Though the members of Darkest Hour had been slugging it out for many years before the release of this 2005 effort, their first to crack the BILLBOARD Top 200 charts, their music changed little over time. UNDOING RUIN is tight, uncompromising '80s-style thrash paired with howling metal-core vocals. Furiously speedy double-bass drumming drives virtually every song, with the requisite half-time mosh parts arriving in the perfect places. Six-stringers Kris Norris and Mike Schleibaum perfectly evoke the NWOBHM-influenced twin-guitar attacks of yore, revealing a well developed sense of melody. Vocalist/screamer John Henry spews lyrics filled with themes of desperation and general alienation in a throaty, howling rasp. Firmly rooted in the old-school speedy stuff but with contemporary vocals, UNDOING RUIN is punchy, melodic metal of a substantial sort.