that weepy nose and ease that furrowed brow, your wayward white-collar
wielder of way-out wonderment has returned to illuminate the ill, enlighten
the frightened, and soothe the sorrows of sad sacks far and wide! That's
right, Jazzy Joe is back in the hood and
the time has come for your martyr of misanthropic mayhem to drop more
mad science, in the sensational, superfluous skin graft style!
Between you and me, kimosabe, I don't know how those sly, super-savvy
savants upstairs manage to do it time after time after time, but sure
shootin', SKiN GRAFT has delivered the goods once
again! And believe you me, these are as
good as goods get! I'm talking about TWO titanic new releases
that already have the hipsters drooling, the blue blood's salivating,
and the fonzie's thumbs way up!
numbers don't lie - At long last we have arrived at SKiN
GRAFT catalog number GR75 - the split 7" and comic book extravaganza
from HIGH ON FIRE (ta-daa!), RUINS
(ta-daa!) and SKiN GRAFT's cartoonist's supreme ROB
SYERS and MARK FISCHER (wa-waa)
AND (!) catalog number GR76 - the full-on
awe-inspiring, ma-perspiring, pa-expiring, bombastic, flat out fantastic
digital disc from the heroes of hardcore progheads everywhere - Japan's
sainted sons - RUINS and their altogether
awesome album "Vrresto"!
WARNING: Read the following at your own
risk. By proceeding you agree to indemnify SKiN Graft and it's associates
from any irrational acts of joy induced by the Jazzy One's report. This
includes, but is not limited to: bed-wetting,
gleeful forks to the eye, bitten tongues and unwanted pregnancy.
That said, forward mosh!
celebration of the arrival of our 75th release, SKiN GRAFT Records is
pleased to present a new split 7" and comic book
set in the grand old style pioneered way back at catalog number GR01
- featuring RUINS and HIGH
ON FIRE, with a comic book sleeve by Los Bros. Graft. Released
in conjunction with Relapse Records, HIGH
ON FIRE present "Brother In The Wind",
recorded by Steve Albini, and sporting Matt Pike (ex -Sleep), Des Kensel,
and Joe Preston (Ex-Melvins). Here you'll find all of the robust riffing
and low-end thunder that's made the band the idols of millions. RUINS
(Yoshida Tatsuya and Sasaki Hisashi) deliver "Gwodhunqa",
a raging new composition that is surprisingly introspective & melodic,
tempering their complexicore tendencies before delivering their patented
mindboggling drum / bass shredding. Rounding out this three-way split
is the comic "Unsolved Histories",
the first Skin Graft comic produced entirely in full-color, which chronicles
a contemporary civil war, with a side of sci-fi and ultra-violence.
And that's just for starters! Read on righteous
Like their visual namesake, RUINS are colossal.
An avalanche of energy, nuanced and direct, written in stone. Japan's
drum(s) and bass duo are renowned around the globe for their mind-bendingly
fast and complex hyper-progressive rock onslaught. Ruins are masters
of quick-change, stop/start tempos, time signatures and textures. Hardcore,
psych, speed metal, art rock, funk- all are elements incorporated into
their music, but what comes out is irrefutably original. Unquestionably
RUINS. Ruins formed in 1985 and are Japan's preeminent underground
force. Their influence is heard in the music of Fantomas, Lightning
Bolt and a generation of musical freakouts, but RUINS continue to evolve
and lead the charge. Ruins have recorded with the likes of Derek Bailey
and John Zorn, and have inherited the musical constitution of avant-garde
and progressive groups such as Magma, Frank Zappa, Henry Cow, and King
Crimson - but their overwhelming physical power jettisons them into
another realm, beyond borders of genre, to find opened arms and dropped
jaws not only within these esteemed circles, but also among hardcore
punk enthusiasts and metal audiences craving speed, technical ability
and razor sharp precision. Few, if any, bands
can appeal equally to both Slayer fans and Debussy and Webern enthusiasts.
Following 2002's "1986-1992" (Skin Graft)
& "Tzomborgha" (Ipecac) and released consecutively
with their new split 7" and comic release with HIGH ON FIRE, comes RUINS'
"Vrresto". Here are all of the uncanny vocalizations, psychedelic
inventiveness, infectious melodies, improv spasticity, and thrashing
bass/drums workouts RUINS are renowned for. Previously only available
overseas, 2005 finds Vrresto receiving a domestic release, in a new
edition, extensively remixed & remastered by RUINS founder Tatsuya Yoshida
at Magaibitsu Studios in Tokyo. Vrresto also includes two previously
unreleased tracks newly sequenced into the album, making this the broadest
RUINS release to date.