Upon first listen of this album you hear hints of Pantera, Lamb of God, Goatwhore, Testament with the opening track “Drown Your Worth” leading the charge on this 10 track disc with aggressive speed and machine-gun precision. Blending melodic metal hues and changing tempos throughout their music, yet keeping the vocals savage and strong and continually interesting. “Impartial Devastation” rips through your speakers at breakneck speed and is sure to whip up the mosh pit. My only complaint would be the songs’ short length, leaving the listener craving for more.
Carrying on the torch of an old-school thrash-groove orientated sound “A Toll To Pay” incorporates monster riffs with bombastic heaviness, sweeping lead solos and vocals that are a cross between Randy Blythe and Phil Anselmo. Like all tracks on “Revealed In Ruin” every element is crafted, well blended and straight to the point. I love the opening drum track on “Beneath It All”, like a drummer leading an army into battle. Building into an intense firestorm of thrash metal, soaring sonic guitar peaks dropping into deep bass valleys of epic proportions with lyrics that command your attention.
A more straightforward thrash metal attack is present on the fifth track “Limits Of Mercy” keeping up a quick tempo throughout the song - escalating into a face burning, fist pumping, head banging speed trip, that demonstrates No Man’s Thrones’ ability to write music that is intriguing and full of memorable hooks. The title track “Revealed In Ruin” has a progressive opening ascent crossing over to a groove laden intensity. Combined with great tempo changes, strong political/ philosophical lyrics and thick guitar riffs accompanied with demonic speed leads, this song is refreshing and bold!
“Veil” erupts out of your speakers like a volcano with the band firing on all thrash metal cylinders. An anthem and call to arms wrapped up in a whirlwind of fury. Galloping out of the gate, track eight “At The Heels Of Giants”, again displays no man’s thrones’ ability to mix many different metal elements together into one song. A crushing number full of precision and power, guaranteed to satisfy any metalheads appetite with its complexity.
Heating things up in “The Kiln” the band creates a fast tracked-relentless guitar mosaic that has a Slayer grip to it. Accompanied with screeching, gut wrenching vocals and insanely intense drumming techniques the only downfall is how it teases, like a couple of tracks on this disc, it’s time length is short and to the point (perhaps for good reason) but leaving the listener wanting more! Wrapping up “Revealed In Ruin” is the final track “Sword Or Swine” opening the floodgates and unleashing a torrent of metal madness. Combining a Prong/Pantera approach vocally and a Testament/Flotsam And Jetsam feel musically the song is a fresh footprint,uniquely No Man’s Thrones’ own, in the corridors of metal music.
What surprised me the most about this CD is the fact that No Man’s Throne is an independent band and not signed to a major record label. For this being the bands first CD release and handling all of the production work it is very impressive. Integrity and talent is evident throughout Revealed In Ruin with the band serious about their craft and seriously enjoying what they create. There’s different terms for metal genres these days to help sort out the wide
variety of worldwide metal music. To say this music is melodic metal/thrash metal/groove metal/death/core metal may be true and there are elements of everything on this disc but I see No Man’s Throne as offering a new level of confidence, that metal music is boundless and trends shall be ignored. Achieving a goal, creating what you love best, staying true to your craft, will win respect and success for years to follow.
I give this CD release 5 otta 5 broken-necks!!
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