Case Studies In Bioentropy

Infidel? / Castro! - Case Studies In Bioentropy ©2001 Self-Released
1. The Violence Of Hygiene
2. The Act Of Sterilization
3. Objective Reality
4. Mobius
5. Spiraling
6. Negativity
7. Subjective Reality
8. Circular Thoughts
9. A Hanging Man

The one thing the age of low cost technology has provided for music fans is the unique opportunity to look directly into the minds of the severely demented. Or, at the very least, the minds of those who are also looking into the minds of the severely demented. In the case of the oddly named Infidel? / Castro!, we never do figure out if they're merely observing demented behavior or are, in fact, quite touched in the heads themselves. However, Case Studies in Bioentropy is indeed one truly twisted trip. If this was a Broadway musical, its target audience would indeed be patients of nearby mental homes.

Infidel? / Castro! is a two part entity. Obviously the two gentlemen behind this project are not operating with the same deck of cards as the rest of us. They take us through all forms of industrialized madness, from distorted white noise clear to quiet ambient passages. Throughout the CD, voices of the touched rant about conspiracies, lives on other planets and germs. The music, largely deconstructed and funneled through stream of consciousness filters, never stands still and is often unstructured enough to lose impatient listeners or those who are only comfortable in standard rock formats. Rather, this comes across more like the aftermath of abusing medicinal products. Some of the heavier moments have tinges of Esoteric styled ambient doom while the majority of the album spends more time simply being difficult to fathom. There's a good chance Skinny Puppy would be a little bit scared of this.

Case Studies in Bioentropy is a quite strange project. The appeal for listeners is limited, but for those who appreciate a wildly freeform industrial style that never spoonfeeds listeners, this CD has quite a bit to offer. Just don't expect to feel sane anytime afterwards.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/2003

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