FORTE RUIN – Rebuilding the Machinery
The Finnish six-piece named Forte Ruin recently released this cool EP of theirs entitled "Rebuilding the Machinery". Musically and stylistically speaking, we are dealing with melodic death metal with a modern sheen to it. Quite a few progressive metal as well as thrash metal elements sneak into the mix too.
The EP is comprised of six compositions that all have an epic and symphonic edge to them. The riffs are solid, the lead guitar parts are great, the vocals are diverse, and the clever keyboard touches add atmosphere to the proceedings. Although the production is pretty crunchy, a little more low-end would have done wonders; that rumbling bass should have been even more in the foreground me thinks. These guys vary the pace and tempo of the songs and there is generally an awful lot of potential to be found on this disc of theirs.
Although this is neither earth-shattering nor utterly mind-blowing stuff, "Rebuilding the Machinery" is a most competent and well-structured release with sufficient musical qualities and nuances to it to make it a worthwhile listening experience. This fucker definitely comes recommended to all lovers of melodic yet hard-hitting metal out there. If nothing else, check out the highlight of the EP in the shape of "Colony Collapse Disorder" with its many wicked twists and turns.