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CONTINUUM

Bass Communion

Progressive Electronic


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colorofmoney91
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4 stars Like being held captive by chains in the lowest levels of an old rusty factory.

Steven Wilson in collaboration with Vidna Obmana has created a stark depression of deep industrial ambience on Continuum that chills the skin upon listening. The three tracks on this album, labelled as numbered constructs, are successful in drowning the senses in complete darkness, no remnant of the faintest light to be seen.

In movies like Kairo where there is a scene where a character is lost of help captive in an abandoned industrial factory heavily coated with rust, Continuum is the perfect auditory companion. These tracks give off a sad, empty drone that sounds like the natural resonances given off when inside of a large metallic facility where other sounds are absent besides the distant kling-klang of unmanned machinery of generations past and the peripheral scattering of the inhabiting fauna. This perpetual atmosphere of uneasiness continues throughout the majority of the album until later in the "Construct III" where a view of light is finally found, as if after all of this time of being lost in this groaning factory that seems to produce nothing except red iron oxide and disconcertion, a way out of this hell is at last within reach and outside wildlife can be heard anxiously awaiting your escape. The album, however, finally ends with a resolving empty drone, suggesting that the impending doom had not been escaped.

A bit nerdy in my description, maybe, but anyone with powerful imagination should be able to generate their own disturbing series of guided imagery with Continuum, and fans of Lustmord and Atrium Carceri should find this album quite enjoyable. However, anyone afraid of creating an atmosphere of uneasiness within their mindspace might want to pass on this album.

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