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Saints of Ruin

Titel / Title Elevatis Velum 
Label Echozone 
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Vö/Releasebereits erschienen / already released 
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The American band Saints of Ruin plays together since 2007 and with „Elevatis Velum“, the guys and girls from San Francisco released their fourth album. Nowadays, I am not really into this Gothic thing anymore, so maybe that´s why I haven´t heard from the band so far. On their new record they present ten very multi-faceted songs. No song sounds like another, so basically there should be something here for everyone´s taste. I really like the beginning of the album a lot; the songs are in perfect harmony with singer Ruby Ruin´s cool voice. But song number four, “Stare Solus”, is a song they should have left out completely. Even thought, the string orchestra suits the music well, the same can´t be said about the vocals, they are simply horrible. They do not fit at all. The way Ruby sings and also the vocal melodies, they just don´t go very well with the other elements of the song. Ruby is not a bad singer but she has a very special voice color, which doesn´t fit to every song. The band has to be very careful when writing the songs. With a few songs (“Stare Solus” & “Immnesa”), I couldn´t detect any emotions whatsoever in Ruby´s vocals. I think, slower songs are not really her kind of thing but faster or heavier ones she does really well. Surely, one or the other Gothic fan will like Saints of Ruin.

Sandy Mahrer

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