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posted a comment on Zaum (3) - Oracles. 1 day ago
This deserves to be better known and rated. It reminds me a lot of Om and Sleep, but it is more varied and psychedelic; I think I prefer it. This band has a nice line in dolesome choirs and trippy oriental-motif guitars. At times, it descends into Doom's ... See full review
posted a comment on Cosmix - Now And Ever. 2 days ago
Really nice prog trance ep here with good sound from the unprolific Cosmix. Both tracks feature tribal percussion and ethereal choirs, but the Basic Edit does it for me. ~*~
posted a comment on Psylent Buddhi - Secrets Of The Atom. 19 days ago
Fantastic Goa album! In my opinion, this is probably the best album of Goa trance released in 2019. Sad but true: the fact that some of the tracks date back to 1997 is probably why it is so good :)
posted a comment on Various - Order Ordonata 4 Sampler. about 1 month ago
The mastering engineer went over the top here is trying to give Excession's "Pulsar" as much dynamism and propulsion as possible, causing clipping on the bass drum on most cartridges. It is not a bad track, if hardly a stand out. Noma's "Tube" is one of ... See full review
posted a comment on Orion (3) - Cynabs / Liquid. about 1 month ago
In my opinion, these are probably the best tracks Orion ever laid down; they are a bit less chopped up and more melodic than most of his other work. And no less psychedelic. ~*~
posted a comment on Tufáan - Tufáan / Probe (Green Nuns Of The Revolution Remixes). about 1 month ago
I'm not the biggest fan of Green Nuns' manic acid version of Goa trance, but this is a really funky ep. I can't recommend it wholeheartedly as I prefer more detail and subtlety, but both tracks are pleasing. ~*~
posted a comment on Various - Infinite Excursions 2 (Sonic Hallucinations) . about 1 month ago
I've had this since 1997 and it is a favourite: an extremely psychedelic psydub compilation. Highly recommended if this is your kind of trip. ~*~
posted a comment on Total Eclipse - Can't Do That / A Little Bit Of Heaven. about 1 month ago
"Can't Do That" with sawing manic leads is intense and probably caused some dancefloor mayhem in 1995. The hectic melody is memorable, but every now and then there is a total eclipse, and "A Little Bit of Heaven" is one of those. ~*~
posted a comment on Amazone (3) - X. Orcism. about 1 month ago
"X.Orcism" - an intriguing name, and an interesting track with an atmospheric intro and some nice moody pads, but the sample is eventually irritating and the rest of this ep is simple early trance of limited appeal. ~*~
posted a comment on Lunar Asylum / Cubasi - Topple / Megatron. about 1 month ago
Two of the better tracks by Lunar Asylum, largely due to a more "symphonic" aspect to them than usual that results in interesting melodies. ~*~
posted a comment on Various - Shangri La (Goa Trance Compilation). about 1 month ago
Interesting French Goa compilation here. Perhaps predictably, the better known outfits (Transwave, Prana, Virtuart) produce the outstanding tracks. Unfortunately, most of the other tracks are average to weak. There's an interesting light, whimsical, ... See full review
posted a comment on Medicine Boy - Take Me With You When Your Disappear. about 1 month ago
Another record from Medicine Boy, reputedly the last as they have, supposedly, broken up. It seems a bit more heavy and darker than their other work; there's more electric guitar and less acoustic, and some of the songs verge on metal, with growls. Break ... See full review
posted a comment on The Awakening - Chasm. 2 months ago
The Awakening on vinyl at last! Oh frabjous day! This is hardly a perfect mastering and pressing job, and there is some strange graininess on the guitar in "Wonderland", for instance. However, the sound is appropriately meaty and dark. Tracks are quite ... See full review
posted a comment on D.P.O.D. - Panza EP. 2 months ago
"Panza" lives up to its name by being a linear technoid pounder with a dark lead that does indeed sound like a blitzkrieg about to descend. Though the track runs out of ideas towards the end, it is dark and moody early psytrance that would slay on a ... See full review
posted a comment on Somaton - Ouroboros / Brainwashed. 2 months ago
I always appreciated breaktrance, and Somaton is one of the best acts in that subgenre. Seb Taylor of Shakta and Somaton produced three tracks with DJ Ping Pong, alias P. Newman: the remix here called "Brainwashed" and the others called "Between the ... See full review
posted a comment on Shostakovitch*, David Oistrakh*, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovitch* - Violin Concerto No. 1. 3 months ago
Strangely for EMI, whose recording, mastering, and pressings are usually peerless, this is a very badly mastered record, so that there are large amounts of distortion at end of side. Not a single one of my many other EMI classical releases is like this. ... See full review
posted a comment on The Cure - Concert (The Cure Live). 3 months ago
A favourite live album
I have to shamelessly gush over this classic live album, one of my all time favourite lps, let alone live lps. What rules on this release is the thick, dark, murky sound and atmosphere. Very few releases capture the claustrophobic ... See full review
posted a comment on The Cure - Shake NY Shake. 3 months ago
Pretty poor recorded sound on this bootleg. The performance is ok, nothing special.
