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Voices of Ruin - Path to Immortality

It's a long road - 67%

gasmask_colostomy, November 26th, 2020

Although a little slow with their release schedule thus far, Voices of Ruin have certainly built their profile thanks to winning the US Wacken Metal Battle in 2018 and even establishing their own festival in their native California. After another 5 year gap, Path to Immortality arrives via M-Theory Audio, which ends the quintet’s time as an independent act. The punchy melodic death style of the past remains, with a minor shift towards more accessible songwriting, seeing as only ‘Whispers’ exceeds 6 minutes in length.

Bolstered by a gleaming production job, Voices of Ruin prove why they have been such a force in the live arena. Many of the hooks in ‘Carved Out’ and ‘Suffering Silence’ clout the listener around the head as the sparkling melodies bolt for freedom, Dave Barrett’s impassioned roars providing much the same battle-ready feel as Amon Amarth or Devildriver at full throttle. The energy of these attacks is tempered by spacious clean guitar work, especially later on in the album as ‘Into the Aether’ offers a break from the crunching rhythms and vocals and ‘Whispers’ spreads broad post-rock colours over a melodic metal canvas. Path to Immortality even ends with a surprise cover of Foo Fighters’ ‘Everlong’, which should provide a gateway for fans of mainstream rock to approach an already fairly accessible style.

Though the intention of Path to Immortality seems quite clearly a marriage of more varied traits to the energetic melodeath heaviness shown before by Voices of Ruin, the actual effect may prove slightly underwhelming. The more direct songs seem restricted to a particular style, while the downtime elsewhere on the album stalls the momentum gained, leaving a lingering doubt about the release’s overall quality as it ends.

Originally written for Metalegion #7 -