Sunday 23 November 2014


GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Post-Metal / Screamo / Hardcore / Thrash / Crust / Grunge / Sludge
Related artistsN/A.
Country: Αθήνα, GREECE
Years Active2009-present
Song: "208"
Album: "Blank Language"
Year: 2013
Label(s): Adagio830 / Halo of Flies / Dog Knights Productions / Gardens / Gafas Del Rigor / True to the Game Records / Athens Noise / Scarecrow / World's Appreciated Kitsch
This post's artist is from the November 2014 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download the October Mix#11 right here or get the new November Mix#12 here.
For fans of: Cassilis, Bleeding Kansas, Callow, Rayleigh, His Hero Is GoneWounded Knee, Graf Orlock, Foxmoulder, Phoenix Bodies, Curl Up And DieBirdbrain, Lost Lands, Dangers!, Jungbluth, Canyons, Knut and Backstabbers Inc.

The boys in RUINED FAMILIES from Greece contacted me about doing a review of their band a few months back. This was rather irrelevant as I had slotted them in to do a review anyway. So, on to it.

I found out about the band right when I started up Zegema Beach Records because I grabbed some copies of their newest effort 'Blank Language' for my distro (grab them here) after reading the label's description of the band's sound. I would describe the sound as caustic, dirty and grungy hardcore with elements of screamo, not unlike Cassilis, (early) FoxmoulderBirdbrain and Callow.

The mixture of aggressive melodies and droning rhythms are generally bass-centered and littered with gutteral shouts/screams. Material by RUINED FAMILIES is generally not that varied, but the everyone doesn't have to be Pink Floyd, as they do what they do well - short, punk/hardcore songs that should have you screaming at government offices in no time. The band has yet to really blow me away, but everything they've released has been rock solid and I am interested to see where the band decides to head in terms of their evolutionary material. If I had to choose a starting point, I'd highly recommend the 'Untitled' 7" (which you can purchase here) as it has more of a Bleeding Kansas feel, heavier, mathier and screamier. The aforementioned 'Blank Language' is certainly a decent record and a progressive step forward for the band, but the slower, lighter touch removes some of the intensity from RUINED FAMILIES, which was one of the strongest things they had going. Their first LP 'Four Wall Freedom' is also on the heavy side and boasts more Bleeding Kansas meets Knut styled metallic hardcore.



2010 - Four Wall Freedom 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

2012 - Untitled 7"EP (stream/donate/download here)
2012 - Discography cassette

2013 - Blank Language 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)


(2010) RUINED FAMILIES - "Modern Man" (from 'Four Wall Freedom')

(2010) RUINED FAMILIES - "Seasons" (from 'Four Wall Freedom')

(2010) RUINED FAMILIES - "Patriarchy" (from 'Four Wall Freedom')

(2012) RUINED FAMILIES - "Voidealism" (from 'Untitled')

(2012) RUINED FAMILIES - "You Will Become Like Your Father" (from 'Untitled')

(2013) RUINED FAMILIES - "208" (from 'Blank Language')

(2013) RUINED FAMILIES - "Books as Weapons" (from 'Blank Language')


RUINED FAMILIES additional links


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