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  1. +1 on both said. I'd love if he incorporated more Scyth-esque (Goa/Psy) elements into a more cinematic feel (as the intro is here + taking Scythe to the next level, a sequel I'm putting out there for after this album). When I say cinematic of course, I'm not saying to sound too sound trekky (sound track oriented), Rather incorporating cinematic elements in a way that enhances, deepens, and broadens the story and feel [deep atmospheric sci-fi space psy/goa-trance]. You all know what I'm talking about. His evocative/space psy elements are terrific here. But the step (breaks?) influence I find less satisfying. Can the story be produced, half in this step/breaks/style and half more Goa-esque like Scythe, with same vision and sounds? Rather save those for another album actually, since this vision is powerful and for whatever reason the break approach is a part of it. Part of me is just thankful that he's releasing another album. His work is ridiculously underrated, super popular however in circles of appreciation throughout the world, those who are meant to come across it. This also goes without saying: Many of the most talented artists are not widely known. I simply love Scythe of Orion's (non D&B, nor breaks for the most part) approach. I love the sci-fi, atmospheric, ambient, sound/melody, texture/soundscape influence that this artist produces, his harmonies and storytelling work. I simply like less the beat approach, though I realize that many of you guys like this beat approach too! If he decides to produce a powerful follow up to Scythe after this one, he should IMO consider reaching out to Suntrip or other reputable labels who are mindful and resourceful, caring of their artists and vision. I'd also love to hear Ambient, Psyambient by this artist. I'm sure his sound/storytelling would stand out and breath to enormous degrees in a downbeat-esque psyambient album. Altar Records releases stuff like that BTW with E-Mantra. I'm thinking of Cybernetika's Finale to some degree (below); such strong, catchy work. And the upcoming release I'm sure will kick ass. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4_cd15Cyc8
  2. The only one who said this was "CRAP" was the opening reviewer. I can see how opening reviews can influence a thread to some degree, initially at least maybe. But you're adults. Listen to the album and decide for yourself. This is a great [old school goa] release IMO. NOT a solid A from me but well done overall with numerous super songs! Who cares on grades in the end? Just listen to the whole thing FREE here on YouTube. WTF are you people paying 50 euros for? Filteria's remix of Skywalker on V/A - Ten Spins Around the Sun is arguably perfect, fantastic. X-Train can go lick balls. It's chuuu-chuuu train sound is immature sounding. It's hard to imagine the same artist made the other tracks. Goaway should have replaced X-Train; that would have made this album VERY strong. Skywalker, Memory Bubbles, Vorlan, and Hyperspace are great, excellent. I think Orient Express is pretty cool, different. Zahadoom is overrated IMO. It's sound I grow tired of after a while. Not sure how anyone found it great but to each their own. As other posters said, the last track's original is better than this remix.
  3. This is a solid EP with some great/excellent work. The Full On GOA approach is good. The tracks are generally intense, well orchestrated, dark and driving. I like it. I don't find this album better than main albums by Pleiadians/Etnica/FIlteria though. Or certain tracks on free releases like Psylent Buddhi (1997-2003). But there's a lot of potential here. For sure this will kick some asses. The artist is on the right track. More exploratory elements, atmosphere, climaxes, and unpredictable twists and turns wouldn't hurt.. Think Tando's Multimoods album. since that was dark, powerful, and almost full of super songs... now take that to the next level without ripping off the style/sound of that album). There's a lot of imaginative work here. The general style and sound is edgy. (intense, visceral, more or less kinetic) Some of the sound usage is excellent, quite infectious and reminds me old school Goa with today's productions. Suntrip? Maybe it's time for a Temple of Chaos 2 with an entire new dark Goa approach that makes things edgier, more infectious in that regard than ever before? This artist could be a potential candidate for a track on a compilation. Just an idea. Morphic Resonance's tracks sound more repetitive than they are due to the higher in volume (quite emphasized in that