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Ruins
Tzomborgha
Ipecac Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There exists among ancient tribes the belief in strong charges of energy that can be stored in timeless repositories - trees, mountains, stones, bodies of water - and at these places man may tap into ageless currents that have been gathering power and vitality since beyond the memory of mortals. These beliefs transcend time and race, and even space if you believe in the cosmic slop and intergalactic warps in the fabric of our existence. Not all of the truths of science are evident to the minds of the adventurers of this age, so say the sages. And there are seekers of all kinds, as is evident by the musical perambulations made by the Ruins, who attempt to make manifest the multifold revelations and wondrous psychic transmissions of the ancients.

Held by some as merely calculated prog-thrash, Tzomborgha is not music to be tossed aside without careful consideration. Not for those seeking the simple bliss of pop security, the sounds on Tzomborgha take the listener through all levels of the musical spectrum, from the blarings of hardcore noise, to tireless, scathingly discordant bolts of discord that transform mere open passive bodies (which is you, the dreamer-listener with the headphones) into vessels of the truthful vibration that will live on with renewed vigor and rejuvenated purpose to sublimate beyond the lower frequencies all of the accumulated anxieties of the pent-up-life.

By the way, Ruins are a 2-piece (just drums and bass), but at times they sound like an army of armed samurai's. They recorded Tzomborgha for Ipecac, but although this is their Patten-affiliated debut they've been around since 1985 and are held in high esteem by those that might also enjoy the Boredoms, Magma, This Heat, Zappa, Zorn, and other artists of that ilk.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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