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Rueban - Indestructible (Album Review)
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Rueban - Indestructible (Album Review)

Rueban Issac is a Christian musician from Hyderabad, India. He is known for being the vocalist and drummer for a Christian alternative metal band called Onslaught (not to be confused with the UK based Thrash metal band of the same name). His band has been on the forefront of the Christian metal scene in India since 2007.

Rueban plays straightforward metal with elements of alternative rock and hardcore punk on his 2013 independently released debut; Indestructible. If you happen to be a fan of Madball, Agnostic Front, Warzone, Godsmack and Sevendust, then I cannot help think that you will find the music of Rueban to be of interest.

Getting underway to an aggressive guitar riff, "Split Frame" proceeds at an upbeat tempo until it crests for a chorus with a catchy refuse to go away hook. Only an instrumental passage without a guitar solo fails to meet expectations.

A very Godsmack inspired guitar driven progression initiates "Faith." The energetic environment is maintainted as the song evenly advances on a catchy chorus that is delivered in a hard hitting fashion. The vocal delivery is unique and fits the song brilliantly.

"Switch" is a heavy duty old school metal number complemented by a nice aggressive touch to the vocal delivery. The mid-section is really well constructed and breaks the monotony of the chugging guitar riff.

Taking off in a fast paced manner, true its punk influences, the gritty "Godrenaline" steadily propels to a satisfying strong hook filled chorus.

Rise delivers a quick, lyrically motivational and positive message that is relatable in length to the Napalm Death song; "You Suffer."

"Blessed and purified.
All sin washed away.
My soul is clean and ready for the living.

No one can bring me down.
Stronger than ever.
I am one with God.
Watch me as I rise."

The pounding opening at the start of "Burning Out In Flames" gives way to a guitar driven riff that gradually builds in intensity. Racing through its first verse with the rhythm guitar, the song leads up to a instense hard hitting chorus. A great song with a great hook to showcase Rueban's potential.

The title track of the album brings to mind, the sounds of the band, Madball. Subsequent to a heavy thundering opening, "Indestructible" tapers off upon reaching its first verse as a driving riff steadily pushing it to an infectious chorus with a great hook. The lyrics of the song really stand out and it conveys a message that, no evil can corrput any individual as long as he/she has unwavering faith in God.

"Blessed with a new life, I'll lead the way.
No one can stop me now, I am resistant.
Through the black, I'll face it all, I see the light.
I have the fire to lead this righteous life."

A laid back guitar line that gives way to a quickly moving guitar riff introduces "Rhea"; a song with melody that holds up quite well musically. I cannot help but get the feeling that I have already heard this. The song brings about a unique finish to the album that lyrically emphasizes on thanking God for all the blessings given in life.

All in all, Rueban displays a penchant for writing a song with a good catchy hook, tracks such as, "Split Frame", "Faith", "Godrenaline", "Burning Out in Flames" and "Indestructible" all standing out to be noteworthy musically. The album does stand out with its raw old school metal and hardcore punk sound.

However, The challenge facing Rueban, on the other hand, is to develop more consistency in his songwriting skills particularly emphasizing on the instrumental work. I definately would want to hear more from Rueban in future.

PURCHASE RUEBAN'S DEBUT ALBUM; "INDESTRUCTIBLE" AS A DIGITAL PACKAGE: http://rueban.bandcamp.com/album/indestructible
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