Last year we announced the birth of this fantastic new band from Montreal. Menace Ruine came out of nowhere with a debut release that fused black metal and noise to astonishing results. Only eight months later, here they are with the follow up to their debut, “Cult of Ruins,”.
The Die is Cast sees the duo eschewing the howling vocals and blast beats and replacing them with majestic songs based around the vocal style of Genviève and the anthemic medieval music that bares much more resemblance to Neo-Folk than Black Metal. The band’s sound is far more approachable this time around, yet remains challenging at the same time. Somber tunes propelled by slow-paced martial percussion, ambient electronics and droning feedback are carried by an incredibly powerful vocal performance by Geneviève.
Menace Ruine set out to make a concept record based around medieval music, without sacrificing their intensity and they have managed to do so gloriously. With the current wave in the popularity of black metal, it seems like some of the more fringe genre’s such as neo-folk are also gaining more notoriety. Menace Ruine have taken that one step further by doing an entire recording in the martial vein. Folks familiar with Menace Ruine will be surprised when they hear The Die is Cast, but will still be able to connect to the band as the power that captured so many folks with their debut long player is still present.
Over the last year the band has been very active and performed live with the likes of Thrones, Nadja, AUN, Wolf Eyes, Daniel Menche, Francisco López, Sightings and Watain. The release of the Die is Cast will also see the band making their first series of shows outside of their hometown of Montreal.