Lie in Ruins – Statues DEMO 2007

Reviewed: February 2007
Released: 2007, Self-released
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Mixed feelings with this one here. Lie in Ruins is a 3-piece old Death Metal band from Helsinki, Finland that seems to be keen on opening graves on the ancient graveyard of both late ´80s and early ´90s Scandinavian sounding Death Metal. Especially a shredding rotten corpse of Nihilist, early Entombed and Funebre´s CRANIAL TORMENT -era comes to mind, added with a fair twist of melodies. There´s nothing wrong with that in my opinion although as all those bands´ releases have always been very close to my musical likings – and besides that they can all be considered sort of ´classics´ in one way or the other. However, I think the novelty of the songs on … STATUES wears off pretty quickly. If this demo had been released during the hottest boom of the Scandinavian Death Metal, then it might probably have been considered one of those ´classic gems´ amongst other releases that were released back in the day, in the golden ´90s era of the Scandinavian Death Metal movement. Re-warming the sounds of ´the elder Gods´ is always kind of easy yet unnecessary in many cases, but who I am to blame if people really dig and enjoy playing whatever they want to, straight from the very bottom of their hearts. The deatheads in Lie in Ruins are obviously deeply in love with all those bone-crushing, distorted heavy riffs, shredding death grunts and shit, going apeshit over the ´90 period of Scandinavian Death Metal and that´s of course really cool for them. They do their thing very well and convincing enough way – and undoubtedly will win armies of old school Death Metal fans for their side for sure, and maybe even me eventually. Right now, however, I´m yet to decide whether this relatively nostalgic 4-song effort of an re-warmed old school Scandinavian Death Metal will ever appeal me so much that I could throw it into my CD-player ever again. Time shall tell…

Hmmm… As of now let´s just say Lie in Ruins is like a little sister of Nihilist, Entombed and the likes. However, at this point of a fighting mind, I rather choose her more experienced big sisters and have fun with all of them though…


No Videos Available

Track Listing:
01.Introductory Rite
03.Crawling Towards the End
04.End of Human Era
05.Pathways of the Dead

Roni S. – Vokills, drums
Tuomas K. – Guitar, bass & backing vokills
Roni Ä. – Guitar