Massachusetts deathly metalcore miscreants Within the Ruins are bringing the pain again with Elite, their long-awaited third album, tomorrow. Their first record for the folks at eOne/Good Fight Music after two albums on Victory Records, Elite delivers plenty of mosh-ready breakdowns, but Within the Ruins have put a heavier emphasis on the technical side of their attack, resulting in their strongest material to date.

Within the Ruins recently announced that they'll be part of the 'The Sick Tour II' along with Chelsea Grin, Attila, Betraying the Martyrs, and Buried In Verona which kicks off on March 9 in Salt Lake City. The band will then be heading out on the 'Good Fight Tour' along with The Contortionist, I Declare War, Reflections, and City in the Sea. After that jaunt, Within the Ruins will head out again supporting After the Burial. All of the dates can be seen below.

In honor of Elite hitting stores, Noisecreep asked Within the Ruins frontman Tim Goergen to be part of our ongoing 'Five Albums That Changed My Life' series.

Far Beyond Driven, Pantera (1994)

I had liked Pantera prior to this album, but this is the one that really did it for me and made me a diehard fan of the band. I believe I was about 11 or 12 when this came out and it changed my perspective on what a heavy band should be, forever. I still get goosebumps when any song off this record is played.

Life Is Peachy, Korn (1996)

I was in 7th grade on a class trip to Washington, DC and we just so happened to stop at a mall. Of course I went straight for the music store and began browsing. My cousin had showed me bits and pieces of the self-titled Korn album and I saw that Life Is Peachy had just come out so I picked it up as soon as I saw it. I was in love as soon as i pressed play. The album was on repeat for the rest of the day and the many that followed.

Around the Fur, Deftones (1997)

This is an album that you can catch me listening to any day of the week to this day. Not a bad track on the entire thing. Chino inspired me on this album lyrically because he uses such an abstract writing style. It gave me a new perspective when writing my own songs. Things dont have to be so straight forward as long as there is emotion behind it to get the point across.

Astro-Creep: 2000, White Zombie (1995)

My Dad actually got this album for me when I was super young because he didn't like the fact that I was listening to a lot of rap music [laughs]. It definitely changed my life. Everything from the production on the album to the lyrics, the songs, and of course the disturbing artwork all done by Rob Zombie. This opened my eyes to the darker side of music and also got me interested in horror films.

311, 311 (1995)

I believe I got this album when I was in 5th grade. It was all my friends and I would listen to. It also set me up to be more open to different kinds of music later on it life. For those who know me personally, you know that I love many different kinds of music. I would like to thank 311 for that.

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Watch Within the Ruin's 'Feeding Frenzy' Lyric Video


Elite hits stores tomorrow, Feb. 26. Pick up your copy of the album at this link.

Within the Ruins tour dates:

03/09 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue

03/10 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre

03/11 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre

03/12 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre

03/14 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit Festival

03/15 – Austin, TX SXSW – Artery Showcase

03/16 – Dallas, TX – South By So What

03/19 – Jacksonville, FL – Rock Bar

03/20 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum

03/22 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

03/23 – Cincinnati, OH – Thompson House

03/24 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre

03/25 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom

03/26 – Lubbock, TX – Jake's

03/28 – Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theatre

03/29 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse

03/30 – Las Vegas, NV – Extreme Thing

03/30 – San Diego, CA – SOMA

03/31 – Conoga Park, CA – The Cobolt Cafe

04/01 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge

04/02 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk

04/03 – Medrof, OR – The Wreckroom

04/04 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven

04/06 – Boise, ID – The Venue

04/08 – Fargo, ND – The New Direction

04/09 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4

04/10 – Duluth, MN – Clyde Iron Works

04/11 – Milwaukee, WI – The Miramar Theater