regard) beat and bass line which rarely changes up. I'm all for a good beat and bass line, but does it have to be so in-my-face when you have such solid GOA work? Change it up more! Impress us. Awe us. Make it dynamic. Blow us out of the water on EVERY track. Regarding beat and bass line production, I prefer Suntrip, Timewarp, and UAF/Neogoa (among other) labels. I'm not saying that everyone will agree with me. But this Full On production approach (to me) can get fairly exhausting at times. Simply put, those labels have found a friendly balance for the beat and bass line volume/mastering in relation to melody/sound production in Goa. I prefer the beat and bass line in those in that regard. For dance floors, this will blow them away. Find a happy medium (balance). I love how the album starts out, for the first few minutes -- but its "sound" on the first track begins to wear on me after a while. There's not enough innovation, changes, variety in sound, new terrain, etc. That said, the melody/sound work on EVERY track is well done. All tracks stand out on varying degrees. Psychoactive Landscape (uptempo wise) I enjoy the most. More innovation in that track would have been nice though, as the parts I like most remind me of Crop Circle's Pentagon track. I especially like Outro. At 2:58 though it's so short! Outro is sleek and doesn't lose me for a second. I love the development so far... (as if the song could have continued), the sound usage and tempo, but it feels like a sample, a third of a track. Where's the satisfying whole? Can the artist produce a longer down/-mid-tempo version that's just as strong, around 7-9 minutes in duration to close the album? No need to make it overly long, but spectacular for every minute since he nailed the first three would be awesome. Outro is great while it lasts. It just ends too soon. Please make it longer and just as tight. Please consider such criticism and feedback as my opinion and ways to further improve your work. If I didn't see a ton of potential, I wouldn't lay down the criticisms among one of the stronger / strongest releases in a while. Rough rating estimate (from me): 01. Telekinesis B+ 02. Epsilon Aurigae B+ / A- 03. Chromatic World B+ 04. Psychoactive Landscape A- 05. Outro A-
  4. Strong compilation. Check out the review thread I started. Please post album feedback here. Click ----> V/A - Ten Spins Around The Sun
  5. V/A - Ten Spins Around The Sun Suntrip Records 2014 CD1 - Goa Trance 1. E-Mantra - Sumoning Necromancer 2. Sirius - Not From here 3. Cosmic Dimension - Universe of Destruction 4. Celestial Intelligence - The Oncoming Storm 5. Imba & Nova Fractal - Sevilla in Trance 6. Crossing Mind - Goathmic Pulsations 7. Skarma - Thysselian 8. Cymatics - Celestial Sunrise[/font] BONUS TRACK: 9. Asura vs Aes Dana - Elie CD2 - Goa-Trance Remixes 1. E-Rection - Out Here We Are Stoned (Imba Remix) 2. Crossing Mind - Cyclone In Your Heart (2014 Remix) 3. Power Source - Skywalker (Filteria Remix) 4. Ra - Gateway Eight (Cosmic Dimension Remix) 5. E-Mantra - Afterglow (Nova Fractal Remix) 6. Crossing Mind - Hydrophobic Visions (E-Mantra Remix) 7. Merr0w - Blue Planet (Adrenalin Run Remix) 8. Khetzal - Djaningar (Filteria Remix) CD 3 - Ambient / Chill Out 1. Amos - Ghost World 2. Mindsphere - Defective Cell 3. Hybrid Leisureland - Moment 4. Neurotonal - Earth Frequency 5. Solar Fields - Insum (2014 Remix) 6. Jagoa - Vibe[/font] 7. Crossing Mind - Sunlight 8. Jagoa - Finding Some Light 9. Neurotonal - The Enlightenment 10. Hybrid Leisureland - Friction Glow In celebration of Suntrip's ten years in Goa Trance. Ten Spins Around the Sun is a triple CD compilation. CD1 is Goatrance. CD2 is Goatrance remixes. CD3 is Ambient (Downtempo/Chill). A full review ensues. CD1 - GOA TRANCE 1. E-Mantra - Sumoning Necromancer kicks off the compilation with a solid digit. The first part that grabs my attention is the detectible intricacy at 1:53, and the new move at 2:46. I like catchy layering like that. Good sound usage, but the overall song feels light on imagination and excitement. As we go deeper, a powerful effect hits before the forth minute. The song loses some steam after the interlude and improves around 5:52. The artist keeps things developing, though the last act and the overall song could have been more engaging and memorable. All in all a nice track to lead us into the higher energy numbers. But this is not what sells an album to me. It's a solid opening with some great elements. B 2. Sirius - Not From here has a very nice introduction. Ambient layers add feeling to the driving rhythm. This song feels more energetic