A horrible hack

Ruined Families


Year Released: 2016
Format: LP
Label: Adagio830
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jul 8, 2018
With their third album Greek screamo freaks Ruined Families find themselves on an intense and cataclysmic trajectory. Octaves are smashed with a perfect mix of speed, precision and viciousness that sees the first few songs blur together to form some sort of skin-flaying sonic whirlwind. The trundly Unwound/Twelve Hour Turn vibe of 'Demolition' breaks things up a tad, allowing you time for breath and the chance to clock that they've somehow managed to broker a deal between the caustic emotional hardcore of bands as different as Ritual Mess, Funeral Diner and Takaru. If there's a flaw it's that the production does too good a job of containing the chaos – a tad more dangerousness would have worked a treat – but it's still a good, solid slice of desperate hardcore from a band who I imagine must be something to behold as a live prospect.

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