Within The Ruins & Guests – Live @ Mama Roux, Birmingham (30/11/16)

Bringing something technical, something completely heavy and a touch of the metalcore, Within The Ruins brought a nice and flavourful lineup to Mama Roux’s in Birmingham to show off what some of the best of the USA has to offer!


Opening up first was the four piece metalcore group who slammed the accelerator down straight away with their bouncy riffs and aggressive verses which, to the small crowd, has people bobbing away and enjoying what they bring to the table. Their drummer wins the award for being the most inventive with his playing, doing arm curls with the hi hat during a songs closing breakdown whilst Sean Mcculloch’s vocals transcend through the speakers. Whilst it might have felt much more flowing with a lineup of bands like Bury Tomorrow and Fit For A King, the quartet showed people a bit of diversity and gained themselves a few more fans.

Rating: 4/5


Up next brought the disgusting side of heavy with Pennsylvania showing off just how destructive they can get. With old tracks like ‘The Box’ and ‘Warpath’ making your doubts about whether new vocalist John Robert C. can hit it like the past vocalist fly straight out the window. The hardcore/beatdown crowd came into full effect once the slam-like qualities of their breakdowns came into fruition as well as newer songs ‘Bloodlust’ ringing just as true as it does on the record. ‘Little Black Line’ shows off Wyatt McLaughlin’s cleans to a great point and the sound of the whole instrumentation, as well as the vocalist, protruded from the speakers to an amazing extent. A flawless set and a band to keep an eye on for next year.

Rating: 5/5


There was definite excitement for this next band coming up and they weren’t wrong. The guitars and drums came through as crisp as anything and the tracks, old and new, showed off in the best way. There were parts where the vocals sounded a bit muffled through the speakers during parts where he was speaking to the crowd, so it took out of the moment in some cases, but during tracks such as ‘Flatlining’ from their Depression Sessions split as well as ‘Absolute Hope Absolute Hell’ being shown off to the well receiving crowd, this showed off something great that deathcore has to offer, as well as showing different sides to the band you might not be used to seeing.

Rating: 4/5


Bringing the show to a close is the technically gifted four piece who, with a career defining set, know how to give fans of every era something they will definitely enjoy. Wether it be from their 2010 effort ‘Invade’ all the way up to tracks from their latest release of 2014’s ‘Phenomena’, it shows the band has something incredible in their tanks with Joe Cocchi’s guitar playing being the stand out of the entire night, watching the hands just work all over the neck. With songs such as ‘Feeding Frenzy’ bringing passion and technicality whilst ‘Gods Amongst Men’ adds speed to the equation, their entire time on stage was met with dropped jaws and banging heads. It was just a shame there wasn’t enough people there to witness such an electric display of instrumentation and performance.

Rating: 4.5/5

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