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IF HOPE DIES
LIFE IN RUIN
METAL BLADE

If Hope Dies have got their metalcore stance perfected, as LIFE IN RUIN aptly exhibits this Upstate NY quintet’s brutal brushstrokes. From dead-on screaming vocals that run with blood to the chugga-chugga guitar goodness found strewn about the entire 11-track disc, songs like “Time is Not on Our Side” denote an outfit content on spewing forth hearty dollops of venomously vitriolic verse with the proper helpings of pounding rhythms and metallic melody in tow, whipping the pit into a frenzy. Merging the East Coast’s slash and burn style a la Hatebreed with shards of Swedish technicality, LIFE IN RUIN is an album capable of creating utter chaos.
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