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  1. This continues to hold up as a masterful sci-fi listening experience. It is just constantly evolving, using all the tools in the ambient, downtempo, progressive arsenal. And it does it seamlessly. Majestic Feeling and Planet Zoo is a perfect example. Cosmic Dessert is sublime. I know Infection 268-7 draws ire, but it has a fantastic ambient 1st half and a solid progressive trance finish. Off topic, but...how high was I when I wrote this review? You guys shoulda staged an intervention.
  2. When you release albums like Anno Domini, Infinitism, and Earth Crossing the bar is super high. This brief 4 track EP sounds like none of those and that's ok. Gone are the anthemic goa sounds and in its place is a more stripped down psytrance framework. Darker I suppose, but nothing memorable at all.
  3. Artist: Andromeda Title: Amiga Label: Classic Goa Trax Date: March, 2021 1. Lifeform 2. Impact 3. Coma 4. Amiga 5. Ask No Questions 6. Aurora 7. Crystal Kingdoms 8. Noc Samobójców Just when you think that the goa labels have mined all the jewels from the massive trance mountains along comes Suntrip's digital only label with a true gem from the goa hotspot of Poland. This is Przemyslaw Tkaczyk and don't let the lack of vowels fool you. The gentleman is hitting all the right notes from track one. Twisted 303's swirl and percolate with high intensity. Coma is a sinister mood and Ask No Questions has a blistering climax. The whole thing is a powerful foray into rhythm and melody. The only downsides for me was the downtempo "ish" closer. Not my bag, but that is just personal preference. The sound is crystal clear mastered by Kobi Harosh who has been working with this label as of late. Great job by all involved. Bandcamp
  4. This is an album that you either believe to be a classic foray into psychedelic goa trance or... "Dudes made 3 or 4 great tracks and now they're pillars of the genre? WTAF?" I'm in the latter category clearly an unpopular position. And that's ok. I like uncomfortable positions. First the classics...Pyramid is a darkly atmospheric track full of liquid toxicity. It bubbles and seethes like an alien parasite searching for its next unwitting host. As great as this track is, I think even it went on too long. V.T.O.L is another moody, alien masterpiece that contains zero dull moments and a kick a** climax. Elektron Bender has a shimmery quality to it and that fluttering arpeggio that has become instantly recognizable. You can actually feel the track inhaling and exhaling during the break. Delicious. The rest are decent tracks, good even, but hardly the stuff of legend. The psychedelic quality is appreciated, but it lacks any evolution and sounds a little dated. Now, if you replace tracks like Skinflint and Chug with say...The Joker from the Boyd in the Void comp and Tribal Sunrise mix from Rumour Records Goa Trance Volume 2 then perhaps this album would deserve a lot of the acclaim it seems to warrant. Outside of that, I would say this album could do with some reworks or even remixes by today's artists, like Morphic Resonance, Trinodia, Celestial Intelligence, Cosmic Dimension, Katedra...Now that is something I would gladly pay for.
  5. Still a great disc. I mean download cause, well...as of right now one is being sold for $240! I would say the only part of this album I cannot stand is the key change in Flamicogyre. It's just one of those parts in a song that hits me like the laugh from the Nanny. Or the entire Spiritual Healing song from The Muses Rapt
  6. I miss a lot of things. Like being able to eat whatever I want whenever I want. Sure I can still do it, but now it comes with fat a*ss consequences. I miss being able to stay up past 11 at night. It's not like any part of my day is strenuous, but like clockwork there I am on the couch wondering how the hell I fell asleep at 8:30. I closed my eyes for like, 5 minutes! But, I also miss the Neogoa label. Ivan and co. busted their a** to produce and deliver so many quality releases and oftentimes for nothing. This was the final offering from the label and it puts a nice bow on their catalog. The Maniac is Deepak B (or B. Deepak?) and he created Intense, pounding beats with machine gun spray 303 aggression. There is not a lot of room to catch your breath with such a high tempo barrage of barely controlled chaos. One of the things I liked is the seamless transition into new arpeggio lines. Like a lot of neogoa the most prominent gripe is that this album could be one long track as the sounds aren't that varied. And I don't know where you guys are on the chronology scale, but at my age this many tracks at that high speed can be exhausting. But like a gimp with a red ball in his mouth bent over a chair receiving his umpteenth spanking from a non-verbal dwarf with a prosthetic leg...I end up wanting more. This album is 4 on the floor madness set at a blistering pace with great production. Super clear. Like I said, I was sorry to see them go, but I implore all the new neophytes looking to explore the genre to give this once dominant netlabel a look because there is a f*ckton of great music to be found here. Neogoa Bandcamp
  7. It's not often I disagree with Jon, but this album doesn't seem to hold up IMO. Perhaps it's the choice of sounds (like the lead in Dancing Shiva) or the lack of evolution in tracks like the closing Ambient Sun. Other tracks are all over the place like Spider's Lullaby and Hoffman's Delivery. They seemed more like a bunch of sketches that they attempted to tie together. Clinical Experiment is the only one that stuck with me. It's a face melter with driving melodies that will leave you gasping for air. Damn near a perfect track IMO and the only track that hits all the sweet spots. The tracks are decent, but other than the opener I wouldn't feel the need to play them again.