posted a comment on Vargrav (3) - Reign In Supreme Darkness. 3 months ago
Much has been made of the similarity between Vargrav and Emperor, the storied second wave black metal band from Norway that created so-called "symphonic black metal". So much, in fact, that the review in Angry Metal Guy compared Emperor to Vargrav, and ... See full review
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posted a comment on Battle Dagorath - II - Frozen Light Of Eternal Darkness. 3 months ago
Frozen, dark, trippy, just how I like my atmospheric black metal. Recommended.
posted a comment on Cirith Ungol - Forever Black. 4 months ago
Cirith Ungol has been suspiciously quiet since Mount Doom erupted at the destruction of the ring, Shagrat and Gorbag met their doom, and Shelob was last heard bubbling in her misery by Sam. But the ancient evil of the demon spider, spawn of Ungoliant, ... See full review
posted a comment on Cloak (9) - To Venomous Depths. 4 months ago
Black n roll that reminds me of Swedish gothic metal band Tribulation (well, at least their latest two albums Children of the Night and Down Below). What is so appealing about this album is the groove and melody, as well as gothicism, that ... See full review
posted a comment on Crop Circles - Tetrahedron. 4 months ago
Beautiful fluoro green vinyl here, mostly noise-free and a decent quality pressing. The remastering is better than on the previous DAT vinyls and there is no clipping, but it cannot be said that the sound is great, acceptable depending on the track, and ... See full review
posted a comment on Crop Circles - Lunar Civilization. 4 months ago
I want to echo Maroko's comment; the unforgettable cosmic melody halfway through "Lunar Civilisation" is maybe THE defining melody of Goa trance (admittedly a dubious comment, but still...). Beethoven or Mozart would have been proud to write such a ... See full review
posted a comment on Wormwitch - Heaven That Dwells Within. 4 months ago
Initially appealing melodic black metal from Wormwitch. There is some solid guitaring on this album, which is reminiscent of Tribulation, All Hell or Cloak, their compatriots in melodic and gothic black metal. This album would be improved by greater ... See full review
posted a comment on Fields Of The Nephilim - The Nephilim. 4 months ago
A classic album that contains some of the Neph's best songs ("Moonchild", for instance), but a murky, phasey and undynamic vinyl. I wonder if the cds sound better than this original? I tend to surmise this because some of the eps that this album spawned ... See full review
posted a comment on Dead Can Dance - Arabian Gothic. 4 months ago
Hardly audiophile sound on this; could be mastered, not to mention pressed, better. Nevertheless, the performance is great and if you're a fan, this is a percussive joy.
posted a comment on Druadan Forest - Dismal Spells From The Dragonrealm . 4 months ago
Highly enjoyable symphonic dungeon synth from V-Khaoz here: soothing, brooding, dark... erm, dismal. At times it is a bit repetitive and static for its own good, failing to develop much symphonic argument. Indeed, without wishing to sound condescending, ... See full review
posted a comment on Joseph Haydn, Gundula Janowitz · Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich · Werner Krenn, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Walter Berry, Wiener Singverein, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Die Schöpfung (The Creation · La Création). 4 months ago
A fantastically dynamic and tonally pure recording. There's a decent sense of body, but also a big and clean acoustic space with good soundstage height, characteristic of the church in which this was recorded. A real gem from this period of DG ... See full review
posted a comment on Orodruin (2) - Ruins Of Eternity. 4 months ago
At first listen, this seems so bland and generic, such straight-ahead doom metal, that it is almost uninteresting. A burp of beery, complacent blues rock. However, listen a couple more times and it sinks in and becomes something to savour. As usual with ... See full review
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posted a comment on Guy Buttery, Kanada Narahari - Nadi. 5 months ago
A good recording, mastering and pressing conspire to deliver a very good overall sound with deep bass and airy highs. I'm a sucker for Indian fusion/collaborations of whatever ilk, so the music is right up my street. I think that this is probably ... See full review
posted a comment on Virtuart - Virtuart & Friends. 6 months ago
I always liked the first Koyote Records compilation, "Strange Vibrations". One of the stand out tracks on that fine compilation was Underhead's "Whirlrain of Fire". I went on to buy the "Whirlrain of Water" 12" which was equally excellent. It was a ... See full review
posted a comment on Spectral Lore / Mare Cognitum - Sol. 7 months ago
I have the blue vinyl edition. Absolutely superb! One of my most prized records. The recording is not the final word in audiophile pleasure, but sounds well enough. The vinyl is clean and noise free. The performance by both artists is astonishing. Many ... See full review
posted a comment on Sorcerer (6) - The Crowning Of The Fire King. 7 months ago
A very good recording and mastering. My black vinyl is very clean sounding, and has deep bass and crisp mids with decent tonal colour. A recommendable audiophile production job.
