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posted a review of Dark Nebula - Robotic Tongue. over 10 years ago
Dark Nebula's best album to date, in my opinion (I haven't heard Sacred Scars though), and solely because of a single track: Structural Failure. Sampling AI voice recordings from Unreal 2 and bringing along a very fresh and innovative structure (pun not ... See full review
posted a review of HT UK. over 11 years ago
HTUK has been one of my favorite "secret weapon" labels for the entire time of its existence. Their silly-but-well-produced remakes of classic tracks at 140+ BPM have been well received, with HT 002 as a personal favorite. However, lately (since around ... See full review
posted a review of RMB - Spring. over 11 years ago
This release is, quite simply, some of the best music I've ever heard. "Spring" and "Whispering" are perfectly balanced on the bleeding edge between what was once called rave and what is now called trance. This release is indubitably RMB's masterpiece ... See full review
posted a review of Amara. over 12 years ago
I haven't a foggiest who Amara is/are, the two releases on Proximo so far leave no clues... But that really doesn't matter much. Amara is a name of sheer quality. These two 12"es are some of the most powerful tools in my collection, simply bits of pure ... See full review
posted a review of Richard Durand - Make Me Scream. over 12 years ago
Incredibly powerful mix of techno, electro and trance. A kick engineered to break bricks drives this monster ahead, accompanied by a powerful electro-ish bassline. Then suddenly - this awesomely delicate and beautiful breakdown turning into a soaring ... See full review
posted a review of Technikal - Summassault. over 12 years ago
This is one of my favorite tunes at the moment, absolutely massive in every respect. It is simply amazing how Bamford is able to press this amount of melody and harmonious delight into a in-your-face piece of hardtrance. Production is astounding as well; ... See full review
posted a review of D-Factor / Tale Spin* / Ionic (2) - Untitled. over 12 years ago
Spirit of St Louis is indeed the gem of this catch, but in my opinion not a very shiny one. I think this would be labeled techtrance by most these days, very simple and repetitive (and with a very deep and hard kick) but with one breakdown with some ... See full review
posted a review of Jon Doe - Here Comes That Sound. over 12 years ago
A great track by Jon Doe, one of his best I'd say, this release is marred by extremely poor mastering. The track is very hissy, and the beats are on the edge of distortion. In reflex I keep trying to adjust the gain when I put this one on :/ It's a shame ... See full review
posted a review of Lee Haslam - El Diablo Adentro (The Devil Inside) / Equilibrium. over 12 years ago
Good new release from Lee Haslam here. "El Diablo Adrento" is a pretty dark hard dance track, with the tight bassline and clustered beats typical of Haslam. Far more driving/energetic than uplifting, it's a solid dancefloor tool. Features some rather, ... See full review
posted a review of Nacelle - I Want / Fixation. over 12 years ago
Not as good as BITD 1, this is nevertheless a good slab of hardtrance. "Fixation" is my pick here, very uplifting and at the same time loads of energy... "I want" feels more like a slightly failed attempt for me, but it's decent enough too. Primetime ... See full review
posted a review of Nacelle - Head In The Clouds / Just 4 This. over 12 years ago
This is just soooo nice... Super uplifting hardtrance with just the right hints at house. Somehow both sides feel rather "oldschool", probably due to the extensive use of vocal samples - but they don't get annoying, a feat in itself. "Head in the clouds" ... See full review
posted a review of Nystagmus - The Immaculate Perception. over 12 years ago
When I first heard this album, I wasn't overly excited. The tracks seemed to lack structure, and I couldn't grasp the flow of it all. Still, it was obvious I had to buy it. Now - it is clear that Sundance's tour de force continues! This CD has grown on ... See full review
posted a review of Cut & Cortex - Subliminar / Fearless / Fearless Dream. over 12 years ago
For me, this is a much more interesting release than the rather boring "Enforcer".