  8. If you're in the mood for mellow, soul searching goa then just get to stepping. Hit the road. This is not that. This is just blistering, kick down the door goa trance. There is nothing subtle about it. It's cosmic, melodic, and hits with a furious pace. I've enjoyed everything Sergey has done and this is no exception. Track after track of hurtling through the cosmos at ludicrous speed. He channels his inner Astral on Measurements X and that bass that sneaks into Devil Fish? Yes please. The melody sequence in Deep Dive? Orgasmic insanity. It's fire and scorches everything it touches. However...the problem with making a balls to the wall album of face melters is that you're constantly trying to outdo yourself. Perhaps it's a problem with track order, but if two tracks in a row annihilate everything, then the next one is fighting to say, "Hey me too, I can kick ass!" To me this is a minor gripe as I can order them anyway I want. So yes it can be overwhelming if you try and do this in one go, and I'll even concede that the whole album sounds similar, but that shouldn't diminish the quality of the tracks on their own. This is a great album of high powered goa trance. Good job!
  9. First thing I would like to say is congratulations to Magus Knight for a fantastic review. Well defined and well written. I am an unapologetic fanboy of Suntrip Records and proudly purchase all their releases. Not all of them are gold, but the vast majority are. Astral Experience was released 12 years ago and delivered the sunshine melodies of goa trance that a lot of us were craving. But Elad while adept at producing uplifting goa is equally skilled at making melodic trance. Just listen to Emotional Peaks from 2011 and you'll see what I'm talking about. I believe with this album he mixes the two styles to beautiful effect. Intros and breaks are flooded with emotion and are interspersed in between storming goa power. The goa melodies are bouncy, oftentimes bubbly and liquid and get the head nodding. It's not a perfect album (could've done without the opening track, doesn't seem to fit), but it's a very strong one. I like the darker side of goa trance (and things in general), but that's not what Afgin does. He makes dance music that puts a smile on your face and makes you want to wave your hands in the air like you just don't care. It's melodic, bursting at the seems with sunshine, and layered extremely well with superb production. It's impossible to listen to his music and not feel like you could be dancing on a beach with all of your friends. And that's not a bad thing. Thumbs. Way up.
  10. Man, remember when Corelle first came out? Suntrip was just a baby, but they released this iconic gem that was met with universal acclaim. Fast forward 16 years and Matthieu Chamoux picks up right where he left of. This guy from France has such a complete understanding of melody and paints his art with delicate touches. Nothing is abrasive and all is welcoming. Every track is full of spiraling melodies and liquid layers creating a living, breathing entity. Notes: Admonition- Slowly unfolding beginning that oozes sunlight and mysticism. Ziggurat- Who doesn't love a good tabla? And that bouncy melody? So. Much. Rapture. Grey Kitty in the Box- You can feel and hear the constant exhalation as melodies dance above and below. Super duper. Gather Your Herds- Gentle, interwoven melodies bring sunshine at every turn. Acide Forme- Pure goa brilliance. Like surfing on an endless ray of sunlight. Pavane- Delicious from start to finish, but especially the finish with the violin. A World of Outmoded Ideas- More of a trancey sound, but his ability to mix his layers with just the right amount of dynamism is impressive. Didge Voices- Forlorn, melancholic, and deeply entrancing with a lovely tribal touch. One of my faves. Ealitas Ex Nihilo- This one didn't grab me like EVERYTHING ELSE did. Bravo to Khetzal for making an album that gets better and better with repeated listens. It's almost perfect in my eyes and a worthy sequel to cement your goa trance legacy! And kudos to Suntrip for delivering this wonderful music and not being afraid to release different types of goa. This type will always be welcome.
  11. Hey everyone! How are you guys doing? It's been awhile since I commented on a release. Realizing that I'm middle aged and have been on here since 2005? Yikes. Catching up on my music and I thought I'd give this a go. I suppose one could say that it does sound "like one long track" and "like neogoa" with power, intensity and melodies, but that needn't be a bad thing. I found the production to be of extremely high quality and while the melodies may not be superb, the layers and breaks make up for it. He absolutely slays it with Coral Tails, Different Species, Altar of Wisdom, Beyond the Darklight, Transcendence, and Radioactive Atoms. Funny how tastes differ as I felt Fabric of Creation while good was the weakest track. Anyhoo, good job and am glad I have this in the collection.
