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The melancholic distortion of “Ruines” slowly lumbers through a thick fog, making itself known in betrayal of isolation. Drawing the listener in with a profound ¬†and familiar sadness, the album explodes with emotional bursts of tragic happiness. Thehappymask is a one man post-black metal project from Russia with elements of dark ambient, doom, shoegaze and hardcore. It’s a raw medley of washed out harsh noise, pure emotion and beautiful cascading guitars.