Subliminar is actually quite lovely - stomping semi-melodic psytrance while retaining that "progressive" touch (i.e. it's not total takeoff material). Lots of various ... See full review
posted a review of Cut & Cortex - Enforcer / Psyforcer. over 12 years ago
Two pieces of more progressive trance here. That is, from the days when "progressive trance" meant "trance where the music isn't progressing". Basically both these tunes are rather eventless and boring to my ears. Enforcer stomps along with some arpeggio ... See full review
posted a review of Chicago. over 12 years ago
I saw Chicago playing a DJ set in Copenhagen back in August '05... I really don't know much about the guy and the net offers no info about his real identity or history, so I'm a bit fascinated. He seems to work closely with the GMS guys quite often. ... See full review
posted a review of Riot303 vs. Observer - Alive And Kickin'. over 13 years ago
What we are served here are two slabs of super-melodic hard trance. Alive and Kickin' is run by an almost SIDish squarewave pad melody, underpinned by beutiful ethereal sighs in the breaks - which by the way incorporate some breakbeats to liven up the ... See full review
posted a review of Euphoria (7) - The Final. over 13 years ago
This is one of those one-off, pretty obscure, pure-luck-if-you-even-know-about-it kind of gems. Uplifting hard trance in it's purest form; formulaic, of course, but yet so damn GOOD! Thundering kickdrums, cracking snares arranged in mad relentless ... See full review
posted a review of Megalopsy - The Abstract Machine. over 13 years ago
This really is a pretty special album, though a more sober analysis finds it not THAT outstandingly imaginative. Main point is the track transitions, often the last 2-3 minutes of a track is something completely different. Most of the material is quite ... See full review
posted a review of Dark Nebula - 100% Pure Brainwater. over 13 years ago
Well this album isn't all that bad, but it has very little to do with psytrance (not to mention goa!). This is psychedelic techno through and through. Most tracks are a deep groovy bass/kick arrangement, with a handful of psychedelic squeaks and whines ... See full review
posted a review of Moonweed - Telepath. over 13 years ago
This track is a pretty special piece. It can actually be described as little more than an endless progression of crescendos. Takeoff after takeoff in a cycle that never ends! Okay, there are only around 10 of them (during the solid 9:15 the track lasts), ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Destination Goa - The Second Chapter - DG2. over 13 years ago
For me, this is indubitably the best of the DG compilations, and perhaps *the* ultimate goa compilation. Every single track here is a classic, even though it contains a few "dark horses". Both CDs start with slower, atmospheric tracks to set the mood, ... See full review
posted a review of Chi-a.d. - Virtual Spirit. over 13 years ago
This is surely Dave Young's masterpiece album (though some of his best tracks are not found here), and, personally, it is one of my most beloved CDs. The "Goa Trance" label is actually i bit misplaced, the style hovers just between goa, acid and ... See full review
posted a review of Talespin - Illusions. over 13 years ago
K90's remix of "Illusions" is a pretty fastpaced tune with hints of bounciness, but this track is all about melodies - which is what Mr. Doggett does best of course. The lead synth here is quite original, as it's a looped sweep timed perfectly with the ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Remote Viewing. over 13 years ago
I want to comment on a single track in this compilation; namely, the last one. This collaboration between some of the biggest and hottest names in modern full-on is simply one of the best tracks I've heard in a long, long time! 'Low Tech' is built with a ... See full review
posted a review of Jon Doe And UFO - Phaze 1 / Phaze 2. over 13 years ago
Apparently some like this track a lot, so I bought it with pretty high expectations. Turned out to be a letdown for me. It's a good track, but not great, really. Layered synths and tight beats keep a nice pace, but the track suffers from a rather strange ... See full review
posted a review of Tidy Two. over 13 years ago
Tidy Two only ran for about two and a half year, but managed to make themselves well known and respected by many. First releases weren't all that, but with the first Riot Bros single the ball was rolling fast. Haslam and Guyver were the force throughout, ... See full review
posted a review of Sediment 4* - Partycoolar / Kennen Sie Trance?. over 13 years ago
Very monotonous stuff. Partycoolar is completely minimalistic, almost only a beat. Kennen Sie Trance? is one notch better, saves this 12" from a clear 1/5, more sounds and almost hints at a melody at the end... Not really dark or hard, more of a chilled ... See full review
posted a review of YLEM - Cascade. over 13 years ago
Nice, flowing, smooth trance. Cascade is a lighter tune, almost chilly, what should we call it - lounge trance? :) Not really, there's energy here; but it's distributed all throughout. No breaks or takeoff of notice. Quite hypnotizing, especially the ... See full review
posted a review of Talpa - The Art Of Being Non. over 13 years ago
My opinion: The Moon is simply one of the best psy trance tunes of all time. No less - very well worth buying the album for in itself. Twisted, lovely madness - multilayered as Dante's hell and with neverending beautiful vocals. As one sample says - ... See full review
posted a review of High Fidelity (4) - No Good (To Me). over 13 years ago
Simple but good melodic hardtrancer. Main melody reminds me of Jarre for some reason... A bit on the filler side, but has that certain "something" that makes it stand a bit apart. Take your pick from the mixes - dub mix has definitely more bass-edge and ... See full review
posted a review of The Secret - Gorgeous. over 13 years ago
Hard to say much about these tracks really - Gorgeous is a simple but extremely happy 303 journey.... Basically a basic 4/4 bassdrum with some claps and hihat (at times the bassdrum is reverbed a lot, making it sound more powerful). And then a tickling, ... See full review
posted a review of Infected Mushroom - Supervisor 001. over 13 years ago
