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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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Posted Friday, February 17, 2012 | Review Permalink
2 stars This is a collaboration between Steven Wilson's Bass Communion and Vidna Obmana. This is all very electronic sounding. It is ambient and tuneless. There is no percussion. There are a lot of electronic sounds and droning throughout. It is spacious, dark and leaves you feeling very abandoned. It is the sound of utter loneliness. Don't expect any movement in this music except for the last half of the last track, which could either mean a light at the end of the tunnel that you are hoping you can reach, or, most likely, just a mirage and when you get there, you realize it wasn't really there. That's the feeling you get when the last track builds your hope with movement in the music, not necessarily from percussion even though there is some non-rhythmic percussive sounds here (and only here), but then it just passes quietly away to leave you with an electronic drone, signifying nothing has changed.

The atmosphere is what this is all about. Unfortunately, it doesn't hold much to keep you interested, so it might work best as background music unless you want to just close your eyes and float. I have heard some Bass Communion which, even though it is beautifully sparse, it still has something to offer in the way of substance, though little. This usually works to the BC advantage, but not here. All three tracks (except for the end) don't really change much. I can only rate this as a collectors/fans album because it doesn't really seem to accomplish much, but what little does get accomplished has been done more effectively on other BC albums. 2 stars.

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