This Tasmanian devil is in fact a duo that comprised Alex Pope (guitars and vocals) and drummer Dave Haley (The Amenta). Ruins are stepping back into the down underground scene with their sophomore album simply called: Cauldron .
One of the best aspects of Black Metal is concerning its ambience, and Cauldron contains lots of it. This is not the keyboard /electronics type of ambience I'm talking about, although you can hear some of that as well on this disc. It is more related to the feelings being express by the music, and playing of course. Heavy, juicy, distorted, and sometimes (perhaps always) down-tuned guitar riffs, distorted harmonies built around melodic arpeggios / tremolo pickings, powerful drumming and sick rasps are all playing their very own atmospheric role. This is the "in your face" type of Black Metal, still having some sort of experimental /adventurous touch, without going as far as being labeled avant-gardist as such. You would not expect to hear acoustic guitars on this genre of music, but Ruins is using this instrument without giving their music a Folk or Pagan edge. Opener "Where Time is Left Behind (echoes of ghosts)" is one of those great composition using my favorite instrument. Following track, "Threshold Forms" comes in with slightly distorted riffs and arpeggios and dark leads. Later on, "Genesis", has nothing to do with that awesome prog band from the 70's ( Peter Gabriel's era), but is composed on great distorted parts, dissonant leads, war samplings and a nicely disturbing and blasphemous speech at the end.
The Tasmanian devil gave birth to a cryptic little demon named Cauldron.
1 - Where Time is Left Behind (echoes of ghosts)
2 - Threshold Forms
3 - Cauldron
4 - Hanged After Being Blinded
5 - Genesis
6 - Upon Thes Skeletons (bury the dead)
7 - Suicidal Pulse