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Ruins Of Faith: Dark Evil Illusory Substance

The Eastern European metal just keeps on coming, with Georgia our destination as we take on Ruins Of Faith and their second album, Dark Evil Illusory Substance, which was released in 2018, although the booklet suggests it was produced two years earlier. Forming in the early 2000s, this outfit released their first album, To The Shrines Of Ancestors in 2006 and then, well, nothing. As is often the way with the Eastern European metal scene, finding out the detail behind the headlines is often illusive, so discovering what guitarist Ingvar, bassist Drod and vocalist Mama Vasil Garkhvnili (who is a bloke, by the way) have been up to in the meantime has proved beyond me. And that in itself is something of a shame, because judging by the sheer believability of this second album from Ruins Of Faith, whatever these three black metal mayhem creators are up to should be well worth checking out.

Fast, utterly furious and yet with a subtlety that so few acts in this realm consider, the more grandiose, melodic take on the ultra aggressive attack that RoF specialise in is thoroughly ensconcing as it burrows its most memorable moments deep in your mind. The album’s title cut is, for all intents and purposes, just a neck straining, hair flailing romp of kick drum stamina (goodness knows who is playing drums, some sources suggest Nick Rukhadze, but whoever it is, they’re good), deep, rasping vocals and towering riffs. However, add in frequently positioned passages that offer a different, more considered view and some chanted, doomy backing vocals and the maturity of what’s on show here is unexpected on a second album from a band with, seemingly, little experience behind them. Impressively it isn’t alone in capturing the imagination through its varied attack, the slower smash of “Until White Dragon Returns Again” a whole lot better than its name would suggest, whereas “In The Name Of False Divines” adds a neatly niggling guitar line that simply won’t let you go. Personally, a big boost for me is the vocal display from Mama, a clear, if rasping and aggressive obliteration allowing for a decipherable but still mighty style that’s much more engaging than a lot of the more gutterally focused growlers out there.

With so much excellent music released on a monthly basis it’s easy to miss out on some of the less celebrated gems. Dark Evil Illusory Substance is definitely one such album and Ruins Of Faith are a band that deserve to be much more prominent than they currently are.

Track Listing
1. The Lords Prayer
2. Evocation Of The Kings
3. Dark Evil Illusory Substance
4. When The White Dragon Returns Again
5. The Puppets Of Rotten Prophet.
6. Mortem Universum
7. In The Name Of False Divines
8. Eternal Punishment Of Own Creation
9. Nuclear Shadow

Added: May 19th 2019
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Ruins Of Faith on bandcamp
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Language: english

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