posted a comment on Tribulation (3) - Alive & Dead At Södra Teatern. 7 months ago
A good live album from gothic metallers Tribulation. Having moved away from their death metal roots to make more melodic, slower, gothic tunes, this is a triumph of melding 80s goth, ala The Cure, with metal. Specially noteworthy is the guitar work, ... See full review
posted a comment on Cirith Ungol - I'm Alive. 7 months ago
One of the best metal bands ever return from the grave to produce not only a good single in "Witch's Game", but this staggeringly dynamic live album. Tim Baker's shriek is hoarser, but as biting and compelling as ever, and to say that the band play with ... See full review
posted a comment on Klaus Schulze - Kontinuum. 7 months ago
Brilliant album! I may prefer this to Schulze's earlier work on any given day. The pressing is not perfect - there are some clicks and pops on my copy - but is more than good enough to be fully listenable and has good detail and tone. The only real ... See full review
posted a comment on Heilung - Futha. 7 months ago
Stunning! My favourite Heilung record so far. This is a bit more "feminine" and trancey than "Ofnir", but a similar sound overall. Luckily my black vinyl pressing is perfect. No surface noise, and very good bass and soundstage. Beautiful gold foil cover ... See full review
posted a comment on The Great Old Ones - Cosmicism. 7 months ago
Another good album from The Great Old Ones, perhaps even better than the previous album "EOD". However, it is really a pity that the fabulously trippy cd album cover is not used for this vinyl edition rather than the bland abstract close up of big brush ... See full review
posted a comment on Cloak (9) - The Burning Dawn. 7 months ago
If you like melodic black metal with a dark gothic atmosphere, then this has a couple of hit songs on it. Reminiscent of Tribulation or The Vision Bleak, this album nevertheless has a particular bluesy American groove to it that makes it relatively ... See full review
posted a comment on Opeth - In Cauda Venenum. 7 months ago
For me this is the best Opeth prog rock yet released, which is to say a lot. In other words, it is the best of the mighty quad of albums: "Heritage", "Pale Communion", "Sorceress" and "In Cauda Venenum". It is the proverbial curate's egg of different ... See full review
posted a comment on Gamma (2) - Gamma. 7 months ago
It is hard to understand why these two delightful Sloa Goa tracks are not more highly rated. I easily give them 5. "Attuale" bounces along with squelchy, bubbling 303 on top; this track has an infectious simple happiness. "Intellectuale" is a slow, ... See full review
posted a comment on Sunn O))) - Life Metal. 7 months ago
Great record, great sound. I got goosebumps the first time I heard this on a top system. Nothing beats analogue! I wish that more artists would record this way.
posted a comment on Mittelstandskinder Ohne Strom - Winter Kills / Spirulina. 7 months ago
"Winter Kills" is a kind of proto-progressive trance track - quite linear and subtle. "Spirulina" goes in a more Goa direction, with a propulsive bass synth that became a popular motif in progressive trance and grinding 303 melodies. These melodies ... See full review
posted a comment on Spiritual (2) / Undercover (4) - Esylium E.P.. 8 months ago
"Ride the Snake" features a famous sample from Jim Morrison's "An American Prayer", establishing the continuity between the lysergic 60s and the ecstatic 90s. It is one of Kristian Thinning's best tracks, which is to say that it is a masterwork of Goa ... See full review
posted a comment on Ott - Mir. 8 months ago
Another good OTT album. This is more glitchy than his previous two excellent albums, and I do not think that it is an advance on them, but it is nice in its own slightly different way. Unfortunately, my vinyl copy had a piece of paper (probably a bit of ... See full review
posted a comment on Tinariwen - Aman Iman: Water Is Life. 8 months ago
This is a solid album from Tinariwen, but it is not helped by a less than great recording. Excessively close mic'ed, red-lined and poorly mastered, at least on the vinyl edition, this is such a "hot" recording that it lacks perspective and atmosphere. ... See full review
posted a comment on Tinariwen - Tassili. 8 months ago
Good Tinariwen album here. What I want to point out is the good sound on my vinyl, quite a bit better than the earlier album "Aman Iman", for instance. Treble is extended and midrange is refined. For me, this good sound allows more of the atmosphere of ... See full review