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Ruthless - Evil Within

Evil Within
by Craig Rider at 03 May 2019, 7:26 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: RUTHLESS; signed via Pure Steel Records, hailing from Californian grounds - performing Power Metal, on their 3rd album entitled: “Evil Within” (released May 3rd, 2018).

Since formation in 1982; the band in question have 3 albums in their discography so far, I am introduced to their 3rd album entitled: “Evil Within”. 9 tracks ranging at around 42:12; RUTHLESS arrange a demonized intricacy of hard-hitting Power Metal developments, the devilish "Storm Of Souls" begins the record - conveying amplified adrenaline, harmonious creativity and a blistering barrage of furiously frenzied formulas of flamboyant finesse & boistrously bouncy fabrications. Adroitly attributing crunchy creativity, groovy foundations of borderline firepower & expertise - diversed with wonderously prodegious ultilizations, vehement versatility & stampeding rampages of relentessly organic substance…reminding me a lot of old-school MERCYFUL FATE/DENNER/SHERMANN– atmospherically & instrumentally.

Consisting of Sammy DeJohn on vocals; the frontman consistently delivers clean, high-pitches pipes with raw screams of vengeful malice. "Atrocities" injects infectiously complex implementations of dextrous guitar elements from duo Kenny McGee & Chris Westfall; chugging into chaotic blends of meticulous mayhem, generating galloping haste and frolicking flair. "In Blood" demonstates the band's dynamic diligence; distributing dextrous rhythms that thunder with primitively progressive technicalities, showcasing quintessential quakes that roar with thunderously shredding rips…tearing up a fluidly polished sound production with originally memorable kicks. Belters like the titular track also assists with experimental efficiencies; embellishing on concretely gritty gnarliness, amalgamated into electrifying executions.

"Fear Never Sleeps" establishes inventively distinguished catchiness; culminating conceptual ideas, energetic craftsmanship in which supplies pounding proficiencies with rhythmic timing. Audible bassist Sandy Vasquez strums with virtuosic variety; sonically seamless thumps, stomping with profusely robust ramifications. "Skulls" excels with savage pursuits of wicked melodies that manifest pummelling meatiness from powerhouse drummer Joe Aghassi; who hammers his cymbals with battering, head-crushing hostility – contrasting fashionable trademarks of old-school, traditional tempos & soundscapes that will trigger your soul to fly in an instant. "Death March" distinctively balances an ambient blend of deadly tightness; transistioning salubriously sinister traits, rapidly swifting with nimble skill.

"The Brotherhood" contains captivating beats of engaging precision; persevering with punishing subtlety, that portrays remarkable stability… raging with razor-sharp speed & swerve. Overall concluding "Evil Within" with the finale track: "Crytic Ruins; I am compelled to say that RUTHLESS certainly outdone themselves with this one, definitely worth the time!

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

4 Star Rating

1. Storm Of Souls
2. Atrocities
3. In Blood
4. Evil Within
5. Fear Never Sleeps
6. Skulls
7. Death March
8. The Brotherhood
9. Cryptic Ruins
Sammy DeJohn - Vocals
Kenny McGee - Guitars
Sandy Vasquez - Bass
Chris Westfall - Guitars
Joe Aghassi  - Drums
Record Label: Pure Steel Records


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