Finland's Ruho have returned with a new recording which continues the raw and old school style of black metal from their previous releases and this is a review of their 2019 album "The Devout Thrum" which was released by Fallen Temple.
Dark soundscapes start off the album before going into a heavier musical direction while all of the tracks are very long and epic in length. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them. Dark sounding melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
A lot of the music is also very heavily rooted in the classic Finnish style but still capturing a very modern day aggression and when guitar leads are utilized they are also done in a very raw yet melodic style. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover death, occultism and anti Christianity themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Ruho and if you are a fan of raw and old school black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Vestigial Rites" and "Devoured To Dust". 8 out of 10.