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bestia centauri: teratogenesis

chronicles of chaos []
webzine, usa, october 2007

When Eibon Records is not busy releasing sombre darkwave or tympanum destroying cacophony, their attention tends to be focused towards assorted expressions of ambience, such as that contained on this CD.

Although recorded during 2002 to 2006, all are previously unheard, with the exception of the first half of "The Shaping of the Nucleus", which appeared in a different form on a 2004 compilation dedicated to H.P. Lovecraft.

I suspect there is a common theme or even concept, as all the song titles relate to the act of conception or of generating new life. On an abstract level, few music forms are as capable as ambient in reproducing the biological rhythms and sensations of birth, especially drones. But this is not what is on offer here, as Bestia Centauri has adopted an experimental cosmic ambient approach, creating a comparatively busy number over constantly shifting and at times uncomfortable patterns.

It certainly is not as accessible as, say, Raison d'Être due to their comparative lack of structure (not that the structure of dark ambient would generally be considered as such by those more accustomed to typical rock patterns of verse-chorus-verse), but that does not necessarily mean it is any less pleasurable to listen to for the more open-minded.

[Quentin Kalis]