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Ruiner is an American hardcore punk band from Baltimore, Maryland.

OriginBaltimore, Maryland, United States
GenresHardcore punk, melodic hardcore[1]
Years active2004–2010 2017-present
LabelsBridge Nine Records, 1917 Records
Past membersRob Sullivan
Stephen Smeal
Danny Porter
Dustin Thornton
TJ Catalfo
Joey Edwards
Mitch Roemer
Joe Redd


On October 5, 2004, Ruiner played their first show and released their first three-song demo. On May 5, 2005, they released a 7” EP “What Could Possibly Go Right…” through Firestarter and Gravemistake Records. At the end of the summer in 2005, Ruiner signed with 1917 Records.

Lyrically, Ruiner touched on personal sentiments such as disillusion with the world, desolation, lost love, self-loathing and disappointment.[2]

Ruiner played over 200 shows in their first year and half in existence and in their second year, the band headed to Europe for 31 shows in ten different countries. The band toured all over the world including Europe six times, Australia twice, as well as tours through Southeast Asia, China, and Japan, and many tours through Canada and Mexico. Their hard work paid off when Bridge Nine Records took notice and released their critically acclaimed full-length debut Prepare To Be Let Down in 2007.

In 2009, Ruiner took a break from their time on the road and holed themselves up back in Baltimore to work on writing their new album. The band headed to the studio in July with producer J. Robbins, and recorded the tracks for what would become Hell Is Empty.

On October 9, 2010, Ruiner played their final show and announced their break up.[3]


Final lineupEdit

  • Rob Sullivan – Vocals (2004-2010)
  • Stephen Smeal – Bass (2004-2010)
  • Danny Porter – Guitar (2004-2010)
  • Dustin Thornton – Guitar (2007-2010)
  • TJ Catalfo – Drums (2009-2010)

Previous membersEdit

  • Joey Edwards – Drums (2005-2009)
  • Mitch Roemer – Guitar (2004-2007)
  • Joe Redd – Drums (2004-2005)


Studio AlbumsEdit

Demos, Singles and EPsEdit

  • Demo (2004), Silly Girl Records
  • What Could Possibly Go Right (2005), Firestarter Records/Grave Mistake Records
  • Ruiner & Day of the Dead (2007), Vendetta Records/Burn Bridges - Split EP with Day of the Dead
  • The Lives We Fear (2007), Bridge Nine Records
  • Dead Weight (2007), Bridge Nine Records
  • Under the Influence Vol. 14 (2011), Vinyl Collective/Suburban Home Records - Split EP with Attica! Attica!


  • I Heard These Dudes Are Assholes (2008) - Bridge Nine Records


  1. ^ Kraus, Brian (22 June 2014). "16 Modern Precursors Of Melodic Hardcore". Alternative Press. Retrieved 27 April 2015. We're not talking about the obvious keystones... but the entities who helped engineer manifestations of power and passion who fueled the [melodic hardcore] scene roughly between the years of 2005-2009.
  2. ^ "Ruiner - Bridge Nine Records". 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  3. ^ US. "RUINER | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  4. ^ "Ruiner". Discogs. Retrieved 28 August 2013.

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