Album: "Metamorfosis"
Label: Matrix Cube (2003)
Style: Electro-industrial / EBM
Songs: 9


Reviewed by: Darklight

Cenobita returns as the solo electro-industrial/EBM project of Claus Bita. The title Metamorfosis suits this album well as it's quite different from the previous Cenobita album.

The previous Cenobita album Neo Milenio sounded very similar to other Mexican electro-industrial bands such as Amduscia, Hocico and Punto Omega. It also included a lot of heavy guitar. But this Metamorfosis album shares a lot more in common with European electro-industrial/EBM, and is 100% electronic.

While the core sound of this CD is still electro-industrial, there's a lot more upbeat club EBM elements in the mix. The music is less dark and the vocals aren't as distorted as they were previously.

Claus Bita has matured as a musician creating songs with better structure and more layers. But his music still has an aggressive punch to it. The songs are all driving with angry growling vocals.


Album: "Neo Milenio"
Label: Matrix Cube (2001)
Style: Electro-industrial
Songs: 11


Reviewed by: Darklight

Cenobita is a dark electro-industrial band from Mexico, and while they sound similar to Hocico, they definitely have their own edge as well.

This album mainly offers pure angry and aggressive fits of rage created with chaotic electronic programming, frantic beats, dark melodies and distorted vocals. But there are also more toned down moments to be heard at times as well with more orchestrated elements combined with deep clear vocals.

What makes Cenobita stand out from other similar bands is their use of heavy guitar. Some of the songs here are borderline industrial metal. But electro purists need not worry as the music is electronic first and foremost.

There's a combination of both English and Spanish lyrics in the songs, but since the vocals are so distorted, you probably won't be able to make out what language you're hearing.

If you like other electro-industrial bands from Mexico such as Amduscia, Hocico and Punto Omega, you will probably like Cenobita as well.