Infidel? / Castro! - _Bioentropic Damage Fractal_
(Crucial Blast, 2005)
by: T. DePalma (7.5 out of 10)
Channel surfing rhythms introduce the debut label release of this experimental duo who exact their own version of the Ludovico technique onto unsuspecting ear drums. Indeed, while some reviewers were impressed by the abstract kinesis into sonic wormholes shown on 2002's_Case Studies in Bioentropy_, many were green with nausea toward the end. Making music profane for the unfamiliar is at least one sign you're onto something.

Infidel? / Castro! spread their latest torture sessions over two discs of expansive soundscapes that blend cathodic noise with a conglomerate of Ministry meets Isis says "hello" to Fantomas pinch-point effects. The feeling is not unlike being strapped or held down by force, and admittedly these are the least interesting moments on record and don't stack up well with more encompassing noise outfits like Merzbow or Prurient, partly because they appear as purposely ephemeral. It's how they're combined with airy passages of quieted and mysterious ambience that creates a palpable experience of usurpation and freedom within the model of this sound. _Bioentropic Damage Fractal is not radically different than its predecessor in this respect, but offers an extended glimpse towards the latter escapist portion of their style. The blistering, quasi-cinematic tensions of these preceding barrages dissolve into macabre electronic drifts that, in an ironic twist, take the listener by greater surprise than that high-frequency wall of chromic discharge. Once the cord is cut, the second half of the journey begins in gradual intervals, a renewed awareness against a solar backdrop of wandering instruments. A potent dichotomy with an expectedly low reformation rate; you have been cautioned.


(article published 25/8/2005)

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