Ruin the Mind - Basement
Released off label 2023
This review was commissioned. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint.
Editor’s note: This single deals with themes of sexual abuse on a minor.
Originally written in 2008, Ryan Mitchell is resurrecting his long-dormant project Ruin the Mind which incorporates both industrial music and hip-hop. The re-master of this single sees Ruin the Mind collaborate with [EXOR] to create greater beats. And while this single isn’t terrible, I also think it should have remained dormant.
My first complaint comes down to the beat and theme itself. The beat is heavy, hard, and something that would be found in a song that you can generally bob to. That being said, the theme of the song shouldn’t be something that should be danced to. I think that the lyrics should have been the center stage as with most songs that deal with critical manners. Staying within the industrial and rap genres, I can think of songs such as ‘Chris Watts’ by Skynd and ‘How Could You Leave Us’ by NF whose tone matches the bleakness of the track. This isn’t doing it for me.
I also think that the vocals aren’t that powerful; there’s a lack of production on this end. It sounds like he’s singing through a tin can. I also feel that the meaning of this track can be lost as it’s often hard to understand what Mitchell is saying.
Lastly, there isn’t enough music to justify a five-and-a-half-minute track. The beat gets stale and we hear everything we need to hear around the three-minute mark.
While no one should have to go through what the center figure in this song went through, and I hope that whoever commits such a crime rots forever more, it doesn’t change the fact that the song is below middling. There’s a lot to be desired from this project, and maybe when Ruin the Mind releases new material we’ll see some good things.Oct 07 2023
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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