'Menace Ruine's S. De La Moth and Genevieve Beaulieu simply create idiosyncratic
music from another world and another time, and the band's latest album, Venus Armata,
provides another mesmerising amalgamation of experimental and ambient sounds.
The mood on Venus Armata is set in stone by Beaulieu's beautifully sibylline voice, around
which layers of instrumentation alternate between scathing and shimmering tones. Waves
of beguiling gothic noise arise on ''Marriage In Death''. Neo-folk runs through ''Red Sulphur''.
Hammer Horror avant-electronics underscore ''Venus Armata''. Industrial shadings darken
''Soften Our Evil Hearts''. And poignant olde world folk collides with melancholic metal on
''Torture Of Fire''.
....even though Venus Armata's unorthodoxy marks Menace Ruine as band that has proved
to be immensely gratifying for fans of abstruse and experimental sound, there's music here
that could potentially appeal to a wider audience. You only need listen to ''Belly Of The Closed
House'', where eerie neo-classical sounds are chewed up by skin-crawling yet simultaneously
enchanting noise, to appreciate that Menace Ruine are capable of mining a lot of alluring
beauty from the very darkest corners of the soul.''
- Steel for Brains
1. SOFTEN OUR EVIL HEARTS
2. RED SULPHUR
3. MARRIAGE IN DEATH
4. SOOTHING BUT CRUEL
5. BELLY OF THE CLOSED HOUSE
6. TORTURE OF FIRE
7. VENUS ARMATA
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