Hailing from Michigan is Fell Ruin and their debut full length is titled To The Concrete Drifts which sports five blackened doom tracks. The combination of black metal and doom creates a raw and purely punishing and unfiltered sound that you ultimately have a hard time forgetting. Through this five track release you end up getting submerged in bitter darkness and abyssal atmospheres from which you cannot find your way out of. To The Concrete Drifts is a lurching, head stomping and sinister release that you have a hard time putting down once you begin listening, and the more that you listen the more that you get dragged asunder into the every blackening abyss.
To The Concrete Drifts begins with a one and a half minute opener before you get into the meat of the record where Fell Ruin accosts you from all sides with their twisting brand of blackened doom. Fell Ruin does a great job of mixing both genres together to create a wonderfully grim and cohesive listen that catches and keeps your attention right away. This is a hard record to stop listening to and if you do you end up coming back to it quicker than anticipated. The abysmal atmosphere that Fell Ruin provides for you is so inviting and enchanting in its own sickening way and before you know it you have been listening for hours on end.
Not only does Fell Ruin tie black and doom metal together very well, but they also incorporate acoustic elements into their music as well that end up working very well with the style of music that they play. These acoustic elements are a welcome sound in the wall chaos that is normally at play throughout the record. This adds diversity and variation within each song that are already filled with variety and diversity and it adds another element for you to listen and keep an eye out for. Bottom line is that Fell Ruin incorporate many elements to create their overall sound and they all work together seamlessly to create a sickeningly twisted and great listen.
With poisonous and searing black metal riffs, heavy rumbling doom riffs, bone shaking bass lines, solid drumming and hellish vocals combined with great production you get an unmistakable, solid and ultimately heavy sound that you just can’t shake. Each song is solid and holds your attention all throughout and each song gets you headbanging with fervor as well. Overall, To The Concrete Drifts is a solid record that is well worth listening to for hours on end and just leaving on repeat for some time to come. Doom and black metal lovers beware, as this album is set to release March 17, 2017.