Friday, March 25, 2011

Ruled By Reason-The Dawning Of Dystopia

The Execution Kollective (TEK)

Ruled By Reason was formed in the fall of 2008 by guitarist Brian Montgomery and bassist Chris Glavac. The two musicians had already been playing music together for several years when they went about searching for fellow musicians who shared their interests in creating new and ambitious metal. Joining them would be guitarist Matt Tarach, a friend of Chris, and Sam Newman ( the drummer from Matt's former band Decameron). An ad was put in Craigslist for a vocalist (thus proving that Craigslist is good for more that just casual "hookups") and Jason Dean would come knocking. A three-track demo was recorded in the Winter of ’08 and by 2009 Ruled by Reason was hitting the live scene. Having already shared the stage with such bands as Between the Buried and Me, Cynic, Emmure, Veil of Maya, The Faceless, Born of Osiris and After the Burial this young American band would go on to record "The Dawning of Dystopia". Featuring elements of melodic death metal and metalcore the group's debut offering is surprisingly refreshing and consistent. In a world of extreme music Ruled By Reason look to stand out with well crafted songs that not only show excellent instrumental skill but also outstanding vocals from Jason Dean. What I found really appealing was the fact that the band's framework is almost that of a rock band. Not only do the band look to pummel you senseless with the heaviness of it but they give every instrument an opportunity to shine. You can tell that the members of Ruled By Reason have some serious chops and unlike far too much modern extreme music you can enjoy both the technical aspect as well as just how intense it is. Great debut.


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