The drummer of Ruins, Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple, and bassist Sato Kenji (one half of the duo Sekkutsu Jean with Yoshida Tatsuya); I think you can pretty much guess what this is going to sound like, so if you are totally nuts for these guys get this, if you are kind of on the fence, like myself, read on.
First off, this disc is way more Ruins-esqe than Acid Mothers Temples-y and is heavily dominated by the Sekkutsu Jean portion of the ensemble, so if you are expecting a lot of blown out psych guitar jams you may be disappointed. I was kind of hoping for a few of those myself in this collaboration. Mainly you get that signature frenetic pummel of Tatsuya?s drumming; a sort of grindy, heavy, funk-fusion; a Napalm Death meets Last Exit kind of affair. And similarly to Last Exit you get the occasional vocal absurdities, but unlike Ronald Shannon Jackson?s Dadaist nonsense verses you get some sort of gibberish vocalizations of unknown tongue.
Overall the interactions in this ensemble are good, you can tell that they are playing and reacting together on this one, but at times I feel that Makoto was following Tatsuya?s lead a little too much on this one at a detriment to the recording as a whole. In short, this disc delivers what you would expect, but is probably not going to be an essential part of any of these players? discographies. A nice effort but not one of their more memorable projects. 5/10 -- Kevin Richards (6 August, 2008)