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In The Spotlight: The Vita Ruins

With their chainsaw guitars, atmospheric overtones, and sultry vocal track, The Vita Ruins are a band that should gain attention with their debut release, A Day Without A Name.  After picking up shows around the DC area and finally taking it to the studio, we’re left with 11 fresh tracks that produce a balance of euphoria and disdain, assertion and reflection, highs and lows.

The Vita Ruins were formed in 2005 by Greg Balleza (Guitars, Bass, Keyboards and Vocals) and Tim Kratzer (Vocal, Guitars, Bass and Keyboards).  The two have been the glue behind the sound as they’ve collaborated with other artists the past few years, and had built their own recording studio in 2007.  Since then, they have carried their music live at venues such as The Black Cat and 9:30 Club.  The Vita Ruins have been labeled ‘indie music’, but create their own elements that give it a more experimental appeal.

‘A Day Without A Name’ gives us some insight on what direction The Vita Ruins are going.  The album is easy to grasp with common guitar hooks and basic drum patterns that forms the base that’s easy to put your foot on.  However, it delves into a more complex realm as you keep listening.  ‘Godspeed To That Polytheist’ opens the album nicely, and radiates enough ambiance to attract intrigue while not giving away too much.  ‘Seven Suns’ is undeniably the most radio-friendly song on the album, with its upbeat, simple, and catchy nature.

As the album progresses though, we see a sudden turn of events as the album dives into Greg and Tim’s more intimate side.  The guitar is virtually scrapped, while it steers towards abstraction.  ‘Griggs’ Diagnosis’ produces an exotic landscape that possibly deters the band from their indie rock label.  It ends with ‘Bad Dream’ a somber ballad that remains hopeful, and leaving the album off on a high note.  Overall, A Day Without A Name flows well and the songs mend together for a blissful listening experience.  There are times when the vocals sound similar song-by-song, but the instrumentation varies enough to give each song its own platform to roam.

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Photos courtesy of Nick Balleza

The Vita Ruins – Seven Suns

Posted by admin   @   3 March 2010
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