For Ruin - _Shade_
by: Pedro Azevedo (4 out of 5)
One-man bands can be a double-edged sword: while they often score high on the individual accomplishment chart, they are also frequently let down by some element or another in their sound that just isn't up to par with the rest -- usually because the person's skills simply fail to cover every aspect of the music with similar proficiency. Not so with Ireland's For Ruin, as sole member John Murphy does a damn good job of sounding like a full band on his own on _Shade_. For Ruin has progressed rapidly since the split demo with Meiche: _Shade_ is not only better produced, the songwriting and execution are also superior. Playing a hybrid style that is usually closer to melodic death metal, with plenty of varied guitar leads and a lively pace, Murphy succeeds in keeping _Shade_ entertaining and enjoyable most of the time. A nice instrumental track is also included, while on the other hand the Rotting Christ cover that closes the demo doesn't strike me as a particularly noteworthy addition -- but it does no harm either. There is still plenty of work ahead of For Ruin, more consistency yet to be achieved; but the progression so far has been remarkable. Indeed, the new promo that is being prepared as label bait will most likely have a good chance of capturing some interest for the future. I, for one, will certainly be interested in hearing how far Murphy will be able to take For Ruin in 2006.


(article published 24/11/2005)

2/14/2010 P Azevedo 7.5 For Ruin - Last Light
12/12/2006 P Azevedo 4.5 For Ruin - Obsidian
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