A quick overview,Ruins is a long running project by founder/drummer/vocalist Tatsuya Yoshida.It has always been just two people(although there have been several different bassists over the years)doing vocals,drums,and bass guitar.Ruins are most often compared to prog rock groups like Magma(a big influence acknowledged by Yoshida)and others from the 1970's.
On Burning Stone,Yoshida began to expand the palette of Ruins,with colorful melodies even popping up on some tracks.
This is still a pulverizing prog rock attack,but it has a sharper,futuristic edge to it.Initially I thought it was a bit muted compared to the previous album,Stonehenge,but there is so much more variety and textures than that album.
Yoshida and then bassist Ryuchi Masuda added various effects to their voices and instruments this time around.Yoshida peppers his spastic yet crisp percussion with sampled sounds like steel drums,breaking glass,vibes,etc.
Bassist Masuda in retrospect was instrumental in the development of Ruins into the more complex style they retain today.While Yoshida is credited with writing all the songs,Masuda should get some props for the variety of sounds he squeezes from his bass.I believe he played a 5 string bass on this one,and he uses what sounds like a heavy flange effect on most songs,and a sharper,less muddy distortion than on previous Ruins records.
What you have here are neck snapping prog attacks with wild effects zooming all over,alternating falsetto vocals with faux-death metal growling and vocoder enhanced madness.Yoshida took a cue from Magma and makes up his own meaningless words to sing,and reading the lyric sheet they are quite something to get your tongue around,a brief example being:"GDRASSI GUASSIWOH ZEASSI GDRASSIGORRTHO"uh yeah,for the western listener,he might as well be singing in his native language(Japanese)!
The biggest surprise here was some of the songs have very colorful melodies and are more like some strange alien proggresive pop than the brutal hi-tech madness on other cuts.
Yes,this stuff is definitely wacky,it's very strange,even though Yoshida's music owes alot to Magma and other prog rockers,it's STILL beyond weird.