Phenomena (Within the Ruins album)

Phenomena is the fourth studio album by American metalcore band Within the Ruins. It was released on July 22, 2014.[4] The track list for the album was revealed on June 10, 2014, along with the release of the first single Gods Amongst Men.[5] The album sold 4,067 copies in the United States in its first week and debuted at #72 on the Billboard 200.[6][7]

Phenomena
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 22, 2014 (2014-07-22)
GenreMetalcore, progressive metal
Length47:16
LabeleOne Music
ProducerJoe Cocchi, Josh Wickman, Jason Suecof
Within the Ruins chronology
Elite
(2013)
Phenomena
(2014)
Halfway Human
(2017)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
HeavyBlogIsHeavy4/5[1]
Metal Injection7/10[2]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5[3]

Musical style

This is the first album where guitarist Joe Cocchi uses a 7-string guitar, utilizing bass guitar strings in order to adopt an unconventionally low tuning and vastly increase the low range of the instrument.[8]

In a 2014 interview with Loudwire, Joe Cocchi noted that parts of the instrumental "Enigma" reference themes from Super Mario Brothers and also Inspector Gadget.[9]

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Gods Amongst Men"5:05
2."The Other"3:33
3."Calling Card"4:41
4."Hegira"4:03
5."Ronin"4:10
6."Enigma" (instrumental)5:01
7."Clockwork"4:01
8."Eternal Shore"3:23
9."Dark Monarch"4:08
10."Sentinel"3:44
11."Ataxia III" (instrumental)5:27
Total length:47:16

Personnel

Within the Ruins
Production
  • Joe Cocchi production, engineering
  • Josh Wickman vocal production
  • Jason Suecof mixing[10]
  • Cameron Gray design, artwork

Charts

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 72
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[12] 15
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[13] 11
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[14] 25

References

  1. written by Ryan Castrati on July 22, 2014 (2014-07-22). "Within the Ruins – Phenomena – Heavy Blog Is Heavy". Heavyblogisheavy.com. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  2. Driedger, Nate (July 16, 2014). "Album Review: Within the Ruins - Phenomena". metalinjection.net. Metal Injection. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  3. "Within the Ruins - Phenomena (album review )". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  4. "New Within the Ruins Track is Sumeriancore as Fuqq". MetalSucks. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  5. "Within the Ruins Show Us That They Are 'Gods Amongst Men' And Reveal Phenomena Tracklist - Heavy Blog is Heavy". Heavyblogisheavy.com. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  6. "Metal By Numbers 7/30: Overkills Armory army out in forceMetal Insider". 30 July 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. "Top 200 Albums - Billboard 200 chart". Billboard. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  8. "Super-Low Seven-String Tuning: C, F, C, F, A#, D, G — Why? Why the Hell Not? - guitarworld.com". Guitar World. September 1, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  9. "five-questions-joe-cocchi-within-the-ruins -loudwire.com". loudwire. September 12, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  10. "WITHIN THE RUINS Begins Recording New Album - blabbermouth.net". blabbermouth.net. January 30, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  11. "Within the Ruins Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  12. "Within the Ruins Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  13. "Within the Ruins Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  14. "Within the Ruins Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
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