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Ruins Alone – “Ruins Alone” – [Skin Graft Records]

Laethaka   1/31/2012   12-inch, A Library

Frantic and/or excellent Japanese Zeuhl from the lead guy behind Ruins. Whole album is about 45 min, but maybe more like 2 hours before it was sped up.

GRUBANDGO (#4B) is absolutely fantastic and highly recommended for just about any upbeat set. AHFTSIVESPHA (#9A) is also great and darker if you’re looking for something a little fiercer. Both, like some of the best Magma, take a look at the guttural freedom and unpredictable beauty and exuberant magic of primitivism- telling strange and wild stories around a campfire in a dark but unhostile night.

There’s also some killer tracks with more of a futuristic touch, like GLASCHZENCK, EQUESSPALDHO, and SANCTUARY (#1B, 7A, & 8A). “Futuristic” here denoting babbled vocals and a whole lot of synthesizer blazing. (does that sound ugly? it isn’t!)

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