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KRS-One - Between Da Protests
posted a comment on KRS-One - Between Da Protests . 3 months ago
KRS has a distinct voice and style that is clever and been around for over 3 decades. Sure his themes are all the same, but at least you can understand him clearly. The problem with his albums have always been the trash beats. It feels like his... See full review
Aegri Somnia - Monde Obscure
posted a review of Aegri Somnia - Monde Obscure . 4 months ago
What is the purpose of dark ambient music? With the lack of drums you can't dance to it and if you put this on at a party, well...party over. So is it just Halloween music to frighten trick or treaters with the intent to conjure images of satanic... See full review
Empirion - Resume
posted a comment on Empirion - Resume. 5 months ago
'Look at me! This is over! It did not have to happen!"

Deep rumbling bass, thunderous kicks, and relentless energy characterize this release 23 years in the making. To me it barely resembles their fist album and that's a great thing. They're in My... See full review
ECT - Helpless / Mr. Jolly (Lives Next Door)
posted a comment on ECT - Helpless / Mr. Jolly (Lives Next Door). 6 months ago
Psychedelic goa trance done very well. Techno/industrial influences are found all over this and could easily be mistaken for Tim Schuldt or Psychaos.
Holon (2) - Trust The Machine
posted a review of Holon (2) - Trust The Machine. 7 months ago
At the beginning of the album I thought it was rather tame and wasn't feeling it. Good tracks, but it wasn't until On the Run that the deep, reverberating bass sounds and analog pads hit me.

Like a tsunami.

