-Interview- The Face Of Ruin (6/8/17)

The Face Of Ruin talks about their upcoming EP, playing Bloodstock Festival and much more.


From: Warwick, UK
Sounds like: Melodic Death Metal

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “The Face Of Ruin” and is there any meaning behind it?

We started back in 2014 basically through a love of all things metal. We knew each other from High School and we all had a love for music and cheesy horror movies back then. So we decided to amalgamate the two and The Face of Ruin happened. We get a lot of influence from the Melodic Death Metal scene, especially the Gothenburg scene, so In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates and Soilwork were a big influence on us growing up. We're also massive fans of The Black Dahlia Murder who have adopted that sound.

The band name was thought up at a practice not long after we started, I think names were just getting shouted out and that one stuck. Not really much of a meaning behind it, suppose it would be cooler if there were haha! I think we had this idea of a childlike demon destroying earth as a story like lyrical influence, but other than that...not really it just sounded kinda metal! haha.

2. What do you want people to take away from your upcoming EP?

We just want people to hear it, let us know what they think, we've not released anything like this before so we want to know if the masses like what they hear.

3. What can people expect from your live show?

Fun, we're not exactly a 'serious' metal band. We like to have fun, bounce around, act like idiots. It seems to loosen the crowd up and they in turn have fun. You can also expect some blast beats, the end of the world and ample sausage talk! usually with a bit of Scooby Doo thrown in for good measure!

4. What's your favorite track to play live?

Hard one! errrm Return To Her I guess! its got a bit of everything, melodic yet dark in places! listen out if you come and see us!

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

The Black Dahlia Murder! The Black Dahlia Murder! The Black Dahlia Murder! haha If we had to choose two others, probably Carcass and At The Gates.

6. Any crazy show stories?

We won the Birmingham Metal 2 The Masses last year so we got to play Bloodstock festival here in the UK. That was incredible! Stepping out onto that stage and hearing the crowd was the most surreal moment of our lives. Also, our bassist Smith is forever falling off stage! usually because he's jumping around headbanging like crazy. He's smashed me in the face a couple of times one gig. He cut my head open pretty badly once, we just carried on! haha

7. What’s your take on the current state of Metal?

There are some incredible bands out there. New ones emerging on a weekly basis at the moment, so I would say that Metal is a growing Genre. One that people are starting to enjoy more. Also, it's great to see bands which we grew up listening to and watching releasing new stuff!

8. What’s the current music scene like there in the UK both locally and country wide?

Locally, is incredible. There is some serious talent here that doesn't get the recognition it deserves. But getting heard in such a crowded scene is hard. But it's great to be able to play with such talent on a regular basis. This also goes for the promoters of our area. They do their best to make sure that the smaller bands get exposure which is great!

I think Metal 2 The Masses is excellent for the local scene too. We have Coventry and Birmingham around here. So the upcoming talent in the area get to pitch against each other for a spot at Bloodstock Festival, which is a great honour to play.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

I think all of us use Spotify for our music, so I guess we're promoting this in a way...streaming more than downloading though. Not Illegally! Definitely not! I think streaming options like Deezer and Spotify are a good way to get a band more exposure...I think this is proven with how easy it is to search for a band and listen to then inside 60 seconds. Whereas before you would have had to go to a shop and buy a physical copy. At shows I tend to buy a physical copy, to help support the band or buy merch.

10. What’s next for The Face Of Ruin?

As we've talked about already, we have an EP due for release soon. We're also in the process on getting more shows for the back end of this year and looking to fill next year.

11. Any shoutouts?

We'd like to shout out to our brothers in Gehtika for being literally the most supportive band in our local metal scene! Without these guys we would never get gigs or know what to do. So thanks guys! Check Gehtika out! They are incredible!