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Ruiner: Prepare to Be Let DownPrepare to Be Let Down (2007)
Bridge Nine Records

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Prepare to be (mildly) let down. Ruiner's fairly hyped, proper Bridge 9 debut might come as a bit of a surprise to anyone who skipped over the album's teaser 7", The Lives We Fear, released several weeks ago. The band hasn't necessarily gone any sort of drastic stylistic makeover -- they're still.
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Prepare to be (mildly) let down.

Ruiner's fairly hyped, proper Bridge 9 debut might come as a bit of a surprise to anyone who skipped over the album's teaser 7", The Lives We Fear, released several weeks ago. The band hasn't necessarily gone any sort of drastic stylistic makeover -- they're still playing fast and foreboding, semi-melodic hardcore in the form of desperate heartwrenching moment after desperate heartwrenching moment, but a few traits have been tweaked along the way.

For starters, ever-serious throat-shredding Rob Sullivan sounds like a new man. Initial listens cause the band's frontman to sound like he's on the verge of vomiting his words; he sounds oddly nauseous and his voice is much more muddled and less clear than on the band's celebrated What Could Possibly Go Right... EP. Maybe Sullivan received an untimely visit from the Food Poison Fairy during the band's 11-day stay at The Outpost, where they twisted knobs with the consistent Jim Siegel (who himself does coat the album with a healthily pulverizing and necessarily dark tint). Luckily, repeated spins of Prepare to Be Let Down help the listener adjust to Sullivan's relatively new delivery, but one can't help but think he still sounded less self-rushed and better understood on previous efforts.

Musically, there's a couple of clever subtleties hanging around Prepare, but there's also a fair number of all too generic, straightforward moments that plague the record a slight bit. There are some interesting tempo changes and reckless, repeated cries of "hear me!" in "40 Miles North," but "The Lives We Fear" opens with everyday hardcore riffs and doesn't quite get really interesting until Sullivan begins to spit it. Still, the singer rambles like a man gone mad through Prepare's entire 21-minute (give or take) course, and that somewhat makes up for the band's failure to match the incredible dynamic they accomplished on the EP, where climactic moments like the closing of "Adhering to Superstition" reigned supreme. They certainly come close on the album's last couple tracks, at least; "When the Mourning Ends," "Sleepless" and "Kiss That Motherfucker Good Night" are all compelling practices in restraint and buildup, properly exploding where the band failed to on most of the album and making for an impressive closing trilogy.

However, what Ruiner may lack in musical progression, they make up for in the incredibly brutal lyrical department. Jaw-dropping lines like "Maybe if I said something a bit more meaningless, than possibly I could make my father proud of the things I've done" are nearly painful to listen to. Sullivan isn't just spilling his guts -- he's tearing out his organs and forcing them down your throat. He labels himself an "attention whore" in "That Stone Better Be on Fire" and dedicates the particularly bitter "A Song for Beggars" to what seems like a promiscuous old fling: "Seek your attention elsewhere; tell him how many times someone stepped on your heart / [...] / How perfect you can be but don't forget to mention how far you can spread your legs."

Prepare to Be Let Down unfortunately has a slightly telling title, but that's not to say it's at all a bad record, as it admirably spills forth bare-bones honesty in interestingly bare structures. It certainly won't cement their place as today's best band in hardcore, but it does prove they'll firmly remain in the genre's upper echelon.

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The Lives We Fear
Sleepless
Kiss That Motherfucker Good Night

 

 
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XXXTOUCHDOWNXXX (February 27, 2008)

Ah whatever.

jt (December 13, 2007)

i think this might be the best hardcore record of 2007.

jt (December 9, 2007)

Just picked this up and I was not let down at all. One of the better B9 releases this year. I love how every track is tied into each other. It's almost like the album is one fucking big-ass song.

victim (October 28, 2007)

Saw these guys tonight at the Fest, it was insane. On the record they sound a little like Modern Life Is War. Their show seems totally different but awesome. I might not have checked these guys out if I hadn't seen 'em.

I would still be there now except I have to fucking work now (yes at midnight)

Dammit

jakethelifeguard (October 16, 2007)

great album.
great live show
love the band
what hardcore is truely about

chuckelator (August 28, 2007)

love this record. cool fact, (not sure if he still is, but last show i went to there he was) rob is a bouncer at the ottobar in baltimore

millman (June 21, 2007)

ruiner > ruiner

Anonymous (June 20, 2007)

t minus 1.5 years until breakup

baseball (June 20, 2007)

Farewell Hope became Ruiner (after some member changes).

you know, i thought so but wasn't sure

i remember playing a couple shows with Farewell Hope at Cafe Tattoo in Baltimore a looong time ago, probably 6 years

sitars (June 20, 2007)

I'm only just hearing these guys for the first time and I like. Good review, but I'll check out the EP first.

nate_derby (June 20, 2007)

This band/cd kills it.

Anonymous (June 19, 2007)

10 because todd jones is a prick

Anonymous (June 19, 2007)

I think its been said about 50 times that Ruiner got the name from Nine Inch Nails. They started nearly a year and a half before that record even came out. Here is a more interesting fact between the 2 bands...
Farewell Hope became Ruiner (after some member changes).
Smacking Isaiah became AWS
Both bands had a release on All About Records.

usversusthem (June 19, 2007)

There's a picture up with the titles from AWS's upcoming album...

prayin2poop (June 19, 2007)

ive known some of these guys for years now and the are the hardest working people i know to get there music to everyone. why does it matter that there name is taken from a song or album? this band rocks.

Anonymous (June 19, 2007)

The new vocal style bothers me but otherwise this is a solid effort I think. Great lyrics, awesome music and rad artwork to boot.

Anonymous (June 19, 2007)

how is this record or band hyped? they tour all the fucking time and work their asses off. and yes this band precedes AWS record by a year and a half. theyre named after the NIN song. most of these songs rule too. score is for the band, songs, and as cliche as it sounds...the amount of blood, sweat, and heart they put into everything they do

fallingupwards84 (June 19, 2007)

they were around way before AWS released their album

i remember when AWS announced the title of their new album, i noted that they were taking the name of this band, and of course a AWS fan got his panties in a bunch when i said it

Anonymous (June 19, 2007)

How old is this band? I don't know anything about them. Are they new enough to have stolen their name from A Wilhelm's Scream's album? If so, that's lame. They give AWS a bad name.

danperrone (June 19, 2007)

man i loooooooooove this record...won't be surprised if it ends up the best hardcore album i hear all year

Anonymous (June 19, 2007)

a wilhelm scream > ruiner

fallingupwards84 (June 19, 2007)

oh and i dont really hear the big difference in Sullivan's voice..
i listened to Paint Peals and Bottom Line: Fuck You back to back and it didnt really sound any different

fallingupwards84 (June 19, 2007)

the first three tracks are incredibly brutal
it does start to sound monotonous by the middle of the album though, maybe i just need to listen to it more

Anonymous (June 19, 2007)

score is for the band, and hardcore.

elliottfr (June 19, 2007)

This band makes me think of what bane LP's would sound like if you spun them at 78rpms! Their front man is a bit difficult to understand at times, but you never doubt that he means it.

red_eye_inc (June 19, 2007)

score is for the bass sound this band has

red_eye_inc (June 19, 2007)

Score is for letdowns

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