  12. I don't find myself around these parts much any longer, but I will lurk from time to time. I decided to throw this on and give it a listen all the way through. 3 Cds is quite the endeavor and it certainly can get taxing. As most have said the first two CDs are some of the most mind-blowing, melodic, high intensity and epic goa trance you will hear. Point blank. Just track after track of powerful bliss with no filler to be found. This alone is worth the price. The third disc mixes psytrance and goa and isn't my favorite. The variety is a plus and the psytrance isn't bad, but when you compare it to the music found on the first two discs it's more of a throw in. That said, it's still pretty good and I would love to hear what a dark ambient album from this artist would sound like.
  13. Who knows? After a few more listens perhaps I'll be closer to your POV. People's taste can be all over the place and for that we should be thankful. Bottom line the album is still worth picking up and it leaves me hopeful for the next release. And the next...
  14. Listening to this again and I have to say some of the shine has come off the diamond. Still very good, but it might not be as great as I once thought. Also, with the exception of Goalien, Agneton, and Travma it seems most of these artists have vanished. Shame, I had such high hopes for Hypnotic Signal.
  15. "Turns out this thing goes deeper than I imagined!" Does it though? I haven't done one of these for a while so...here goes! Suntrip has been the gold standard for goa trance since 2004 and with this compilation they are merging the very compatible styles of goa trance and forest psytrance. Two projects that should immediately come to mind are Ka-Sol and Battle of the Future Buddhas and they are indeed represented here. First thing to take note of is the very nice cover art. On that front Suntrip rarely disappoints. Deeper Reality opens things up with a rather benign and timid entry that is easily forgettable. Smuds's marriage of their bassline and kick instantly make for a groovy situation, but aside from some juicy sound effects there really isn't much to grapple with. Another long effort without much direction. While the first two tracks barely scratched the goa surface Eating Crow is a more detailed affair. It builds, screams with a very Buddha-esqe lead, and had plenty of bubbling sound effects. The eerie night time forest walk vibe is maintained. While not perfect it's head and shoulders above the first two tracks. Omnium's Omnipresence does a good job of hitting hard with a lot of juicy, and bubbly effects along with some nice goa melodies. Liked it. Proxeeus has been busy lately with compilations, his own albums, and even his own offerings of downtempo and ambient. This track wastes no time hitting the ground running. There's swirling effects, gurgling goa leads, and layers of madness. Another thing in this track's favor is it allows itself to re-emerge with a different focus even though the kick never stops. It's darker and heavier than his usual fare, but it's super good. Xenomorph had THE track of the previous Suntrip compilation Gamma Draconis with Dying Sun, but this is different. It's spooky and dark with lots of sound effects. Decent. Never liked Ka-Sol. Sorry if that offends, but I just never did. Hey I don't like kale or lentils either, but that doesn't make me a bad person. However, Dance of the Locusts is hands down my favorite track by this project. It's intricate layers encapsulate what a dark, Nordic forest would be and just hit me right. That deep groovy bass? I'm telling you. Even though there aren't a lot of surprises it's length makes it more appealing. No goa/forest hybrid would be complete without the Buddhas. This style is what they do. I've always been on the fence with them. Some tracks I've loved and some...I haven't. Pitchbend is a thumping track meant to wear down your defenses until you succumb to their forest wishes. Unfortunately it's rather boring without a lot of evolution, but the difference here is that it goes on for over 9 minutes. Hada made some waves with his Once Upon A Time Release last year which was a sublime mixture of forest and goa trance. Seems like he would fit right in here and it does, sounding spooky and playful at the same time. He does a good job of combining the two genres and while I preferred his album this was a decent track. Flashbacks is a storming and eerie industrial sounding goa trance track! DId he use the well known sound by Prodigy in FIrestarter? Bravo! This sounds like something Tim Schuldt or Syb Unity Nettwerk would have dreamed. Bottom line? Perhaps the mixing of the two genres isn't as easy or compatible as I thought. This is a decent compilation with mixed results. The good tracks are really good, but the weaker ones all follow the same pattern. Too long without any direction. I think combining these genres can be explosive and descriptive when done well. Suntrip did a decent job putting this together, but I have to believe there are better tracks out there that can take this genre mix to higher levels. P.S. I just read the review above mine and it's amazing how points of view can differ. And I love it.
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