“In a small, secluded mining town in rural South Africa, three friends heard the call of the void, and spat fuzz back at it. Thus, Ruff Majik was formed, and Continue Reading
Buzz, chatter, skreeches and general cracklings are noise particulates that are used as puppet strings, raising and animating this grim marionet. Ruined is at points caricaturing in stark and craving screams accompanied by slow, ritualistic pummeling with grimly buzzing guitars circling around the maelstrom. At other points in pale but vivid passages it yearns a despairs, a refreshing counterpoint to the weighty groove of its heavier elements.
Bolstering their metal credibility, the strong thrash overtones in the shredding arpeggios and pummeling percussion are audible on every track. If I had to identify a similar sound for those who demand associations and categorizations, it’s comparable to a slower Testament with beefier production
“Lightless, Lifeless” is the high-point of this record, with it’s grand melodic passage at minute 1. 28 like a heavy applause before the final lap. It is the most satisfying experience throughout the record without a doubt.
The record with a run time of 43 minutes, engenders a sweet sadness peacefully reassuring in craftsmanship but its soul feels terribly awake to a longing that forever remains unquenched, pleasures almost in one’s grasp, like an all too vivid dream that evaporates with the dawning of the day. It is incredibly satisfying.