A few words about this little weird piece. Bought it off juno.co.uk, who apparently sold it without knowing what it was - their only info was what is written on the plain paper sleeve: SUPERVISOR 001. While it is fun to have some nice tracks (and the ... See full review
posted a review of Nostrum Vs. Alien Factory / Pascal Device Meets Mindscape (3) - Time Unlimited. over 13 years ago
The A-side was a major hard trance anthem for me back in the day when I heard it on the "Mix Unlimited PM1" CD. Well, I still love it, but it really hasn't aged that well. Sounds a bit light and flat today, even with Alien Factory's ubiquitous fatness ... See full review
posted a review of 1200 Micrograms* - The Time Machine. over 13 years ago
I find it odd that 1200 mics are so incredibly variable in their production. I guess that's what comes from producing such volumes of music they do (one album each year, plus GMS work). While I found their debut album ok, with some very nice tracks, and ... See full review
posted a review of Quantum On DNA - Angel Of Light. over 13 years ago
Quite decent filler stuff; strictly neo-full-on psytrance. Nothing outstanding, no real take-offs, but good quality throughout. One track, "Freak" if I remember correctly, is more melodic than the rest, which is pretty dark and moody. Not a must-have, ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Twelve. over 13 years ago
A tremendous album in the field of deep ambient. Very dreamy, dark, almost sleepy at times, yet deeply beautiful. Very organic and instrumental sounding, it does not have the cold industrial edge found in many ambient works. First tracks are more lively, ... See full review
posted a review of Creative Alienation - Fat Funktronic. over 13 years ago
Can't say I know much about this... The second EP from Creative AlieNation (Thierry Deisser), and the fourth single on ASG psytrance sublabel Micro Psy'c. It has a dark blue label and comes in a clear plastic sleeve with two cut-off corners. Let's get on ... See full review
posted a review of Chris Hülsbeck. over 13 years ago
Many other artists may have been more talented than Hülsbeck in writing music for the Commodore 64's SID music chip, but few gained more fame within that scene. Hülsbeck scored themes to a great amount of (often quite successful) games, thus being heard ... See full review
posted a review of Filteria - Sky Input. over 13 years ago
Indeed this is a lovable CD for all fans of the good old goa days! But, unfortunately, it's not perfect in my eyes. Once you get through the initial bliss of hearing such well-produced multilayered trance, you may find it lacking in some areas. ... See full review
posted a review of Psychoz - Psychoz. over 13 years ago
Incredibly amateurish work. Most tracks are simply the artist meddling around with a 303 and some VERY cheap drum samples, with little sense of rhythm or melody. The tracks are generally extremely monotonic, with little or no development throughout. I ... See full review
posted a review of Stamina - Backspace. over 13 years ago
"Backspace" will probably stay as a fall-back track in my sets for a long time. Nothing extremely original exactly, to be honest it's about as formulaic as uplifting trance comes. Just damn well produced, that's all; let's call it solid craftsmanship... ... See full review
posted a review of Highpersonic Whomen - Alternative Energysource. over 13 years ago
I was very, very disappointed by this album, but then again I hardly knew what to expect. Bought the CD on pure impulse, so my only guesses were about the label. I know Thirteen mainly from the Poly61 single (which is excellent oldschool goa), but I'd ... See full review
posted a review of Space Girl - Mission 0001. over 13 years ago
Ah, this is great stuff... Very uplifting yet hard acidtrance, positively dripping with 303 and still quite imaginative. Loads of take-off potential in almost all the tracks, which run the gamut from breakbeat-acid-hardtrance to hard-dub-acidtrance... It ... See full review
posted a review of OOOD* - Karmic Suture / Rifa. over 14 years ago
"Karmic Suture" is a typical O.O.O.D. track, a nice track, well produced and all such but nothing outstanding in my opinion. In this style "Two Dawns over Baleswar" is their best track I'd say. "Rifa", however, is something completely different! A ... See full review
posted a review of Pendulum (3) - Spiral / Ulterior Motive. over 14 years ago
Spiral is, at least for me as a (primarily) trance listener, a groundbreaking track; a fusion of drum'n'bass and trance. Or, at least, it takes the song structure from trance and fills it with beats and samples more common to d'n'b. A pretty laidback and ... See full review
posted a review of Fractal Glider - Parasite. over 14 years ago
A brilliant debut album from australian Paul McCosh. Fractal glider has a rather unique sound, mixing very complex multilayered soundscapes with danceable and often quite hard beats. The overall sound is quite oldschool, artists like Slinky Wizard, ... See full review
posted a review of Tipple - Summation EP. over 14 years ago
Now, I don't know much about Tipple, but this is a quite nice package of tunes; more on the side of progressive trance than house I'd say. "Hope (Tipples Empirical Mix)" is an atmospheric, almost ambient track, while the three remixes are more on the ... See full review
posted a review of Commander Tom - Are Am Eye? ('95 Millenium Mix). over 14 years ago
This is probably one of the hardest and strangest versions of "Are Am Eye?" I've heard. Rather eclectic, it opens with some samples from what sounds like old radio broadcasts, then an acidy sweeping 'alarm' line before presenting a rock-hard beat (with ... See full review
posted a review of Younger Brother - The Finger. over 14 years ago
This otherwise great vinyl release from "A flock of bleeps" is in my opinion marred by the rather poor quality of the "Alternative" mix of "Even dwarves start small". Why didn't they just include the original? The Synthetic remix will probably have ... See full review
posted a review of Azure (5) / OutKast - Sunset / Ghetto Musick. over 14 years ago
'Sunset' is a very nice Maddox production, perhaps one of his softer in some aspects. A driving, pounding percussion groove keeps the feet moving, while lyrics keep spinning around and around; more prominent that is common in hardtrance. Some might find ... See full review