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June 2014
Released: 2014, Halo Of Flies
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

This new split EP by US Blackened Doomsters Usnea and Germans Ruins is an absolute beast. Although brief at just over 12 minutes, not a second is wasted.

The first track is by Ruins and is entitled "Discrimen". The weighty guitar avalanche just crushes, and gravelly vocals that sound like Kirk Windstein's slightly more hoarse doppelganger. The drumming is extremely impressive in both technicality and execution. The song's middle section breaks down into a punky-cum-traditional metal furore. At this point the vocals change to more a Hardcore style reminiscent of Lou Koller. The songs conludes with another breakdown, this one more sinister before building to it's final assault. It is all rather functional. Not bad, but far from spectacular.

Usnea's contribution "Only The End Of The World" begins with an echo laden trippy squirt of menace. This is followed by a guitar sound that is monstrously dense in the way that planets are dense. The vocals are putridly bestial. The misery-drenched lead guitar and dirge powered rhythm are like a slow motion apocalypse. Monochrome, one paced but never boring. In fact the pace is so slow that it makes a tortoise seemed turbo charged. Towards the end of the song the vocals become even more flagitious as the singer (and I use the term loosely) seems to be attempting to remove his vocal chords with a rusty scalpel.

All in all an intense brain melter of a release.

Review by Owen Thompson
Track Listing

1) Ruins - Discrimen
2) Usnea - Only The End Of The World


Ruins - Unknown
Usnea - Unknown



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