Ruff Majik


4:00 amSunday, 1 November 2020

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The Devil's Cattle is the new full-length album from South African sludge n rollers Ruff Majik and the first with their new label Mongrel Records. The album is equal parts Johni Holiday and newest member Evert Snyman and was recorded in late 2019 at Evert's studio in Johannesburg.

Ruff Majik was originally formed in 2012 when the band moved from Lydenburg to the realm of Pretoria. They entered the city as a three piece (Holiday, Glass, Manchino) and conquered the labor force together with no real experience in the scene, but a certain drive and ambition that only gods could counter. After three years of adjusting and playing only a few shows, the band finally made the decision to release some music.

Fast forward to 2015 when The Bear (an EP roughly inspired by the DIY ethos of Black Metal recording techniques) was released and got the band some mild forms of recognition. The Bear was recorded with two mics in a garage which ultimately explains its grit and distortion. Soon after the release of the first EP, Bobbejaan pushed the band onto a few line ups which put the band on the map and introduced them to Temple of Doom and other folks in the scene.

Shortly after the release of The Bear, The Fox was recorded and released which led to more shows and a spot in the then newly established South African doom/stoner scene. 2016 was also the year of the Wax Wizard, a crowd favorite until this day. The Fox also presented the band with their first small touring opportunities.