|Studio album by Architects|
|Released||25 October 2007|
|Studio||Outhouse Studio, Reading, UK|
|Label||United by Fate, Distort Entertainment, Century Media|
|Producer||John Mitchell, Ben Humphreys, Architects|
Stylistically, this album displays a minor change in the band's style, with a more fluid metalcore sound. Clean vocals are implemented again in a few songs, to a larger extent than on Nightmares, although not as prominently as in later releases. The album features a change in guitar tuning, from drop C (which was used on Nightmares) to drop B, for all tracks, except "Low", which features the same tuning as drop B, but with the low B tuned to F# (the bass string on an eight string guitar).
Ruin was the first Architects album to feature new vocalist Sam Carter. His vocal style is quite different to that of previous vocalist Matt Johnson, marking a shift from screaming towards hardcore punk-style shouting. This is most obvious on the 2008 re-recording of "To the Death" (from Nightmares) that was available for download for a short period.
Ruin was released to positive reviews but seen as a departure from the band's previous album Nightmares, which was more akin to the works of bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan or Botch.
All lyrics written by Sam Carter; all music composed by Architects.
|1.||"Buried at Sea"||3:42|
|2.||"Hunt Them Down"||3:19|
|3.||"You'll Find Safety"||3:33|
|5.||"Sail This Ship Alone" (instrumental)||1:55|
|8.||"I Can't See the Light"||4:24|
|10.||"Running from the Sun"||3:43|
|2008 re-release bonus track|
|12.||"Broken Clocks" (featuring Nick Worthington of Dead Swans)||3:42|
Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.
- Sam Carter – vocals
- Tom Searle – guitar, keyboards
- Tim Hillier-Brook – guitar
- Alex Dean – bass
- Dan Searle – drums, programming
- Guest musicians
- Nick Worthington (ex-Dead Swans) – vocals on the bonus track "Broken Clocks"
- Architects – production
- John Mitchell – production, engineering, mixing
- Ben Humphreys – production, engineering
- Tim Turan – mastering
- Artwork and design
- Seldon Hunt – artwork design, layout