Massachusetts’ progressive metal maniacs Within The Ruins released their fifth and newest album, Halfway Human on March 3rd courtesy of E1 Music. Halfway Human has a slightly different feel than their previous releases, the incorporation of clean vocals and guitar solos throughout give the release a freshness, while still maintaining the creative and explosive musicianship that Within The Ruins is known for.

Guitarist Joe Cocchi is an exceptionally talented musician, and has definitely set a standard for progressive metal, instrumentally. Sweeping, tapping, and applying every guitar technique known to man (and machine) on each and every track, Halfway Human is sure to blow you away, just from the instrumental tracks alone. Vocally, unclean vocalist Tim Goergen is a monster. Using scratchy highs to powerful mids, and crushing lows, the vocals are sure to hook you from the instant Halfway Human kicks off with “Shape-Shifter”. Clean vocalist and bassist Paolo Galang’s voice will sweep you off your feet, giving the feel of the tracks a good contrast between Goergen and Galang’s styles. Tracks such as “Death of the Rockstar” and “Ivory Tower” will leave you breathless, layering vocals with groovy, djenty guitar tracks, you can’t help but bob your head while listening.

This album is a must have for fans of metalcore, progressive metal, and deathcore. Within The Ruins has mastered their craft and are at the top of their game, Halfway Human is a direct reflection of this accomplishment.

Listen to “Death of the Rockstar” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjhT5NrjwAc

Lineup
Tim Goergen / Vocals
Joe Cocchi / Guitars
Paolo Galang / Bass & Clean Vocals
Kevin McGuill / Drums

Tracklist
1. Shape-Shifter
2. Death of the Rockstar
3. Beautiful Agony
4. Incomplete Harmony
5. Bittersweet
6. Objective Reality
7. Absolution
8. Ivory Tower
9. Sky Splitter
10. Ataxia IV
11. Treadstone

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Written by JB McCleskey for Bloodrock Media on April 2, 2017
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