Album Review

Un Festin Sagital – “Sic Deus Dilexit Mundum” – [Beta-Lactam Ring Records]

abacus   12/5/2012   A Library, CD

Experimental music collective out of Chile. There is an amazing breadth of sounds on this release as one would expect from the Beta-Lactam Ring of wizards. Some ancient tribal prog-folk blends seamlessly into haunting drones. Ritualistic warbled vocals in Spanish cut in and out of vast cosmic journeys. The first track is one epic 20 minute amorphous aural insanity with sheer nightmarish power. The track starts with the prog vocals and they peak back out here and there. The 2nd and 3rd tracks have the mathy prog stuff but then cut into quiet drones and found sounds. ALERT??these go into VERY QUIET drones, almost to the point of silence for a couple minutes. The song will ??jump back out at you out of nowhere and its actually a pleasant experience letting them play through, but this a level of quiet nearing dead air. The 2nd track goes quiet at 4 mins in, the 3rd goes quiet 3 mins in. The fourth track is another twisting soundscape that is pretty much silent for the last 3 mins and then comes back in for a few seconds. The bonus CD here is a live instrumental performance where their prog influences really shine through. This gets heavy to the point of metal even, especially on the last track. Another mesmerizing release from the Beta-Lactam Ring of do no wrong.

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