Ruby Bullet - _Nothing Left to Bleed On_
(Victorious Pirate, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
I've been told this creature exists, that there are women who are active in metal, beyond flirting with keys and providing angelic voices. I've also been told that the world was created in six days and that there are fairies at the bottom of my garden. But it seems at least one of these propositions is true. Ruby Bullet consists of the duo of Pete Vassil and Suzanne Sterne; but in a reversal of roles, Vassil is merely there to provide drums, whilst the true star (ahem) is Sterne, who provides clean vocals, songwriting and all other instruments.

Yet this feminist victory would be a pyrrhic one if this were rubbish, or merely another mediocre entrant to the vastly overpopulated worlds of raw black metal, metalcore or melodeath -- or worse, another heavenly voiced entrant to romantic goth doom metal. But Ruby Bullet is none of the above, and instead they prefer to use a lot of progressive tendencies, off kilter rhythms and unusual time signatures (4/4 time? What's that?) to create a rather unique entrant to female fronted metal. Although it was produced in NY, USA, the album does have a rather European feel. It's hardly a catchy number, but an entertaining release that is a thankful deviation from the norm.


(article published 15/8/2007)

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