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3.72 | 44 ratings

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3 stars Japan's Ruins are pretty much ultra-zeuhl, meaning they take the most bashy, brutal aspects of the Magma- created subgenre and whack you over the head with 'em for about an hour per album. This means crushingly overdriven distorted bass (like that in Magma's De Futura) at the forefront and clattery drums whishing about in the background. Add nonsensical, maniacal shrill vocals wailing over the top and you have a Ruins album. The playing is certainly impressive and it can be a visceral experience, but it can be a bit much for the ininitiated. I've only heard two Ruins albums, but it seems like this is a typical release. Anyone who likes aggressive music, from zeuhl to death metal, will certainly get a lot out of this album, which I believe is considered by many to be the duo's classic release. I pull it out once in a while to punish myself. Guapo is a more melodic, laid back version of the same concept +keys, so they might be a better place to start for the modern zeuhl-curious.
Heptade | 3/5 |


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