Full of nostalgia for bygone days with... See full review
Frontline Assembly* - Mechanical Soul
posted a review of Frontline Assembly* - Mechanical Soul. 9 months ago
As an avid listener of FLA I believe them to be the gold standard when it comes to industrial synth music. From their early aggro years (not my favorite) to their layered and complex soundscapes they don't seem to be afraid to push the boundaries of... See full review
Various - Wounds Of The Earth Compilation 6
posted a comment on Various - Wounds Of The Earth Compilation 6. 11 months ago
Some very good dark ambient and some industrial noise at the back end.
Ugly Heroes (2) - Everything In Between
posted a comment on Ugly Heroes (2) - Everything In Between. about 1 year ago
Soulful boom-bap that has clearly spoken storytelling. Nothing but nice.
Central Processing Unit - Computer Error
posted a comment on Central Processing Unit - Computer Error. about 1 year ago
With his sophomore effort he achieves greater complexity and variation with his music. It's still full-on, but it has a fuller structure with breaks that allow the tracks to breathe. There is plenty of acid blasts to go around, but there is also some... See full review
Central Processing Unit - Central Processing Unit
posted a comment on Central Processing Unit - Central Processing Unit. about 1 year ago
The first three tracks are acid explosions that have that night time full-on groove. Really get the body moving. The rest are in a holding pattern of sameness with little to differentiate them from each other.. Decent album to be sure that opened a... See full review
Atrium Carceri - Cellblock
posted a comment on Atrium Carceri - Cellblock. about 1 year ago
Black Lace. That is some very scary sh*t. The whole album is. Tracks that are not so long that they become boring, but right to the point. Dark, industrial, creepy...whatever you want to call it. Well done. And like Abasio mentioned, the only thing... See full review
Korn - Take A Look In The Mirror
posted a comment on Korn - Take A Look In The Mirror. about 1 year ago
Whew, this was a heavy listen. Lots of gutteral screaming that Jonathan does very well. There are parts in most of the tracks where the "Korn groove" is readily apparent, but this isn't music you just put on to have a listen. This is for destruction... See full review
Osher - Twilight
posted a comment on Osher - Twilight. about 1 year ago
I reviewed this on Psynews a decade ago and my opinion hasn't changed. This is a really great debut of progressive trance that leans heavily into more aggressive psytrrance. Multiple layers, crystal clear sound, and plenty of melodies. I don't know... See full review
Ritmo (3) - Disharmonic Silence
posted a comment on Ritmo (3) - Disharmonic Silence. about 1 year ago
Decent progressive trance that does its job to entrance, but with each track sounding just like the previous one it's difficult to elevate it as one of the greats.
XSI* - Warning Zone
posted a comment on XSI* - Warning Zone. about 1 year ago
Yikes. This has aged like open mayonnaise left in the summer heat. Pop full on with the same structure in every track.
Rob Zombie - The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy
posted a comment on Rob Zombie - The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy. about 1 year ago
I want to like this album, but let's face it it's not his best work. Far from it. Apart from The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition) there isn't a lot to grab hold of. While I appreciate the musical interludes, they don't... See full review
Impurfekt + Static Logic - Dreamcatcher: Shared Chapter
posted a comment on Impurfekt + Static Logic - Dreamcatcher: Shared Chapter . about 1 year ago
This collaboration was based on individual dreams where the artists do what they do to bring them to our ears. Personally prefer Static Logic's manifestations as they seem more cohesive and lush. Also he does lush industrial soundscapes without the... See full review
Static Logic - No Drugs Or Money Kept In Box: Blood And Urine Specimens Only
posted a comment on Static Logic - No Drugs Or Money Kept In Box: Blood And Urine Specimens Only. about 1 year ago
Now this is entertaining. If you love downtempo music with an industrial edge minus the screaming then this is for you. Slow pounding beats, abrasive effects, and twisted samples. Dead Bodies shines as a dark and scary thunderclap with most tracks... See full review
Various - Make Armalyte Great Again
posted a comment on Various - Make Armalyte Great Again. about 1 year ago
A compilation like this is a great way to explore a lot of styles in a particular genre. There is some great potential here from Armalyte Industries with tracks like Evasion, Boats and Ladders, and the heavily NIN influenced Addicted to You. Sometimes... See full review
Magneto (7) - Scope
posted a comment on Magneto (7) - Scope. about 1 year ago
My review from Psynews for this release still stands. Acid bomb, very repetitive structure, and high energy.
Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell
posted a comment on Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell. about 1 year ago
Why are the UK versions always better than the US ones? Anyway as a long time fan of DM, this is all but unlistenable these days as 30 years on it doesn't hold up. I could see it being used in a spooky Silence of the Lambs type movie (What's Your Name... See full review
Yotopia - Connect The Dots
posted a comment on Yotopia - Connect The Dots. about 1 year ago
I'm not a fan of this minimal styled progressive trance/house. It holds my attention for a minute or so, but then becomes background music that doesn't stick. Each tracks sounds remarkably similar with recycled sounds. Average, boring stuff for me.
Red Flag - Machines
posted a comment on Red Flag - Machines. about 1 year ago
I haven't listened to this in quite some time and it certainly brings back memories. It's synth-pop in the vein of Depeche Mode. Electro, techno melancholy type stuff. Does it hold up after almost 3 decades? Mostly no as the remixes aren't that... See full review
Suntree - Inside
posted a comment on Suntree - Inside. about 1 year ago
I liked this one. Very layered and melodic which allows the listener to drift away. It began strongly, took a bit of a nap in the middle and then crushed it with beautiful detail during the last three tracks. Recommended if you like dreamy progressive trance. See full review
Shift (2) - Alternator
posted a comment on Shift (2) - Alternator. about 1 year ago
Hands down my favorite sHiFt album. Powerful, melodic, and intense.
Various - CRL Studios Presents: While You Were Out Vol. 2
posted a comment on Various - CRL Studios Presents: While You Were Out Vol. 2. about 1 year ago
Whew. This is some noisy sh*t right here. I stumbled across the label's bandcamp and thought I would give some of their music a good listen. I like industrial. I like synths. I did not like this however. Sometimes the atmospheres would come through,... See full review
Various - Fill Your Head With Phantasm Volume 6
posted a comment on Various - Fill Your Head With Phantasm Volume 6. about 1 year ago
Yeah this one was tough to get through after the brilliance of volume 5. Gone is the psychedelic goa trance and in its place is typical new millennia full-on. Hard pass.
Various - Fill Your Head With Phantasm Volume 5
posted a comment on Various - Fill Your Head With Phantasm Volume 5. about 1 year ago
Hands down my favorite entry in the Phantasm series. The combination of psychedelia with goa trance is done remarkably well. A must have I would say.
Various - Gamma Draconis
posted a comment on Various - Gamma Draconis. about 1 year ago
Fully agree that the Xenomorph track is the class of the compilation. A full album of that sort would be greatly appreciated. For me the first four tracks were great and then it felt like the rest of the compilation was on cruise control. Decent, but... See full review
Westside Connection - Terrorist Threats
posted a comment on Westside Connection - Terrorist Threats. about 1 year ago
Definitely a step down from their debut. Not one banger.
DJ Asherun - Scandi90s - The Vikings Return
posted a comment on DJ Asherun - Scandi90s - The Vikings Return. about 1 year ago
I've come to appreciate this a lot more as time has passed. It's goa trance with its toes in a lot of different substyles.
Various - Goa Vibes Vol. 2
posted a comment on Various - Goa Vibes Vol. 2. about 1 year ago
This is an absolute cracker of a goa trance compilation. Highly recommended.
X-Dream Featuring Planet B.E.N. - The 5th Dimension
posted a comment on X-Dream Featuring Planet B.E.N. - The 5th Dimension. about 1 year ago
It's ok. Nothing more than that I'm afraid. It's that proto-goa trance that precedes the style of goa trance that most are familiar with today. Perhaps more minimal and more trancey, but I certainly didn't find it that deep or atmospheric. But... See full review
X-Dream - Eleven
posted a comment on X-Dream - Eleven. about 1 year ago
Except for the lengths they all sound the same. Good, but not great.
X-Dream And The Trancesylvania Project* - Children Of The Last Generation
posted a comment on X-Dream And The Trancesylvania Project* - Children Of The Last Generation. about 1 year ago
I would say that the original outshines any of the remixes.
Prana - Single Collection 2
posted a comment on Prana - Single Collection 2. about 1 year ago
I liked X-Dimension and Indigo, but Mugen and Message to Eastedge hasn't aged well. If it wasn't for the AP remix of Mugen I would never listen to that track again. The Black Cat remix of Boundless is ok, but I feel the original is better. Still, the... See full review
Nova Fractal - The Call Of Goa Vol.4
posted a comment on Nova Fractal - The Call Of Goa Vol.4. about 1 year ago
This is a worthy entrance in the Call of Goa series. As usual it's a mixture of artists you know and some that may not be familiar. The ones you know deliver the high quality goa trance you'd expect, but don't discount the newbies. Spiral Path by Devi... See full review
Aes Dana Feat. Miktek - Far & Off
posted a comment on Aes Dana Feat. Miktek - Far & Off. about 1 year ago
Perfect for a silent, snowy day. Deep bass and percussion with alien glitches throughout. Delicious winter darkness.
Various - Hypnotic State
posted a comment on Various - Hypnotic State. about 1 year ago
Just a couple of comments...So you have an interesting acidic intro and then a couple of hard trance tracks. Nothing particularly memorable. But then...

