Spicelab ‎– The Spirit Of Fear

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The Spirit Of Fear 9:10
S.Y.N.C 7:50
Ant Attack 7:22
Hyperspice 9:18

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HH 018 Spicelab The Spirit Of Fear(12") Harthouse HH 018 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
HARTUK 10 Spicelab The Spirit Of Fear(12") Harthouse U.K. HARTUK 10 UK 1993 Sell This Version
HH 018 Spicelab The Spirit Of Fear(12", Promo) Harthouse HH 018 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
HART UK-10 Spicelab The Spirit Of Fear(12", W/Lbl) Harthouse U.K. HART UK-10 UK 1993 Sell This Version
SOLD 026 Spicelab The Spirit Of Fear EP(4xFile, AAC, EP, RM, VBR) Solieb Digital SOLD 026 Germany 2014
SOLD 026 Spicelab The Spirit Of Fear EP(4xFile, AIFF, EP, RM) Solieb Digital SOLD 026 Germany 2014
SOLD 026 Spicelab The Spirit Of Fear EP(4xFile, FLAC, EP, RM) Solieb Digital SOLD 026 Germany 2014
SOLD 026 Spicelab The Spirit Of Fear EP(4xFile, MP3, EP, RM, 320) Solieb Digital SOLD 026 Germany 2014

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steady-j

steady-j

March 26, 2013
referencing The Spirit Of Fear, 12", HARTUK 10

"Ant Attack" is a fusion of hardcore rave breakbeats with euro trance and acid techno sounds. Sounds great these days, but I remember at the time it sounded odd and out of place - Spicelab's sound was generally euro-trance-techno sound as exemplified by the 2 excellent tracks on the A-side, and it sounded like he was trying to play catch-up to the UK rave scene, which was so fast moving that the track sounded dated by the time it came out. But time has been kind and this EP is still very enjoyable today.
Boneless_one

Boneless_one

January 17, 2007
edited over 14 years ago
referencing The Spirit Of Fear, 12", HH 018

One of those few records in which every track is excellent.

To me the real stand out title has to be "Hyperspice".
With its 9:18 min duration it might be slightly over the top in today's standards, but there's constantly so much going on that you will not get bored and 'oh how much energy it has!! Plenty of crunchy analogue sounds with a death defying distorted kick drum that keeps on chewing on the background, locking you in a weird mental state while the surrounding strobos are flashing. There is also a regular kick drum in conjunction with the monster-kick creating a unique rhythm sensation. The crispy 303 and the siren-like sounds will definitely keep in you on your toes until the soothing, positive organ melody steps in sending you floating... until the kick-drum-from-hell returns bashing the non-dedicated to pieces! Consider yourself warned.
The title track "The Spirit Of Fear" is more of a laidback song and has that certain futuristic and very typical Oliver Lieb athmosphear to it. It isn't a bad track, but in all of its typicality it doesn't offer you much.
S.Y.N.C. is a faster track with addicting 303 line and a variety of analogue sounds that are very familiar from the "Quicksand EP".
"Ant Attack" is the second stand out track for me. It has a cool sub-bass sound combined with break beat and has the typical early 90's german trance "chill out" part around the middle of the track with a nice melody.

In all, this was yet another quality piece from O.Lieb, maybe not as big as "Quicksand EP" (HH010) but much better than "Spicelab EP" (HH007) in my opinion.