RANDOM CONFLICT: Ruin-Nation: CD

Stick with me for a moment—this band sounds like if Sabbath and Metallica started a street punk band. It’s tough as hell, catchy and melodic, ridiculously fast, and sometimes sludgey. They’ve got a heavy groove running throughout the release, and they play with time signatures, which I always appreciate. The vocalist mostly does a shouted singing, but here and there he also drops into this low, fierce growl. A lot of the songs venture towards hardcore, especially in the breakdowns / bridges / chorus. But the overall sound I get out of it is heavy metal street punk that’s rather angry. Take that for what you will. It’s a pummeling in a good way. Like when a massage therapist chops at your back but they also have studded gauntlets on. –Kayla Greet (No Profit)