Very impressive second EP from UK’s LORDS OF RUIN. You could call them Modern Rock/Metal, Alt Metal or any variation of that. To separate themselves from the pack frontman Lord Dox seems to have a very solid grasp of writing good melodies. He uses a “death” growl or vocal sparingly but every effectively. I’ve always thought that’s the proper way to do it personally.
The band is superbly tight too, they lean towards the groove Metal side, but are able to to mix it up and change tempos with ease. The entire sound of the album rivals a major label production and something you could easily hear on radio here in the States.
There’s only the four songs, here but it’s enough to really get a feel for the band. They’re dark and heavy but as I mentioned there is clean singing and melody as well. There are some progressive elements to the band and lots of emotion. “Universal” almost sounds like a heavy version of a Red Hot Chili Peppers song. It’s my least favorite, but the most accessible track on the album for a more mainstream audience.
My personal fav it “Bulldozer”, it’s a bit more strait-forward and probably the cut that leans the most towards traditional Metal. “Decay” and “Broken Dream” are both really solid too, great song structure and perfect execution.
Overall, yeah, this band is totally legit, real-deal. We’re in a weird place in the music world right now, there’s more singles and EP’s coming out than anytime I can think of. It takes the pressure of putting out a full album I suppose, but I personally would like to take that journey and hear a full 10 tracks from these guys, they have something to say and sound amazing.
Talented UK quintet LORDS OF RUIN continue to rise backed by their stunning concoction of crisp and vigorous Hard Rock, which is framed by edgy Alt-Metal. Loaded with magnetising hooks and stout riffs, the UK hard-hitters release their sophomore EP, Coda Revival, on Friday 24th November, which is preceded by their superb new single and video, Universal, which drops on Friday 17th November.
Coming at you from two corners of northern England, the early beginnings of LORDS OF RUIN were crafted in 2017. However, it wasn’t until 2019, when the engrossing quintet unleashed their debut single, In from the Cold, that the band began to pierce through to the upper reaches of the rock fraternity. Momentum continued as the riff lords played a raft of key shows throughout the UK, as well as performing the HRH festival.
Following the recent pandemic, LORDS OF RUIN returned with their mesmerising debut EP, Ruin Within, which landed last year, enabling the band to play larger festivals and a series of support shows. LOR are now poised to step up with their next installment, Coda Revival. The band remark about the record: “This EP is our way of drawing a line under everything we’ve done up until now, while leaving indications of what’s to come. This is not the end, but it is the final piece of this chapter of Lords of Ruin and a culmination of what we’ve been working on since our inception.” The EP is definitely something special; it’s an engulfing slab of modern hard rock that’s loaded with striking refrains, detailed phrasing and absorbing dynamics. The northern rockers have produced an imposing release that is sure to transcend the underground and gift the Brit-rock crew with well-earned national commendation.
‘Coda Revival’ EP track listing: 1) Decay, 2) Bulldozer, 3) Universal, 4) Broken Dreams.
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Lord Dox – Vocals; Lord Steve-O – Drums; Lord Liam – Bass; Lord Stones – Guitar; Lord Kev – Guitar.