in case you forgot that this wasn’t about kittens and rainbows. This was originally released as a cassette with 10 originals and a cover of CONSUME’S The Cycle Continues (limited to 100, but sold out), but was finally pressed to vinyl with just 7 of the original tracks. Not pushing any boundaries, just powerful raging crust. (Jake)
Tuska & Ahdistus Records / Kannaksenkatu 6 as. 7 / 33250 Tampere / Finland //
Reborn from the ashes of MASSMORD, FUTURE RUINS is a massive d-beat entity of heavy driving entity of doom. Start to finish, this album is dense dark and driving. Though not quite as dynamic or dramatic as these bands, this brings to mind TRAGEDY or HIS HERO IS GONE, and this is a ripper from start to finish.
The whole albums kind of blindsided me at first listen…..I did not notice that there are a lot of subtleties that were missed until I gave this album my undivided attention. And that would be the ONLY fault that I would site about this album……that there needs to be a bit more variation in pace and tone and the breaks need to be a little more pronounced otherwise they get lost unless you are really dropping everything to listen to this record. Being that overall this is a thumbs up, its a small flaw I am willing to look beyond and say this is a great album.
“War Of Gods”, I would have to say is my favorite track on here. It has a more varied intro that the rest of the album that really stands out. Its got some nice heavy and slow dual rhythms that go back and forth from a sick siren like intro that weaves in and out of some good ol metal chugging that lead straight into their signature battle hymn that reminds me of a crusty ENTOMBED. The second track, “Kallocain” has also got some manic, intricacy goin on in the beginning that adds more depth to the albums onslaught of straightforward and constant drive. One more track I would like to note is “In The Shadow Of A Tyrant” that has all the elements of the album as a whole, but has some more doomy and almost psychedelic parts somewhat akin to bands such as KYLESA.
Packaged in a glossy digipack, this is rockin some good creepy artwork, featuring all the family favorites – claws, dragon wings, snakes, skulls, death and decay. And of course large ominous black birds in the back ground. Nice and grim. CD version is out now on POWER IT UP Records. LP releases are out on Halvfabrikat Records, Nakkeskud Records, and Social Bomb Records. (Cavewizard)
POWER IT UP / Zum Holzfelde 12 / 31226 Peine / Germany //