Ruins

Ruins is a Japanese music duo composed only of drummer/vocalist Tatsuya Yoshida and a bass guitarist (there have been four such bassists in the band's history). 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 music touches on progressive rock, jazz fusion and noise rock.

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.

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 beginning, often changing according to the bassist that 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.

On September 6, 2016, Tatsuya announced via his Facebook that third period bassist Masuda Ryuichi would be rejoining the band for a show in December and shows throughout the spring.

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
Ruins (3) = 廢墟* - 废墟像叶子一样飞 = Glide Like A Leaf 2004 CD, Album
No Image Ruins (8) - Within 2015 Cassette
Ruins (4) - Cauldron 2009 CD, Album, Limited Edition
Ruins (8) - Demo 2009 CD, EP, Limited Edition, Numbered
Ruins (8) - Incidents 2013 Vinyl, LP, Album
Ruins (4) - Atom And Time 2004 CD, EP
Ruins (4) - Cauldron 2009 CD, Album, Promo
Ruins - Ruins 1994 Cassette, Album
Ruins - Stonehenge 1990 Vinyl, LP, Album
Ruins (4) - Spun Forth As Dark Nets 2005 CD, Album
Ruins - Stonehenge 1990 CD, Album
Ruins (5) - Chambers Of Perversion 2010 Cassette, Limited Edition, Numbered
Ruins - Burning Stone 1992 Vinyl, LP, Album
Ruins - Vrresto 1998 CD, Album
Ruins (4) - Undercurrent 2016 CD, Album
Ruins (4) - Place Of No Pity 2012 CD, Album
Ruins (5) - Satanic Bitchpenetration 2008 CD, Album
Ruins - Hyderomastgroningem 1995 CD, Album
Ruins - Ruins 1986 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Stereo
Ruins (8) - Within 2015 Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition
Ruins - Burning Stone 1992 Cassette, Album
Ruins (7) - The Brad White EP 2000 CD, EP
Ruins - Tzomborgha 2002 CD, Album
Ruins - Pallaschtom 2000 CD, Album
Ruins (5) - Chambers Of Perversion 2010 Cassette, Limited Edition, Numbered
No Image Ruins (4) - Atom And Time 2004 File, FLAC, EP
Ruins (4) - Place Of No Pity 2012 CD, Album
Ruins (5) - Chambers Of Perversion 2010 Vinyl, LP, 10", Limited Edition
Ruins (4) - Front The Final Foes 2009 CD, Album
Ruins - Improvisations 1997 CDr, Album
Ruins (2) - Ruins 1984 Vinyl, 12", EP, Maxi-Single
Ruins (8) - Within 2015 Vinyl, LP, Album
Ruins - Ales Stenar 2001 Vinyl, 7", EP, Limited Edition
Ruins (4) - Undercurrent 2016 CD, Album
Ruins (5) - Chambers Of Perversion 2011 CD, Album, Reissue
Ruins - Refusal Fossil 1997 CD, Album
Ruins - Tzomborgha 2002 CD, Album
Ruins - EP 1992 Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, Numbered
Ruins - March - October 1997 1996 Cassette, Limited Edition
Ruins - Tzomborgha 2002 CD, Album
Ruins - Pallaschtom 2000 CD
Ruins (2) - The Art Dance 2010 Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered
Ruins (4) - Undercurrent 2016 Vinyl, LP, Album
Ruins (5) - Bloodstorms Of Hell 2007 Cassette, Single Sided, Limited Edition
Ruins (14) - 2 2018 Cassette, EP
Ruins - Live At Kichijoji / Mandala II 2001 CD, Album
Ruins (4) - Place Of No Pity 2012 CD, Album
Ruins - Refusal Fossil Special Edition (Unreleased Tracks & Live) 2007 CD, Album, Reissue
Ruins - Ruins III 1988 Vinyl, LP, Album
Ruins (2) - Fit Of Nerves / Stroll Of Girls 1983 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM

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