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Ruins
Mar-Oct '97 [Cassette] (Enterruption Records)

By: Jeb Branin

Have you ever wondered where bands like MELT BANANA, ANCIENT CHINESE SECRET and CHRIS DODGE/DAVE WITTE get their ideas for those wacky and crazy sounds? One answer is Japan's RUINS. This long running band has never risen above cult status even in the underground but their dynamic musical experimentations are treasured by many nonetheless. It is hard to find a band that is original in extreme music but it is especially hard to find a band that is THIS original. THIS trendsetting. THIS eclectic. RUINS play an improvisational jazz-core rife with entropic bass lines, chaotic drums and plenty of oddball accentuations. It can't really be explained (unless maybe you are John Zorn or Frank Zappa) only experienced. This cassette only release simply titled "Mar-Oct '97" captures some stellar RUINS moments. The tape is an extremely limited edition. Only 100 hand numbered copies will be made. They come packed in a sheet of sandpaper with a RUINS button, a postcard featuring the photography of RUINS drummer Yoshida and several inserts. So if you are smart, and I know you are considering the zines you read, you will want to order this right away!15
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