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Orodruin - Ruins Of Eternity

Ruins Of Eternity
by Craig Rider at 03 November 2019, 2:09 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: ORODRUIN; signed via Cruz Del Sur Music, hailing from the United States of America - performing Doom Metal, on their 2nd album entitled: "Ruins Of Eternity" (released 25.10.2019).

Since formation in 1998; the trio in question have 4 Demos, 1 Split; 1 Compilation, 1 EP & 2 albums in their discography so far…I am introduced to their 2nd album entitled: "Ruins Of Eternity". 9 tracks ranging at around 47:12; ORODRUIN arrange an intricately designed formula of heavy-hitting Doom Metal developments. "Forsaken" begins the record; immediately bringing an influential aesthetic of old-school BLACK SABBATH manifestations, using their own style with uniquely versatile vehemence & amplified adrenaline. Conveying boistrously bouncy hooks, crunchy distortion & groovy executions while revolved around a barraged frenzy of flamboyantly composed finesse. Attributing captivating songwriting ramifications, potently vibrant quintessentials & quirky snappiness that pursuits with progressively predegious technicalities.

Consisting of Mike Puleo on drums/vocals/bass; the frontman excels with a profusely robust rotation of audible instrumental injections; infectiously contrasting bass thumpiness, raspy yet clean but high-pitched lungs with pipes of rawly rough fabrications & a stompy strike of pumelling drum hammering…battering into a chunky slab of jumpy solidities. "Man Of Peace" articulates in a fashionable Tony Iommi flair, as Nick Tydelski showcases thunderously blistering doom-laden rhythms with ritualistic yet punchline foundations of borderline anthemic assaults. "Grave Illusion" consistently creates dynamically dextrous distinctions from 2nd guitarist John Gallo; implementing killer keyboard elements as well as riveting riffs, soncially seamless solos & organically swift substance - nimble virtuosity & rapid succession.

Fusing an embellishment of experimental gnarliness; concrete fluidity, and gritty complexities & an embodiment of electrifying firepower – "Letter Of Life's Regret" examines deeper into a gripping landscape of lacerating musicianship & primitively momentous shreds that rip with roaring precision while juxtaposed with rambunctiously volatile remedies…which showcases meticulous yet monstrously meaty patterns - followed by hybrid dimensions. Flowing into immersive ballad-y territory; transistioned with traditional yet trailblazing melodies that portray soaring harmonies, hardened chugs fuelled into a galloping vibe with rich styles - especially in "War On The World". Balancing tempo shifts with speedily orthodox nuances from aforementioned BLACK SABBATH legend, forging a grizzly grandure of pulsating plods & salubriously melancholic overarchs that stampede with persistent variety.

"Into The Light Of The Sun" subjugates with more monkier yet mellifluous polyphonics; engaged in euphonic energy, elegantly exquisite soundscapes & significant sound production originalities make remarkably splendid yet memorability results. "Voice In The Dark" shares sublime majesty of oozing sharp tones; scattered with wildly rushing skill, while dosed with hints of atmosphere & ambient heaviness. "Hell Frozen Over" starts off with a slow tone while jarring rumbling takes over; layered with killer kicks, ruthless pandemonium & upbeat strums that surround with refreshing riffs to panning solos which are full of panache - tightened into an epicly venomous slab of rocking stability. Overall concluding the record with the titular track itself; I am compelled to say that ORODRUIN certainly outdone themselves with this one.

Bottom line; "Ruins Of Eternity" is a groundbreaking album, and definitely deserves a listen… a great discovery that will surprise you as it did me. If you like early; old-school Heavy/Doom Metal in the same, similar vein/characteristic to that of BLACK SABBATH with a modernized twist - ORODRUIN fulfill with talented potential on that front - an enjoyable experience that all metal maniacs should relish. Check it out!

Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 8
Originality: 8
Sound Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Forsaken
2. Man Of Peace
3. Grave Illusion
4. Letter of Life's Regret
5. War on the World
6. Into the Light of the Sun
7. Voice in the Dark
8. Hell Frozen Over
9. Ruins of Eternity
Mike Puleo - Drums/Vocals/Bass
Nick Tydelski - Guitars
John Gallo - Guitars/Keyboards
Record Label: Cruz Del Sur Music


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