Magaibutsu is more than just a side project, a solo aside. Ruins' drummer Yoshida Tatsuya put everything he had in this album, and the result should appeal to fans of the cult avant-prog/noise Japanese duo, but also to those fond of Magma, Present, and 5uu's. Tatsuya handled every aspect of this CD, from performing all the music to putting the collage art together. He plays drums, of course, but also sings, plays keyboards, and occasional guitar. Drum solos these pieces aren't, but genuine Ruins-like anthems, with fuller arrangements and complex vocal parts (recorded at various speeds to create false soprano and basso profondo). In general, the music can appear less frantic, but that's just a question of tempo; rhythm remains the key ingredient. There are also more studio tricks and tape manipulation than what the drummer usually does in his group. From the first seconds of "Joneoik," the listener knows this album deserves a place in the group's discography, even though Sasaki Hisachi's thundering bass is absent. His fondness of prog rock takes more room (or can be felt clearer) than usual, which makes Magaibutsu something of a precursor of the duo's Symphonica CD. At other times it sounds like the work of a Japan-born version of Dave Kerman. The reissue released ten years after the original version has been remixed by the artist and contains six bonus tracks from the same sessions (about 13 minutes of extra music).
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AllMusic Review by François Couture