Ruffneck* ‎– The Death Below

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Ruffneck Records ‎– RUFF 054X
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Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Limited Edition
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Ruff54x – The third Vinyl in 20 YEARS on the legendary Ruffneck label!

3 Brand new tunes EXACTLY like we left of 20 years ago. True original Artcore has come home as predicted in 1989.

Record comes in a resealable plastic bag!

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  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side): RUFF053X -A-
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side): RUFF053X -B-
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching A-Side): -LvC- Souls Have Grown - We Collect
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching B-Side): -LvC- Souls Have Grown - We Collect
  • Rights Society: STEMRA

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RUFF 054X Ruffneck* The Death Below(3xFile, WAV) Ruffneck Records RUFF 054X Netherlands 2019
RUFF 054X Ruffneck* The Death Below(3xFile, MP3, 320) Ruffneck Records RUFF 054X Netherlands 2019

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DJNikon

DJNikon

July 9, 2019
About 8 years ago, I left a very scathing review of Lonely Manifesto of Unfolding Analysis, it was Dire, Terrible, Horrendous (to quote Statler & Waldorf in "Who Is It") It was as far from Ruffneck as I believe it's possible to get. PvK had lost the plot in my book.
Well, with this release he has most definitely found it again. I was instantly transported back 25 years but with a track I had never heard before. PvK has clearly dusted off the old 909 and Juno and got down to making some proper old school sounding gabber in the style that only he can produce.
I would defy anyone to listen to The Death Below and swear that they hadn't heard this in '94 or '95, it's that authentic.
Death Below is very, very much a Knightvision track, the vocoded lyrics, the grinding synth and the tearing Juno stabs mark it out as undeniably Knightvision. It's a perfect ode to PvK at his peak.
Massive is a bit more formulaic to the Predator guise style in my book with ragga style samples interspersed with a bouncier feel than TDB, another authentic corker though.
Lastly, and addly for me, The Stickup is the weakest of the three, but not because it's not good - it is!, but because I expected the Ectomorph style (Think Heartbeat or Totally Computerised) where the level of bonkers is at peak, what I found though was definitely Cybernators in style, from the distortion of the kick to the synth and sample use. Still a superb track but it felt weaker due to that Ectomorph expectation.
After all I said all those (8) years ago, welcome back Mr Ruffneck, our Artcore priest is back at the altar of gabber! The true Ruffneck Soldiers have missed this style, gone is the bitterness and the anger you so rightly felt from the XSV period and back is the heart and soul of the True Artcore Sound!