(Matt): Ruinous plays crushing and dismal down tuned death metal. Our debut album “Graves of Ceaseless Death” comes out in November on Dark Descent Records.
(Alex): Well myself (Alex) Matt Medeiros and Shawn Eldridge all played together in the band Funebrarum. We were all unhappy with the situation in the band and left to pursue forming Ruinous. The three of us have a great chemistry and friendship that just works. The band sound is pretty simple just a combination when the 3 of us get together. It’s a real honest and a natural process being in this band. I would say we are for sure what you would call a super pure heavy death metal band without a doubt.
2.You have a new album coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
(Alex): Its super heavy and brutal but has a lot of diversity on it as well. We have some fast mid temp and doomy evil aspects. Im very happy with the songs and the production came out great. Very well produced but also keeps its rawness. I had the idea of how Death Scream Bloody Gore sounded when it first came out. That record had the modern sonically sounding production with the dirty rawness. So i think we got the best of both worlds.
(Matt): We definitely wanted the record to have a lot of grit and an old-school feel. I think we got that with massive heavy drums and thick guitars. The songs themselves are brutal and varied, with elements of doom, but with lots of hooks. The songs will get stuck in your head, and your head will get stuck in the wall from furious thrashing! haha
3.All of the band members are extreme metal veterans, what is it that you bring it in this band that you were not able to do with past groups?
(Alex): For me it is just the vibe we get when we get together. Everything comes out different than how i would have written for a Goreaphobia or Incantation record. And that is the magic when you are working with great people.
(Matt): Musically it’s a continuation of what we were doing together before, but now we can actually write songs and make records.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
(Matt): Lyrically the songs are about the horrors that lie beneath the surface of the mortal world, the torment of eternal damnation and other cheery topics. I take inspiration from all sorts of supernatural horror sources, writers like Lovecraft, Poe, and Clive Barker, horror movies and tv shows.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ruinous'?
(Matt): Continuing the lyrical themes, our music is Ruinous. I also wanted something that I wouldn’t have to repeat a hundred times, and then spell, when asked “what’s your band called?”
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
(Alex): We have not played live yet with Ruinous but when the 3 of us played with Funebrarum live it is full on high energy. Expect the same but times 10 now without the weak link we had in the past.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the album is released?
(Alex): We are working on stuff yes!
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
(Alex): So far it has been super awesome! People and close friends who have heard the record are all ecstatic about Ruinous. I am super pleased with the responses.
(Matt): The most important thing for me was that the three of us were happy with the record. We are, and now that people dig it, that’s a huge bonus.
9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
(Matt): Kalopsia has a new record, “Angelplague,” coming out in February 2017. It was recorded at the same time as “Graves of Ceaseless Death,” which meant I was doing double duty for several sessions. I’m psyched about the material. It’s simultaneously our most brutal, and our most sophisticated release. Huge moshes. Epic melodies. These two records are the best things I’ve ever done by a huge margin.
(Alex): I have a heavy metal band called Eturnus that i am hoping to release music in early 2017. I am working with some super great musicians with this. Very dark stuff but also very melodic. Completely different than anything I have done before and also something else I maybe involved with in the future.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
(Alex): I would say the next one will be much darker and musical.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
(Alex): It the same stuff I grew up with 60's 70's rock and classical music. Early heavy metal like Maiden and Priest and Celtic Frost, Voivod, Bathory etc.. I really don’t like much new music at all to be honest. Lately in the record player it has been Thin Lizzy, Autopsy, Pink Floyd and David Bowie.
(Matt): I came up in the thrash and punk scene before finding death metal, so bands like Slayer, Gwar, Megadeth and the Misfits are on the eternal playlist. Then classics from Grave, Deicide, Suffocation, Malevolent Creation, etc.
I’m super fortunate that a lot of my friends are in awesome bands, so I’m jamming new stuff from Hammer Fight, Cognitive, Dysentery, Abnormality.
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
(Alex): I like fishing and reading about history. Especially Russian history and early cultures. And most importantly just spending time with my wife.
(Matt): Non musical interests? Never heard of em! Haha! When not working or doing band stuff, it’s netflix, video games, books, board games and thinking about music!
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
(Alex): Thank you for your support and everyone lookout for our record November 11th and hopefully see some of you on the road. Cheers!!