Holy sh*t. 30 minutes. 30 mother f*cking minutes.

That's a f*cking sitcom. The two longest... See full review
Front Line Assembly - Wake Up The Coma
posted a review of Front Line Assembly - Wake Up The Coma. about 1 year ago
FLA are masters of synth programming and usually hit the mark when it comes to post apocalyptic atmospheres. Right out of the box Eye On You hits really hard. There are numerous tracks that stay true to the cyber punk aggression of their early years.... See full review
Paul van Dyk - Reflections (Special Edition)
posted a comment on Paul van Dyk - Reflections (Special Edition). about 1 year ago
"I'm drowning in kisses."

WTF? For real Paul? Aren't you embarrassed? This is a seriously subpar sh*t sandwich sprinkled with generic vocal cheese. This is Mr. Seven Ways? Mr. Out There and Back? There is flexing of creative muscles and then there's... See full review
BT - Emotional Technology
posted a comment on BT - Emotional Technology. about 1 year ago
He was doing what the Chainsmokers are doing today. But almost two decades ago. Clearly ahead of his time with a sense of where EDM would be going. The production as usual is beyond reproach and if the goal is to nod your head and feel like dancing... See full review
BT - ESCM
posted a review of BT - ESCM. about 1 year ago
Those expecting a bouncy trance escapade will be disappointed, but those who like variety will enjoy BT's foray into genre hopping. DnB, breakbeat, his attempt at NIN with Solar Plexus...hell, it's got a little bit of everything. Sure there's still... See full review
BT - R & R  (Rare & Remixed)
posted a comment on BT - R & R (Rare & Remixed). about 1 year ago
Twenty years later most of this mix holds up. I felt the second disc was superior, but the mixing overall was still pretty good.
Various - Psychedelic Vibes 4
posted a comment on Various - Psychedelic Vibes 4. about 1 year ago
1. Early guitar trance. Eww
2. Just hook the 303 to my veins!
3. Sweet goa Jesus!
4. Experiment that has grown on me.
5. BRING ME MORE CHAOS!
6. Annoying whispers...stop it.
7. Bubbly goa goodness
8. Evolving lush goa swagger from Mr. Transwave.
9.... See full review
Various - Psychedelic Vibes 5
posted a comment on Various - Psychedelic Vibes 5. about 1 year ago
Another quality album of goa trance. Compiled by Astral Projection it's loaded with epic space tracks like Exit Eternity and for my money the best track ever from the Tarsis project. The mystery builds slowly and I'm thinking it's going to be a boring... See full review
Various - Goa Spaceship 101 (A Goa Trance Trip Into Space)
posted a comment on Various - Goa Spaceship 101 (A Goa Trance Trip Into Space). about 1 year ago
I wrote a small something for it's identical counterpart The Definition of Goa Trance and I stand by it. Throw off the last two tracks and you've got a damn near perfect goa trance compilation. Those first 7 are total gold and the 8th is pretty damn... See full review
Various - Infinity Hz
posted a comment on Various - Infinity Hz. about 1 year ago
So many classic tracks and not a weak one amongst them. This is a must own if you're a goa trance fan.
Various - Trance X-Press 2
posted a comment on Various - Trance X-Press 2. about 1 year ago
This compilation to me is a tale of two halves. There is some pure aggressive goa like the UX mix of Chameleon. Getting some real post-apocalyptic vibes from that one I'll tell you. Trashish may be short, but its squealing "guitar-like" leads surely... See full review
Various - Order Odonata Vol. 1
posted a comment on Various - Order Odonata Vol. 1. about 1 year ago
Oh man there is a lot to like here. More than a lot. A f*ckton. Iconic goa trance like LSD shines brightly no matter how many times you hear it. Voyager III by Prana is another melodic gem that has relentless energy. Superbooster is punchy and is... See full review