Clint Ruin, the king of deathly orchestration, the man whose music dives into the deepest reaches of the condemned soul, the composer whose arrangements play pied piper to the dark side, once again teams up with the dark industrial trudge of long-time contemporary Roli Mosimann (Swans). Dirtdish radiates a good deal more emotional force than some of Ruin’s more recent Foetus works. The songs all build on heavy, intense tribal percussion overlayed with bits of whiney distorted guitar (leads courtesy Robert Quine on “Prime Gonzola” and “Someone Drowned In My Pool”), occasional violin and Ruin’s characteristic vocal style. Dirtdish is full of Satanic religious fervor (indulge yourself with “0-0 (Where Evil Dwells)” and “Godbrain”) that builds in an intense layered fashion that only a duo like this could pull off.
CMJ New Music Report, Issue# 113 (13 Mar 1987), author unknown.
i am the man with the golden arm
i got legs of steel and a platinum palm
i'm the b-b-b-b-baritone of the works
and needles and pins make me feel berserk
my life is rife with nobody's strife
cos it's my wife and it's my life
don't look at my eyes, watch your possessions
cos i have to have cash to retain my position