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- Union Of Irreconcilables by Menace Ruine
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6/10 gbar Customer review, 28th August 2017
If you could put together the sounds of Nadja and Merzbow with a tiny hint of black metal, then you have Menace Ruine. The seven tracks that make up 'Union Of Irreconcilables' are abrasive and often screeching slabs of sound, but unlike many drone/noise bands, this is perversely an album that has genuine hooks. The 10 minute stretches of feedback (such as on "Not Only a Break in the Clouds but a Permanent Clearing of the Sky") are perfectly balanced by tracks such as "The Upper Hand", which, compared to the rest of this album, is a conventional pop song (if you could call it that) with horrific, mangled-machine sounds forged into actual riffs and quite tuneful female vocals.
The black metal ooze starts to seep slowly through the second half of the album, such as on "There Will Be Blood", which has a very minimalist chord progression whirring away under a haze of static, while "Nothing Above or Below" is built around a looping melodic line that sounds like it’s being played on a church organ, although it's difficult to tell under the layers of hiss and fuzz. It's fair to say that this is intense and forbidding music, with powerful ideas that are woven into such uncompromising ways.
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