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Course of Ruin

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"Beyond the Back Room"

The Back Room is eulogized plenty in the pages to come, with good reason. Consider this: The Riverside Drive venue, which opened in 1973, is as old as doomed NYC punk shrine CBGB; moreover, both were ultimately felled by skyrocketing property values. But the Back Room's true value goes well beyond money. It inspired a degree of loyalty in its staff, performers, and patrons practically unheard of in the cutthroat nightclub industry. Often to its financial benefit, but sometimes not, it was consistently willing to program genres and styles shunned by trendier venues. Because of this, it was one of the few clubs in town whose clientele comprised a true scene – and without bending over backward to make sure everyone else knew about it.
Though the Back Room has booked as much mainstream rock and pop-punk as anything else for some time now, and though its most profitable shows over at least the past year have been hip-hop, it will forever be synonymous with metal. And the metal scene it nurtured for so many years is thriving like never before. Local metal is on TV with public access' Pure Metal Sickness, on the radio with 101X's No Control, in print with The Edge, Whoopsy!, and Reloaded, and in the clubs at Redrum, Headhunters, Red Eyed Fly, and Room 710. The one place it's not, it seems, is at the same dinner table as some of Austin's more celebrated genres.

"It's booming. It really is," says Tammy Moore, who began booking Redrum in January after two separate stints at the Back Room. She reels off a long list of bands populating this resurgent scene: Course of Ruin, Hatchetwork, Closed Hand Promise, By Any Means Necessary, Shrapnel, Mevyn, Images of Violence, Vesperian Sorrow, Pleasant Valley, Meet Fist. Most, if not all, she insists, deserve not just local but national attention. One side effect of the Back Room's closing, Moore notes, is that it has forced the Austin music industry at large to finally pay attention. She just hopes it sticks.

"That's exciting to me, because one of the main things I want to happen is for the city to take the genre seriously," she says. "These guys are real moneymakers."

Although the game side will remain open on a month-to-month basis for up to two more years, the Back Room's musical side signs off this weekend with an all-day barbecue and rock show Saturday (see schedule) and one last local hip-hop blowout Sunday with Basswood Lane, Nac & Swift, Casino & Gutta Gang, C-Note, Rob G, 3rd Degree, and many more. In the end, like CBGB, it was just a building, albeit an unusually long-lived one in a business where clubs come and go like the tides. What went on inside that building, however, for most if not all of the Back Room's 33 years, provided a wealth of lessons the rest of our beloved music scene would do well to learn. - Austin Chronicle

" 'Get Thrashed' Thrash Metal Documentary: New Trailer Available - Mar. 8, 2007"

A new trailer for "Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal", the much-anticipated documentary profiling the thrash metal scene of the early Eighties and its impact on the music scene, has been posted online at this location (Windows Media).

"Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" will receive its North American premiere on Sunday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m. at the Wave in Austin, Texas as part of the 2007 Texas Rock Fest. Director Rick Ernst will be on hand to answer questions following the screening and afterwards the bands POWDERBURN, FORCE FED and COURSE OF RUIN will hit the stage. - Blabber Mouth

"COURSE OF RUIN To Play LAMB OF GOD / TRIVIUM After-Party In Austin - Feb. 16, 2007"

Unsigned Texas band COURSE OF RUIN has been chosen to play the official after-party for the LAMB OF GOD/ TRIVIUM/ MACHINE HEAD/ GOJIRA show in Austin, TX at the legendary Stubb's BBQ on February 18. The band will take the inside stage at 10:30 p.m. directly after LAMB OF GOD has completed the show. Admission is free with a wristband from the outdoor show.

COURSE OF RUIN is currently putting the finishing touches on a new EP, entitled "Bleed the Pain", in Austin, TX. With more guitar solos, fatter production, and killer songwriting, this release will see the band expanding upon the sound they have forged so far. Check out for more details.

In other news, COURSE OF RUIN has just inked a deal with Real Clothing Co. The groups says, "We are extremely happy to be a Real Clothing Co. band. Jim is an extremely cool guy and his clothing designs are awesome. His company stands for all of the things we speak about in our music. We share the same outlook on life that Real does and think this is a great pairing. It is an honor for us to be a part of the Real family among such venerable bands as SICK OF IT ALL, MADBALL, and HATEBREED. We look forward to great things!" - Blabber Mouth

"Austin Music Awards 2007-2008"

Best Metal

#3 Course of Ruin - Austin Chronicle

"Austin Music Awards 2006-2007"

Best Metal

#2 Course of Ruin - Austin Chronicle

"Austin Music Awards 2005-2006"

Best Metal

#10 Course of Ruin - Austin Chronicle


Course of Ruin

Reflection of Self
Calm After the Storm



Course of Ruin began in 2002 in Austin, Texas. After heavy local and regional gigging, the band began garnering the attention and praises of fans all over the Lone Star State, as well as from national favorites like Lamb of God, Machine Head, American Headcharge, BloodSimple, Bleed the Sky, Ankla, Sevendust, Black Label Society, and The Agony Scene, all bands for which Course of Ruin were selected as tour support. After releasing a 3-song demo in 2004, the band released Dominion, it’s first official CD, to wide critical acclaim. Headline gigs at Stubb’s and Emo’s outside stage followed, further cementing the band’s place at the top of the genre in Texas.

Course of Ruin’s sound is brutal. However, the aggressive riffing is augmented with healthy doses of melody; intertwined with the dynamic changes that drive each song. The band combines the precise attack of machine-like modern metal riffs, with some overtones of progressive metal, and the relentless aggression of old-school East-coast styled hardcore. Combine these elements in the right proportions and you will have the amalgam of styles and texture that is Course of Ruin. Any way you slice it, Course of Ruin is pure Texas metal. Fans of Chimaira, Hatebreed, and Machine Head will love this band!

Course of Ruin’s lyrics are aggressive, subversive and yet laced with inextricable hope. Most of the band’s lyrical content is based on either personal experiences, or derived from an awareness of societal decline, and the hope of reconciling ourselves with truth. The band has no illusions about the fact that the extreme music will not appeal to the faint of heart, nor will the bold ideas or messages in the lyrics appeal to closed minds.