Chi-A.D. ‎– Earth Crossing

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Amakusa Records ‎– AMACD003
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CD, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Clear Jewel Case
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Tracklist

1 Hammerhead 9:40
2 Black Light 8:02
3 Zero Barrier 9:11
4 X-Isle 9:52
5 Transparent Sea 9:34
6 Book Of Eden 9:25
7 Liquid Neon Sky 11:47
8 Blue Effect 11:13

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Notes

Total Time - 78:45

Together with the version in Pink Jewel Case this release is in a limited edition of 300 copies.
Pink Jewel Case - Limited Number 1~100. This version comes in a Clear Jewel Case version is numbered 101~300.

Packaging includes Japanese Obi, holograph, sticker and numbering.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: AMACD003 FH188A A
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LF42

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Chi-A.D. Earth Crossing(CDr, Album, Promo) Nova Tekk GmbH none Germany 2002 Sell This Version
CHIFLAC01 Chi A.D.* Earth Crossing(8xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) www.chi-ad.com CHIFLAC01 UK 2008
none Chi A.D.* Earth Crossing(8xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) www.chi-ad.com none UK 2006
AMACD003 Chi-A.D. Earth Crossing(CD, Album, Ltd, Num, Pin) Amakusa Records AMACD003 Japan 2016 Sell This Version

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Articuno

Articuno

May 18, 2017
The front cover is so ugly I can't stand to look at it. The music is awesome though - perhaps the best "goa trance" styled album from 2002 onwards.
alienjones

alienjones

August 30, 2016
edited about 1 year ago

There's no doubt that this is one of the best post-2000 goa trance releases put out by any artist. I quantify it as such because the sound of goa trance had all but died off in the late 90's and early 00's. This album fits in the goa trance mold (in some ways) but was seemingly written in 2001 and was due to be released in 2002, and has finally been released here on Amakusa.

Maybe this album was a last hurrah for the Goa sound, and for the Chi-AD project itself. It would explain the amount of craft put into these tracks, as every one is brimming with creavity. The arrangements are expertly constructed, and every melody, bass and acid line is complimentary. Melodies are teased and built upon in a way that always draws you back in; every track is a self contained journey, as all good goa tracks should be. And what journeys they are. I suppose I like to think of this album as 'progressive goa' - an unofficial term, of course. It sounds modern and fresh, it's driving, somewhat minimal yet extremely groovy (like earlier psytrance stuff), and has touches of the older goa sound (303 lines/ the kicks, clap snares and busy hats), as well as very memorable - and sometimes quite uplifting - melodies throughout. This album doesn't verge into 'cheesy' territories though, by any means.

Pretty much all of the main and background/interacting melodies here are top quality. Take for example, Black Light with its haunting melody at 3:40 with the bassline modulated to match; X-Isle has its melody teased and then unleashed around 4mins and again at 7 for the climax of the track. Hammerhead has a fantastic melody at 3.20~ and a great breakdown (yes, in a goa track!) at 6mins. Transparent Sea has a very catchy 'wailing' melody at 3:50~ building up from the background, and again at 6:30; Book Of Eden has a beautiful melody from about 2:00 which is built up in the next few minutes to something even better; Blue Effect has a really non-standard line (feels ravey to me) that comes in at 2:27~ and builds over the course of the song, really dancey stuff - and often considered a no-no for the genre by this user, there's even an actual well-done echoey (real) guitar riff running through this track! Liquid Neon Sky is probably the 'best' track on the album; it has a really dancey tearing synth that builds up from about 5mins to the breakdown about 7 minutes - with its 'uplifiting' melody which is definitely rather emotional - all the way to the end. It should have closed the album, IMO.

There's also some great acid lines in here although they never get squelchy; they're usually rather tearing and really give each track a sense of power and energy, especially sitting behind melodies like this. Underneath these top-notch melodies are some very finely crafted and groovy basslines. The superb mastering really brings these out. Just listen to the rippling bassline in Zero Barrier; the fantastically tasty driving bass groove in Blue Effect; the bouncy bass in Black Light, especially at 3:10. Transparent Sea from the get go has a very danceable bass/acid line interaction, and Liquid Neon Sky has an awesome bassline that shifts around the main melody (listen around 7/8 minutes in) and almost makes the entire song. It's very refreshing to hear an artist put so much effort into his basslines, as well as pitching them to match melodies. Well crafted, or thoughtful, basslines in this genre are often ignored. Here they give a foundation for the melodies to sit upon, interact with, and really shine. And thankfully, no vocal/movie samples here that are over-used.

I've had this album buzzing around my head for months after - but then I definitely put it on repeat many times! I think this is quite possibly up there as one of the best Chi-AD albums, as blasphemous as that may be to some users here. For me, it's the most consistent of the Chi-AD works, especially compared to say, 'Anno Domini' which had longer, more experimental music but was a little unfocused (for example, 'Shadow Spirit'). This album is all killer, no filler.

(5 TIP Shiva Heads / 5)