When the Deadbolt Breaks - In the Ruins, No Light Shall Shine (CD) Cover Art

When the Deadbolt Breaks - In the Ruins, No Light Shall Shine (CD)

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Origin: USA
Released: 2006
Catalog number: SCR 004
Have you become exasperated by the derivative, over-saturated genre of music that Isis and Neurosis have inspired? Do you find traditional doom metal to be plodding, lifeless and lacking variety? If so, When the Deadbolt Breaks feels your pain, and has thus presented an unclassifiable opus that will appeal as much to doom and sludge aficionados as it will to any fan of bone-crushing, well written and expertly executed metal.

We all know what happens when the deadbolt breaks; plenty of people get hurt. And we may just have the same results just by listening to the blistering and yet deep first work by this Connecticut band. All bullshit aside, I wasn’t sure what to make of the surface; the cover kind of looked like it belonged to a black metal band while the band’s moniker was obviously too hardcore to ignore. The end product is perhaps somewhere in between; at times WtDB breaks in this beating mode and yet at others these fellas get moody and drop some pretty powerful doom. Vocalist Aaron does some gargles of Listerine and goes for his best soprano work. Low tuned slow riffs are all about monochromatic spectrums and a surprisingly melodic guitar solo reintroduces the band as more than mere regional underground champs.

That twelve minutes later we are still listening to the same song is a surprise. And so is the fact that When the Deadbolt Breaks comes from the mind of ex-Cable Aaron Lewis. And that the idea of this band came to him in a dream. Was it a nightmare? I wonder that myself, because In the Ruins, No Light Shall Shine is one of those records whose heaviness is bound to its beauty and heart. And whose heaviness is in bonding contact with abusive ear blasting. Honestly, I am very surprised I hadn’t heard about this band before. In the Ruins, No Light Shall Shine is certainly an assured work that deserves frequent revision.