Menace Ruine are evil noisemakers from Montreal who bring together all the extreme sounds they can count on their hands: there's black metal in their sound, of course, but also industrial pastiches and eerie Death In June influenced neo-folk. 'Venus Armata' is the band's fifth record, and this time they lean towards an ambient sound.
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7/10 gbar 28th August 2017
There are a number of bands out there who claim that their music is a 'ritual' of sorts, but there are so very few that makes their music sound even remotely religious. 'Venus Armata', the fifth full-length from Montreal’s Menace Ruine, sounds like some kind of occult mass.
They achieve this by using a deceptively simple, yet entirely unique approach. The bulk of this record sounds as though it’s being played on a keyboard instrument through guitar-type distortion, which gives it the sound of something like an infernal church organ. "Marriage in Death" and "Torture of Fire" are good examples of this effect being put to good use. These seven droning, mostly percussion-free compositions and the folk-inflected, husky female vocals of Geneviève adds to the occult ceremonial atmospheres, and their hypnotic qualities draws you in and keeps you there throughout the record’s 64 minutes.
They occasionally add extra elements to the mix, including percussive industrial sounds, backmasked and layered vocals at times. It won’t appeal to everyone, and will not reveal its true worth upon one or two listens. Joining this ceremony is a commitment, but it's a rewarding commitment for those who are willing to give it time.
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