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Ruins - Saisoro (with Derek Bailey) CD (album) cover





3.05 | 6 ratings

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3 stars First collaboration between brutal ,almost totalitarian, Japanese Ruins duo and British free jazz guitarist Derek Bailey.As you can expect, two very different components are melted there in one sound, and this sound is quite extremal.

Being one of cornerstone of Japanese brutal avant prog, Ruins played fast,sharp,angular,very complex technically avant with strict internal structures and logic. Almost perfect, but obviously too cold,mechanic and sometimes even anti-human.

From another side, Derek Bailey added to their music very opposite stream - free form chaotic guitar sound. I believe the result is controversial, but for me two extremes there perfectly balance each other.

No more dark industrial and mechanic rhythmic skyscrapers could be found - their perfection is totally destroyed by arrhythmic and illogic guitar scratching here and there. At the same time, Bailey is far not melodic or sentimental guitarist, so both parts there are everything but mellow/ nice sounding.

Music recorded is still sharp and heavy-sounding improvs, hardcore by their nature, but jazzy by it's structure. Heavy free jazz hardcore? Possibly yes.

Album obviously for brave in heart listeners. My rating is 3+.

snobb | 3/5 |


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