Ruins (Progressive Rock band from Japan)

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Ruins is a Japanese minimalist prog duo of drum set and electric bass guitar. The group, formed in 1985, was supposedly intended to be a power trio; the guitarist, however, never showed up to the band's first rehearsal, so the group remained a duo. The drummer is Tatsuya Yoshida and the group has featured four different bass players over its history.

The French progressive rock band Magma is the group's most important influence, to such an extent that Ruins' original lyrics are written and sung in an invented language which, at first glance, resembles Kobaïan, the language invented by Christian Vander of Magma. Ruins' material (which Yoshida, who composes the majority of their pieces, writes out in score form) is generally of extreme complexity and thus is often described as inaccessible - potential listeners may be bewildered by the band's unrestrained yet disciplined approach, or simply astounded by the visceral energy of the pair.

In addition to the "prog rock" label, the group's music has also been described as "math rock" and "zeuhl". That said, Ruins' style has consistently evolved since the band's beginnings; this is often tied in with the bassist Tatsuya was collaborating with at the time.

Ruins have collaborated with several other musicians, including prominent avant-garde figure Derek Bailey, auteur guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Keiji Haino and Ground Zero alumnus Kazuhisa Uchihashi.

Sasaki Hisashi left the band in 2004, and since then Yoshida has been touring solo under the name Ruins-alone (Ruins Alone). He has also performed as Sax Ruins with alto saxophonist Ono Ryoko. He was chosen by Matt Groening to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival Groening curated in May 2010 in Minehead, England.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Stonehenge Ruins 3
1992 Burning Stone Ruins 1
1993 Graviyaunosch Ruins 1
1993 II & 19 Numbers Ruins 1
1993 Infect Ruins 1
1995 Saisoro Derek Bailey & Ruins 1
1995 Hyderomastgroningem Ruins 1
1997 Refusal Fossil Ruins 5 1
1998 Symphonica Ruins 1
1998 Tohjinbo Derek Bailey & Ruins 1
1998 Vrresto Ruins 2
2000 Pallaschtom Ruins 3
2002 Tzomborgha Ruins 5 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2001 1986 - 1992 Compilation Ruins 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2001 Mandala 2000: Live at Kichijoji Mandala II Live Ruins 1
2001 Live in Guang Zhou - China Live Ruins 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2002 Ales Stenar Ruins 1
Ruins Ruins 1

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