Total Eclipse ‎– Violent Relaxation

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BR015CD Total Eclipse Violent Relaxation(2xCD, Album) Blue Room Released BR015CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
Sub 4819.2 Total Eclipse Violent Relaxation(2xCD, Album) Blue Room Released, Substance Sub 4819.2 France 1996 Sell This Version
2051-2, BR015CD Total Eclipse Violent Relaxation(2xCD, Album) Phonokol, Blue Room Released 2051-2, BR015CD Israel 1996 Sell This Version
none Total Eclipse Violent Relaxation(2xCD, Album, Promo) Blue Room Released none UK 1996 Sell This Version
BR015LP Total Eclipse Violent Relaxation(3x12", Album) Blue Room Released BR015LP UK 1996 Sell This Version
AVA 015, 330196-2 Total Eclipse Violent Relaxation(2xCD, Album, RE) Avatar Records, NMC (2) AVA 015, 330196-2 Israel 2003 Sell This Version
none Total Eclipse Violent Relaxation Disc 1(9xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (Total Eclipse Self-released) none France 2017

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TheMakke

TheMakke

October 13, 2017
referencing Violent Relaxation, 2xCD, Album, BR015CD

A great long album, contains a lot of variety compared to most trance albums where most of the tracks sound very similar to each other. Those who want a heterogeneous and interesting album should definitely give it a listen. Like the name "Relaxation" suggests, most of the tracks are quite chill, so those seeking for a hardcore adrenaline pump should look elsewhere.

The sleeve might look really dull and uninspiring, but you don't rate a book by its cover, right?
flowirin

flowirin

November 8, 2015
referencing Violent Relaxation, 2xCD, Album, BR015CD
love this album, the orange disk was my go-to for sunday relaxation, chilling in my flat, the sun through the windows.
maroko

maroko

May 23, 2008
referencing Violent Relaxation, 2xCD, Album, RE, AVA 015, 330196-2

I gotta say this is one of the rare albums I'm digging from the kick off down to the very last note!
I mean, mon dieu, these garcons francaises were on some other shit back then- just check that first CD out- top drawer goa trance material teaching the rest how it is to be done! The harmony is there non stop, the psychedelic rock guitar riffs which were notable on their debut are toned down in favor of some of the most blissfull and emotional old school melodies. Dance to classics like The Furnace, Chaotic Circus, Pulsar Glitch or Area 51 until you drop dead or trip to each and any of these gargantuan tunes while chilling on your sofa, the effect and rawness of these numbers should be felt either way.
And if you by any chance feel like you haven't been given your money's worth with the disc #1, the second CD provides some mid tempo goa trance tracks in the same vein as Tandu's classic New Aura. You know, not the slow, crawling ambient, but that smooth, hypnotic stuff with just enough bass and kick to keep you awake, while drifting away like whales in the darkness.
I'm no big fan of downtempo/ambientesque stuff, but what the second part of "Violent Relaxation" has in store for the listeners is some of the sweetest and touching goan soundscapes ever created.

The melodies are powerful, memorable, pick any which one you want and it's bound to get stuck in your head like... forever! Pick any kick, bass line, sound effect or mood these tracks portray and astonishment is guaranteed!
Hearing a Total Eclipse live circa '95-'97 must have been an out of this world experience.
Whereas "Delta Aquarids" may sound dated, it still is, and quite probably always will be, like a big, but unpolished diamond in the rough, but "Violent Relaxation" is the french trio polishing, cutting 'n' sharpening that diamond to guarantee and secure its timeless value and eternal status as a prime example others will forever be measured against.
10/10, for each CD on its own, and a 20/10 for the album as a whole. A true masterpiece.
kentandrew

kentandrew

August 7, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Violent Relaxation, 2xCD, Album, BR015CD

I hate the fake trancey stuff offered on this long double album. Chunky sounds and choppy synth sounds show little effort on the 140+ bpm tunes. The slow paced ones are listenable day in and day out. Diamond Ring Effect was instantly given repeated listens. Blue Galaxie had to grow on me. The album starts out violently fast and gradually relaxes to nothingness. This stuff is not really goa nor is it psychedelic. It is more like happy trance into ambient trance.
SirRob

SirRob

November 20, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Violent Relaxation, 3x12", Album, BR015LP

The Track "Area 51" on "Disc 1 - A2" is a journey, that is charactered by 2 significant Sample's which courier the listener into a different world far away! Before the song is building up a man says "Unknown Object in 804" (first Sample) and then a litle bit later comes the 2nd one, presumably the same person says the divine words: "Here is a so fantastic Instrument with a lots of depth Sounds".
Joseph_S

Joseph_S

September 9, 2005
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Violent Relaxation, 2xCD, Album, BR015CD

The second and the best album ever from Total Eclipse. Side one delivers the mind-blowing music you would expect from Total Eclipse back then, chaotic yet melodic, stomping yet warm Trance. All tracks on this disc are heavy except; “Blue Galaxie” which is a downtempo song, also a teaser of the second CD.

Side two opens with the 10 minute long “Espanolizer”, my favourite on this side. It samples a guitar and a piano. The journey continues with the more uptempo “The Pendulum”, and the tempo seems to increase gradually with every song. None of the tracks is pure Ambient yet there is no breakbeat either. All tracks are 4/4 except the closing track “Gravity Mirage”. This track has a very tricky beat. When you think a 4/4 beat is coming it is broken again.

In my opinion this is another essential on your shelves. Normally this CD shouldn't cost much like some other notorious sought after classics but if you want a new copy this album was reissued by Avatar in 2003, so there's no excuse ;)