Review: IDLE RUIN (self-titled) EP 2020

Written By Marc C. Pietrek


The FORGED LEGIONS Album/EP Scoring System:

10 HORNS UP 🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻

Highest POSSIBLE SCORE: 50 out of possible 50 HORNS UP



Does this album/EP remind me of why I became a metal fan in the first place? 🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻

Does this album/EP drive me to want to (metaphorically speaking) punch my fists through a concrete wall? 🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻

How likely would it be for me to actually buy a physical copy or digital download of this album/EP instead of being content to just listen to it via a music streaming service or on Youtube? 🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻

Is this album/EP so good that I would have to stop what I am doing at that particular moment (if at all possible) and call/text my closest of metal brethren or be one of the first things that I mention when I see them in person next? 🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻

Does this album/EP drive me to want to see the band perform live any chance I get (within reason)? 🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻

Total Score: 48 out of a possible 50 HORNS UP 🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻


Summary: Now THIS is what I am talking about! This mothefucker right up in here! IDLE RUIN (Brisbane, Australia) have dropped a blackened death thrash four song debut EP so remorselessly rabid that it should come with a series of fast acting immune globulin doses to be administered with seven gauge needle syringes. This offering of uncut malevolence was spawned during the current and still raging COVID19 pandemic and is the solo project of drummer/vocalist Liam Anthony [DECAPITATED MUM, ex- MALAKYTE] with involvement from guitarist Kaleb Doherty [WHEN DEATH REPLACES LIFE] and bassist Josh Dawson [DECAPITATED MUM, INDICA]. Per the unit’s electronic press kit, the purpose is β€œto create aggressive extreme music intended for banging heads and raising beer glasses”. Better break out the das boots and high trauma neck braces, legions.

IDLE RUIN (left to right): Josh Dawson, Liam Anthony and Kaleb Doherty

Influenced by such bands as KREATOR, POSSESSED, MIDNIGHT, NOCTURNAL GRAVES, NAILS, VENOM and HELLHAMMER amongst others, this three-piece barrages the audio senses like hallucinating, war lusting berserker Vikings ultimately decimating their enemies and then laughing about it while basking in the blood red moonlight. In all honesty, the only reason that I did not score this effort fifty out of possible fifty HORNS UP is because four songs were not enough for me. I was craving for more. Oh, such sweet savagery.

Stand-out Tracks: Whipped to Death, Spiritual Contagion, The Devil’s Trade, Gods of Glass

Be sure to visit both the IDLE RUIN Bandcamp page and Facebook band page. Horns up, legions!

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