.​.​.​Ritual Before The Hunt

by Ruhr Hunter

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patient_ot Although the next two Ruhr Hunter albums might be more accomplished in a musical sense, there is something about this particular album that I am drawn to. Recommended if you like the dark side of ambient soundscapes.
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    Ruhr Hunter's first full length offering explores the depths of dark minimalist structure, fused with rich ambient soundscapes. An apocalyptic journey through somber moods that swell without warning into abrasive, violent sound!

    ​From the front cover logo, a sawblade swirl of Raven limbs in black foil stamp upon black linen paper, to the last destructive, black tone that sonorously rings out into the vast depths of listeners conscientiousness. Chet W. Scott uses this first full-length solo disc to utterly distinguish himself as a completely different and better than most anything that's come before, evoking a strength and direction in his sound that defies any name, idea, scene or philosophy that has ever dirtied up the waters of dark experimental art. "Come Back, My Brother" is a genius track, taking a spoken sample from a Native Shaman talking about how he spent time speaking to raised wolves, who were released back into the wild, telling them that it's good to see them back again, this is backed by the most chilling looped and rattling ghost noises...The idea the music pulls you into then is one of primordial freedom and survival, a natural spirit of dark and light is released upon the world for the duration of the rest of the disc. Astonishing work by a US artist we'll be keeping an eye on.

    ​ ​Brooding, echoed textures, bleak ambiance, and ritual sounds that dissolve into a black void or build into roaring, mildly abrasive and experimental soundscapes. Very unnerving material, where ghostly voices beckon through a burning landscape, nightmarish sounds swirl omnipotently in dangerous hypnotic patterns and nightmares unfold before your eyes, only to disappear back into the void.

    ​Dim candle light "music" for the supernatural.
    ----NEO-BARBARIC #10

    The music of "Ritual Before The Hunt" applies a twist of originality on the concept of all that is sonically dark, teetering between vast and abyssal, and thick and suffocating, often with an illusive layer of mysticism coursing through the scattered eerie, melodic sounds. An astonishing piece of work that connoisseur's of dark soundscape should definitely seek out.
    ----SIDE LINE #31

    ​It would be a shame if this slips through the cracks and doesn't wind up in many people's music collections. Distributors, you need to carry this release!

    ​This album is not a passive listen, to absorb the intent you have to give it your full attention. I'm not entirely sure if this was specifically meant to be a concept album, but in the 64 minutes this disc runs there is a tangible thread of action and emotion that makes it a unique, visceral and engaging listen...
    ----WORM GEAR

    ​Most with a very peculiar definition of what an ambient record should sound like, Ruhr Hunter defies the normal rules of today's electronic antics and instead dives head first into something so organic that it seems to rise and fall like the tides themselves.

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The debut full length release from Ruhr Hunter (Now known as CYCLE OF THE RAVEN TALONS) exploring a spiritual and introspective style of Dark Drone / Harsh Soundscape.


released December 21, 1997



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