Emerging British band RUINA are on a mission to create a new metal sound that knows no boundaries. The band’s diverse sound is built on an arsenal of riffs and big breakdowns and draws on a wide range of influences, leading them to describe it to us as “random, huge and genre-fluid.”
RUINA first got together at the end of 2019 when frontman Harv wrote an EP with the intention of starting a new band. The band members all knew each other from previous bands and, despite being from different parts of the UK, they were able to make it work during pandemic times.
As Harv tells us: “I think due to the nature of the band’s music being so random and fun, I’d honestly just recommend listening to all our stuff as it can jump from hardcore to rock to metal. There’s something for everyone, like an audible buffet of riffs.”
They released a couple of singles and four-track EP Nemesis, as well as a cool cover of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars, before releasing two singles in the last two months.
The latest of those is Vipers Nest, which was released on Friday (16 April) and offers a glimpse into the band’s heavier side. It opens up with high-pitched stabbing guitars that drop into a cool bouncy riff and driving drums. That flows into a lively opening verse led by angsty vocals, which flows into a melodic chorus with clean vocals.
Another fun riff leads into a heavy verse with intense driving drums, which leads into repeats of the line “Seems to me they’ll never question you.” That ends with a cry of “fuck” that drops into a big breakdown of booming guitars and doomy drums and cymbals, which flows into a second chorus. Big drawn-out guitars come in under spoken vocals, which gave way to repeated cries of “I’m caught, I’m caught, In the vipers nest.” Another big breakdown of heavy guitars comes in to bring the track to a close.
On the track, Harv told us: “It’s just as aggressive as it sounds. Expect serious riffs, harsh vocals, a soothing chorus, breakdowns (plural) – and a metric fucktonne of sass, honey.” Check it out in the video below:
That track followed the release of Stronger Than I, which opens up with big guitar chords and crashing cymbals. That drops into a laid-back verse led by Harv’s clean vocals “I’m spinning out of control, The silence takes its toll,” with palm-muted guitars creeping in and building towards a chorus. That gives way to a blast of heavy guitar chords with a high-pitched lick over the top, then a second verse ends on heavier vocals.
That continues with a big guttural scream that gives way to stabbing guitar chords and a fun guitar solo. A final blast of the chorus takes over supported by stabbing guitars then heavy guitars bring the track to a close. Check it out in the video here:
Harv tells us one of his biggest musical influences has been Bullet For My Valentine, on whom he tells us “Say what you want about them, but you can’t deny the hits.” Other bands and musicians that influence the RUINA sound include Devin Townsend, Beartooth, Kublai Khan, Volbeat and Atreyu.
And when it comes to what inspires their music, Harv tells us: “I think it’s evident that my lyricism is mainly inspired by my mental health. When I’m having a shit time, certain phrases will stay locked in my problematic brain, which will eventually spill into my music.
“A really obvious example of this is in our previous single Stronger Than I, which tackles themes of clinical depression, anxiety and spiralling thoughts. The words ‘You’re not stronger than I’ is me talking to my brain, because I won’t let that shit defeat me, even if it does prevail some days more than others.”
The two singles we’ve featured in this article are – we can exclusively reveal! – building up to RUINA’s new EP A Hundred Voices, which you can expect to be released this summer. And, as Harv says: “As I mentioned before, we have something for everyone, go check us out, support local/underground music (like the lovely folks at GigRadar) and keep listening to heavy music!”