Artifakt ‎– Artifakts II

Timecode Records ‎– TCCD014
CD, Album


1 Inverted Ankh 2:37
2 Plastic 6:31
3 Male 7:00
4 Ohm 5:09
5 5 8:13
6 6 7:28
7 7 0:49
8 SPQR 7:20
9 Fish 0:39
10 Malcuth 7:39
11 Isis 6:21
12 Eye 7:39
13 Untitled (Bonus Track) 7:34



Explanation on the cryptic symbols used instead of actual track names.

(01) The Egyptian symbol for man which got corrupted into the crucifix (shown upside down here)
(02) Plastic
(03) 'Sex' would be more accurate but the general consensus is 'male'
(04) Ohm/aum is a sacred Hindu syllable
(05) Esoteric numerology
(06) Esoteric numerology
(07) Esoteric numerology
(08) SPQR is a Latin abbreviation which translates into "by the order of the senate and people of Rome". This was used to sign edicts and sentences in Roman times.
(09) The fish is an early Christian symbol for Jesus
(10) The Malcuth symbolizes the root of the tree of life in the Kabbalah
(11) Isis is a chair/throne and the hieroglyph for the goddess Isis
(12) The Eye of Horus (originally, The Eye of Ra) is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection and power, from the deity Horus or Ra
(13) Track has no name - symbolizing 'nothing'.

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  • Barcode: 6009689370156



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February 10, 2006
edited over 13 years ago

Thinking outside the box…

With Artifakts II South African producer and Timecode Records boss Matthew De Nobrega takes psytrance a step further… And by step, I mean a quantum leap! Not since the release of Juno Reactor’s Labyrinth have I come across a concept album quite like this… None of the tracks have titles – they are all represented by symbols gathered from ancient cultures and more recent artefacts from the industrial era … Matt wanted to do something completely different from the vast majority of cheesy psytrance releases and eventually chunked out this concept-album… Thematically, musically and concept-wise it’s very far from what we’re used to within psytrance, but it totally works… Let me explain why…

Sweet mother of Ghandi! I’m blown away! This is by far the most interesting thing ever released on Timecode – and easily kicks the living shit out of most psytrance releases in recent years. It’s *that* good! I’ve had this album for over a month now, and I keep finding new bits and pieces every single time I listen to it… I’m really, really, REALLY impressed by Matt’s production talents – is there any musical style this man can’t do? This will seriously be a benchmark album for years to come… Mark my words – this is musical history in the making!

The whole concept with the symbols and crossover music might seem pretentious on paper, but believe me – it works! From the cryptic artwork to the well-produced, genre-bending music of majestic proportions… Get it - or get left out! Enough rambling for now – this is an essential album for any fan of intelligent, electronic music… Enjoy!

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