Ruin seems to defy all limits on just how nasty death metal can be. Theoretically, there should exist an absolute opposite to the machine-automated and chrome-plated extremes of tech-death metal, but it's hard to elaborate on what this counterpoint would sound like—until, of course, you hear these Californian death metal cultists' exhilaratingly disgusting death metal oozing out of your speakers. Focused on serial killers, occult worship, and other such unpleasantries, their new album Spread Plague Death continues the band's reign of terror since reforming in 2015 after issuing a demo back in the 1990s. Here, the band dishes out guts-on-the-floor death metal with horrid streaks of doom, black metal and grind discernable among the carnage. As a sneak peek into the horror, subject your eyes and your ears to "At One with the Earth and Worms" now.

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As a whole, Spread Plague Death is remarkably nimble given its clear-cut focus and caveman-friendly approach to riffing: the stylistic mix-ups and layered samples generate an aura of obvious malevolence and hint at a killer's intellect behind the mayhem. "At One with the Earth and Worms" is, however, simply designed to dismantle brains and not so meant to cultivate thought as much as primordial loathing: sluggish riffs burrow their way through this track, joined by revolting harmonies and mocking growls. As confirmed by the video accompanying the track, it's an enticingly repulsive track—an offering to the sick that's eagerly devoured, maggots and all.

Band member Mihael Jason Satan comments:

"An important part of our process is making sure that there's enough variety that an unwary listener can never get complacent when listening to an album, and At One with the Earth and Worms is one of the fastest songs on the album as a way to offset the slower songs around it. Morbid melodies, hypnotic tremolo rhythms, and dynamic sections of pummeling finish off the song to draw listeners into the world of murder, killing, death, and total madness that we want to bring you into! The putrid music is bookended with our typical creepy samples to twist things even further into the darkness."

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Spread Plague Death releases August 27th, 2021 via Nameless Grave Records (vinyl), Goat Throne Records (CD), and Death Metal Cult (cassette).