Album: In Ruin
Label: The End
If you like: Holy Grail, Michael Schenker Group, Judas Priest, Scorpions, 80s power metal/NWOTHM
Standout Tracks: Empress, Burning At Both Ends, Delusive Serenade, Outrance
The most polarizing thing about this band is going be the vocals. If you don't like metal with clean, sung vocals, turn away now. The Canadian-based band has a very new wave of traditional heavy metal sound. NWOTHM has been on a steady incline the last few years, so if that's been a bandwagon you're riding, hop on.
The End has bands that are all over the spectrum, so you never really know what you're gonna get unless you have previous knowledge of the band. I was not familiar with Cauldron and gave In Ruin a shot. The band's three previous albums had been on Earache, so I assumed this was some sort of thrash, and was way off.
I'm not a personal fan of the NWOTHM revival, and am very selective of anything coming out of the genre. That being said, some songs on this album would be fun to sing to while drunk or in a parry environment. Honestly, listening to this release made me more curious about their earlier work from the reviews from Encyclopaedia Metallum (metal-archives.com).
The guitar work by Ian Chains in general, but especially on Empress, Outrance and Burning At Both Ends, almost sells me on this album as a whole. The dude can really play. Jason Decay on vocals/bass does a great job and Myles Deck is a serviceable drummer; In Ruin just not for me personally vocally.
The band, as a whole, definitely sounds tight on the album and pull off what they're trying to do quite well. Cauldron bring listeners back to a time when metal wasn't about incomprehensible lyrics, blast beats and down-tuned guitars. It's retro with a twist of modern. I wouldn't give In Ruin too many to replays fully, but the standout tracks mentioned I would definitely put on party playlists.
2.5 out of 5 horns
By Kyle Boaz