“I learned the value in wanting nothing because then no one can take anything from you.” As these lyrics from the song “Dead Weight” are screamed by vocalist Rob Sullivan, the listener has a good taste of the emphatic bleakness he or she is about to experience throughout Ruiner’s new album, Hell Is Empty. Equal parts cathartic and confrontational, Hell Is Empty showcases Ruiner at the most realized point in their career both musically and lyrically.
Capturing the sound of modern hardcore, punk, and straight-up rock as the band dabbles in more diverse vocal patterns and songwriting that will produce just as many stage dives and singalongs that the band has become known for, Hell Is Empty is Ruiner at their finest. Lyrically, Ruiner touches on personal sentiments such as disillusion with the world, desolation, lost love, self-loathing and disappointment.
One of the most sonically and emotionally punishing records of the year, Ruiner has truly found their sound on Hell Is Empty.
Sullivan said, “…this new record still holds some of the same things we have always done, but the songs are slightly longer and we added some new elements. The addition of our new guitar player Dustin had a very positive change on the writing process and that’s evident on the new record.”
Hell Is Empty will see the light of day on September 22nd, 2009 and following its release Ruiner will head across the United States on the first ever Bridge Nine Records Tour alongside Strike Anywhere, Polar Bear Club, and Crime In Stereo. In true road-dog fashion, Ruiner will span the globe in promotion of their new album as they intend to hit up Central America, Europe, and Australia next year as well. With a strong D.I.Y work ethic, an honest and realistic outlook and a machine-like touring regiment, 2010 shows no signs of Ruiner slowing down.