If you are looking for a sound that is monstrous and downright brain melting heavy, look no further than Ruinous. Graves of Ceaseless Death is the title of Ruinous’ offering, and this release is nine songs of completely destructive and bone shattering death metal. With this record, Ruinous brings the heavy not just in small doses, but they unload in on you all at once and you will be lucky if you don’t get crushed under the sheer weight of this record. Graves of Ceaseless Death is unbelievably heavy and after listening you may just end up in a shallow grave all your own.
Graves of Ceaseless Death hits somewhere between old-school death and modern death metal as Ruinous sew the two together to provide you with a sound that is altogether earth scorching. Not only does Ruinous mix old-school death and modern death together, but they take some hints from thrash and doom as well. This amalgamation of metal creates a unique and heavy sound that just about turns your brain into soup and your bones to dust. There is absolutely no denying that Graves of Ceaseless Death is heavy and you may just be lucky enough to get your flesh torn right off of your face.
This release is a bulldozer of death and once you begin listening there isn’t anywhere to run to for you to be safe. Graves of Ceaseless Death is a monstrous and monolithic death metal album that is executed expertly. As the album rolls on, song after song of crushing death metal tumbles on top of you crushing your bones and caving your skull in to expose your brain now turned to soup. Each of the nine songs that make an appearance on this record are played with a blistering intensity that makes your blood boil and more than that it makes you headbang into oblivion.
Not only does Ruinous give you enough death metal to last you the rest of the year and then some, but they also show off their doom metal chops in the song Through Stygian Catacombs. This song is a slow dirge toward death, and instead of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, that light fades and turns pitch black as you make you descent to hell. This song reaches over eleven minutes and provides you with one of the more sinister and purely evil sounds on this record as it cloaks you in poisonous darkness. Through Stygian Catacombs isn’t all doom however as Ruinous kicks up the pace toward a brain splattering death romp a little less than half way through the track, then it dives straight back into the cavernous pits of hell with more soul torturing doom.
All throughout this record Ruinous provides you with blood letting riffs, punchy and earth shaking drumming, head splitting bass lines and vocals that are utterly barbaric. Along with the great production, Graves of Ceaseless Death is one fuck of a death metal album. Each of the instruments are audible and powerful and they never overshadow one another, and the vocals are purely filthy and powerful in their own right. Every aspect of this release is executed expertly and that along with the fact that this is some neck snapping death metal, makes for a great and life threatening listening experience.
No matter which way you slice it, this record is sinister and ridiculously heavy and even though it beats you within an inch of your life often, you still press play again and again at the end of each listen. Graves of Ceaseless Death is a sickeningly great album and one that anyone and everyone should have their eyes peeled for.
Graves of Ceaseless Death will be out through Dark Descent Records on November 11.