Over the last decade, Gnawed has released a handful of extremely focused albums that have solidified him as one of the best contemporary death industrial projects. Sourcing field recordings from elaborate urban explorations and incorporating homemade electronics, Gnawed builds an atmosphere that is simultaneously meditative and cathartic. On “Ruin,” Richardson once again proves his work is most effective when presented in the full-length format. Patiently unfolding over the better part of an hour, “Ruin” weaves back and fourth through territory that is both vicious and somber with an impressive sense of restraint. This is by far one of the most fully realized and expertly crafted releases from the project thus far.
– Justin Lakes