Ruined Families
Blank Language


4.5
superb

Review

by Richard Spencer USER (1 Reviews)
April 11th, 2013 | 12 replies | 4,445 views


Release Date: 03/15/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Besides sounding as a highly exclusive album, “Blank Language” contains everything a modern rock record should contain

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

The easiest and most apparent conclusion that can be drawn when having to deal with a record released in 2013 by a Greek band is to blame every spark of rage and drama on the recession. Ruined Families however, directly defy any kind of easily accessible conclusions in their sophomore album "Blank Language" - even though their “Athens without answers” bloodcurdling, repeated line in song “208” could have been the central catchphrase of every single protester in their country.

To define “Blank Language's” place amongst the rest of the band's discography, it is crucial to look back at last year's eponymous 7'' and also, at the ever-deafening “Four Wall Freedom” debut of 2010. And you don't need to be seriously observative in order to spot, that the only stable feature in anything Ruined Families have ever released is the intellectuality: it's obvious in the song-writing, it remains obvious in the lyrics and it gets physical on the artwork. All the rest (the sound, the production, the style) is subject to the band's intentions at the time. And this time, Ruined Families took the story one too many steps further.

In fact, "Blank Language" works as a vicious cycle within every song: most songs can be split in two parts, which are both triggered mutually, in terms of fueling different musical elements. From the harsh opening of "Only Need Is Real" through the melodic concluding "Pedestal", Ruined Families don't settle for anything less than everything. They present here their own, newly broadened context which encompasses everything and revisits nothing: an ambiguous black-metal touch which accepts symbiosis with a declared devotion to hardcore-punk paradigms, while the heartfelt screamo kind is messing up, almost flagrantry, with the finest moments of the noisy shoegaze tradition. It's the mind-blowing continuity effect offered by the triangle of "To New Parents", "208" and "Easy Livin'" and the crazy-ass dauntlessness in "Human Fence" or "Books As Weapons" that comes to define "Blank Language" as a head-to-toe compact record.

Ruined Families in the era of "Blank Language" differentiate from every other concurrent act, meeting the most eclectic requirements that one could have (a fact that probably justifies their recent sold-out London gig at the Urban). These Greeks use the vibrant content of this record in order to leave their track (and they do leave it) on the all-time creational map, disregarding the potential need of a shoegazing or post-punk artist to embrace melodic vocality, while still ignoring the ostentatious need of the brutal kinds to... "stay brutal".

Concluding, on "Four Wall Freedom's" successor, Ruined Families attempt to push the limits and they pompously succeed. And when the record is done -about twenty minutes later- all that remains is a coherent idea that "Blank Language" is an album that, if it doesn't rise to an instant hit soon enough, it will take its time to emerge as a definite classic record to look back at in some years: a clairvoyant piece of art, which makes it only harder for Ruined Families to invent ways to surpass, in the future, the completeness met on this ever-explosive record.


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slipnslide
April 11th 2013



2640 Comments


nvm

slipnslide
April 11th 2013



2640 Comments


dont even worry about me

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2013



5906 Comments


album stream - http://ruinedfamilies.bandcamp.com/album/blank-language

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sixdegrees
April 11th 2013



16700 Comments


might want to change the "modern rock" thing.

WeepingBanana
April 12th 2013



10040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'm diggin this

JulesV
April 12th 2013



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a link to the band's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ruinedfamilies

Colliiiin
April 12th 2013



668 Comments


Yeah Iunno about that modern rock claim, but otherwise pretty good review man. I'm really digging this album right now, it's got a solid dosage of a lot of different genres I love and are mixed well together.

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TheSpirit
April 12th 2013



17130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty good but the review is REALLY overrated it

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DanielNightLewis
April 12th 2013



539 Comments


I liked their last 7" better but this is pretty good.

Blaizend
April 15th 2013



647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really badly written review, but agree its awesome

Owantjaaaa
September 19th 2013



3200 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Listening to easy livin and this sounds amazing

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ShitsofRain
November 7th 2013



5516 Comments


good stuff

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