Near Ruin: Comeback Preview & Rebirth EP review.

At one point, Near Ruin was one of the most important bands on the Kent music scene. Their unique brand of symphonic industrial metal stood out among a sea of metalcore and post-hardcore bands and earned them a cult following in the Medway/Kent scene – one fan even made their own fan video to their song ‘New World Order.’

They were featured in Wasted magazine, supported Iron Maiden’s former singer Blaze Bayley and they had a near-unbroken chain of Wall of Deaths at their gig during their anti-modern art anthem ‘The Masterpiece,’ including the bluntly comic lyric ‘modern art is a fucking disgrace.’ One wall of death at one performance was so big security had to intervene to stop it at the risk of injuring people. They were on the verge of greater things, but in 2012 they vanished. But after working on new material (their upcoming as of yet untitled album has been dubbed the Chinese Democracy of the Kent scene by some due to its delays due to many factors including money and having full time jobs).

But now they are back with a show supporting their friends Avokan at their EP Launch on the 20th September at the Woodlands Youth Centre in Gillingham. Their friendly bassist Luke Knight exclusively stated to MetalRecusants that “we have been away tightening our act, working on new material, a few other surprises for live shows, fingers crossed Woodlands will let us carry them out”. When asked about when we can expect more from Near Ruin, Luke replied “while were not quite ready to bust out onto the scene yet, we thought we’d do some sporadic gigs around just to give fans a taster of our new material.” With their comeback hurtling towards us like a comet, it was time to revisit their debut EP, Rebirth which was released three years ago.

Near Ruin Band Photo

Admittedly since I last listened to it in full, my musical tastes have become more diverse and it was not as explosive as when I first heard it, but it is still a solid debut that shows unmistakable talent. One of Rebirth’s major flaws though is the quality of the EP’s production (something which the band has admitted that could have gone better), but the songs still pack plenty of punch.

The lyrics on Rebirth still mean a lot today, the bands most famous song and EP opener is ‘Dying Unborn,’ which is a song “about the use of careless terminations as a method of contraception”, still painfully relevant in today’s society. The third song on the EP ‘Voice of Reason,’ is a critique on the “weak sentences people are repeatedly given for breaking the law and how ‘Human Rights’ are obstructing Real Justice.” But it is not all doom and gloom, the song which is most loved by Near Ruin fans is ‘The Masterpiece,’ which has caused the near-uninterrupted chain of walls of death at their live performances. The song is a non-subtle jab at the modern art movement (“modern art is fucking shit” is the opening lyric); it is undeniably silly but undeniably fun. Rebirth then goes in another direction in the rather underrated song ‘In the Eye of the Beholder,’ which is about “personal agony and the range of different emotions that you feel when you lose a loved one.” It’s an honest and powerful song with the music fitting well with the music with a well-executed guitar solo during one of the bridges.

But the EP is not flawless, despite getting many sections right such as the keyboard sections; some parts of the EP just feel a bit bland. The song ‘Experimental,’ seems a bit forced and uninspired, while parts of Rebirth feel repetitive. End track ‘New World Order,’ despite being a good rallying cry against the ‘War on Terror,’ in some ways can’t live up to its full potential. It’s a good closer to the EP but it gives the impression it could have been something more.

The majority of Rebirth has aged well for the most of it, but if the quality of the recording was better, it would be an entirely new vehicle all together. But nevertheless I am looking forward to their comeback and newer material.

Near Ruin Rebirth EP Cover

Rebirth Tracklisting:
1. Rebirth (Instrumental Intro Track)
2. Dying Unborn
3. Voice of Reason
4. The Masterpiece
5. In The Eye of the Beholder
6. Experimental
7. New World Order

Near Ruin on Rebirth were:
Marcus Kidner – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Simon Beck – Keys, Guitars, Vocals
Luke Knight – Bass, Vocals
Lewis Archer – Drums

Near Ruin are:
Marcus Kidner – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Simon Beck – Keys, Guitars, Vocals
Luke Knight – Bass, Vocals
Tim Morgan – Drums

Listen to Rebirth here.

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About Jack (843 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

1 Comment on Near Ruin: Comeback Preview & Rebirth EP review.

  1. James Killington // September 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm // Reply

    Love this band

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