Keeping the old school west coast death metal scene alive Ruin come hacking and slashing their way out of Colma, California. Other bands playing the old school style of death metal seem to try a little too hard with the exception of few. But with Ruin it seems like they fit right into the eighties and it sounds like they didn’t try hard for their sound to be old and resurrected. “Spread Plague Hell” was released a couple of days ago through a new record label called Nero One Records and it offers up a sickening platter of death metal.
“Spread Plague Hell” slashes its way through four songs. Everything from the riffs to the disgusting vocals screams gore and with songs like “The Final Bloodbath” and “Massacre of Flesh and Bones” how can it not be a sordid album of pure filth and guts?From the beginning of “Perverted Lunacy” you can pretty well establish the one thing that Ruin is out for is to torture you relentlessly with their music in the best way possible.
The buzz saw guitars come out in full force on this release and they try to hack your limbs off as painfully as possible. For the entirety of the album the riffs transition between the hyper pace of death metal and the slowed down pace of a more doom style riff which is reminiscent of what Autopsy, Obituary and others were doing at the time. Now, Ruin’s sound isn’t like Autopsy or Obituary nor is it a comparison between the bands, but it is the style that Ruin plays in is in the strain of Autopsy and Obituary.
“Spread Plague Hell” as an album title that is suppose to make you feel as if there is something truly horrific lurking behind the macabre art work and there truly is something vile peaking around the corner. What you find are the buzz saw guitars aimed right for your head, the chaotic drumming, the fat bass lines and the monster like vocals. The vocals themselves sound as if the vocalist is gargling the blood of his latest victim while he was recording the tracks.
Essentially this album bursts at the seams with gore and entrails that is only accompanied by more filth and grime. Ruin have the old school vibe down and with the musicianship and vocals that they bring here on “Spread Plague Hell” the old school death scene is still alive and well with newcomers such as themselves.