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bestia centauri: the antediluvian earth

chain d.l.k. []
webzine, italy, may 2003

Started in 1999, Bestia Centauri is a US project which has released a debut CD-EP, "Ubbo-Sathla", on Somnambulant Corpse Recordings, and later contributed to the beautiful tribute the same label dedicated to H. P. Lovecraft ("The Outsider").

Quoting Tangerine Dream, but also composers like Ligeti, Scelsi and Xenakis among his influences, Bestia Centauri actually presents a highly-refined version of classic Dark Ambient, and I hope he won't get angry if I do quote, nonetheless, the classic Lustmord sound or the darker passages of Klaus Schulze's "Irrlicht" as other possible references.

Dealing with pre-human life and obscure primordial creatures, the four tracks of the CD-R (coming in a luxurious pro-printed A5 sleeve + inner jacket, in a limited edition of 150) are like an ever shifting mass, menacing in its undercurrent rumbles and reverberating drones. Sort of Xenakis' "Persepolis" filtered through old Howard Phillips' inner fears, so to speak.

[Eugenio Maggi]