Ruin (album)

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Artwork by
Studio album by Architects
Released 25 October 2007 (2007-10-25)
Recorded March–April 2007
Studio Outhouse Studio, Reading, UK
Genre Metalcore, mathcore
Length 39:31
Label United by Fate, Distort Entertainment, Century Media
Producer John Mitchell, Ben Humphreys, Architects
Architects chronology
Hollow Crown
(2008)Hollow Crown2008

Ruin is the second studio album by British metalcore band Architects. This was the first album to feature vocalist Sam Carter and bassist Alex Dean.


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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

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.[citation needed]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Sam Carter; all music composed by Architects.

No. Title Length
1. "Buried at Sea" 3:42
2. "Hunt Them Down" 3:19
3. "You'll Find Safety" 3:33
4. "Always" 4:11
5. "Sail This Ship Alone" (instrumental) 1:55
6. "Heartless" 4:28
7. "North Lane" 3:15
8. "I Can't See the Light" 4:24
9. "Low" 2:24
10. "Running from the Sun" 3:43
11. "Save Me" 4:38
Total length: 39:31
2008 re-release bonus track
No. Title Length
12. "Broken Clocks" (featuring Nick Worthington of Dead Swans) 3:42
Total length: 42:13


Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[2]


  • 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"
Artwork and design
  • Seldon Hunt – artwork design, layout



  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Ruin – Architects at AllMusic. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  2. ^ Ruin (liner notes). Architects. Century Media. 2008. 

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