than the previous due to a faster beat and synths. I like the ambient notes. The overall song however utilizes similar synth work throughout that to me grows tiresome after a while. Thankfully the second act lets go of some layers; the soundscapes breath. An interlude emerges in the third minute; the track takes off. I like the drum roll. I'm trying to give this a chance. I just wish that the melodies, arrangement, synth selection and overall direction was smoother (more creative and varied), not just layered and fast. To me the song feels redundant, too rough and similar sounding in ideas/synths throughout. The brief siren effects are cool. But I'm not impressed overall. This is the only song I don't care for on CD1. It's not bad or good (to me). The less melodic synth style here I find less fluid, smooth and digestible compared to the surrounding tracks. C+ 3. Cosmic Dimension - Universe of Destruction is the best song I've heard by Cosmic Dimension since the artist work via In A Special Kind of Space album. I heard new songs by this artist on recent comps and this is the best of the bunch so far. Imaginative and powerful, detailed and arresting, this song grows stronger, more intelligent and unique as it moves forward. The middle interlude is where things get interesting, the pit stop for opportunity and change. In this case, dramatic improvement to something already solid (albeit layers over infective rhythm) takes place, thus going the extra mile via excellence. What sounds like a low pitched gong rings. The effect is evocative and delectibly distinct, enhanced by the synths' returns. The artist continues to find ways to rise above the surface, tasty melodies, little details that intertwine with a plethora of soundscapes, textures and ambient notes. In cases that less is more, this track shows that more is sometimes a very good thing and thankfully there's not too much of it here. This is one my favorite tracks by Cosmic Dimension and of the year. It's excellent, especially where it goes after the first several minutes. Excellent track. A- 4. Celestial Intelligence - The Oncoming Storm is more energetic and climactic than the previous track. The lower pitched sounds integrate beautifully with the melodies. The result is a healthy balance between the fluid and the rough. Things grow more climactic at around 2:14. Melody leads often engage each other with strong results while segments in-between remain interesting before the next event. The process repeats, as a tastier concoction enters around the forth minute. For a climactic track, The Oncoming Storm is great. It enters the last third with refreshingly catchy elements. Aside from the catchy FX, the seventh to eighth minute could have taken things further, sounded more refreshing. The song plateaus for me around 6:12, though remains good and changes up. Overall this is a very good, danceable track that gets better as it progresses. That said, I enjoyed the previous track more. B+ 5. Imba & Nova Fractal - Sevilla in Trance has a strong opening, but the entire track blows that away. I love the synth work in this song, the melodies and sound arrangement. What sounds like a synthetic flute works well. Additional leads soon arrive that top it. The first interlude lets me breath. Then the music returns, so fluid and engaging! The song flies through terrain with the paradox of forceful elegance. The tunes are very catchy here, a huge plus. Also noteworthy is the sound usage, such as throughout the fifth minute, the mixing, and the overall direction. Seville In Trance has great evolution. It's dynamic in arrangement, varied in sound selection, and has a strong climax in the last act. The artists did a terrific job. Super track. A- 6. Crossing Mind - Goathmic Pulsations has good buildup, but not to climax. Being dynamic in nature, the artist seems to keep most of his arsenal locked away until the third minute. The intro's nice. The beat alteration at 1:40 is great for instance, along with the melodic combinations and rolling bass line. There's a lot of intricacy and alterations taking place here. The music becomes more prominent in the second act, with an emphasized beat in the third. Having said that, I was not as impressed with this song as I was with the artist's Virtual Mind Cleaner track on the Future Architecture 2 comp. The sound usage grows a little repetitive at times. Virtual Mind Cleaner is more refined, varied (in sound usage), and delectably crafted in comparison. That said, this is a good track with some great elements. I simply find it less infectious than some of my favorite tracks by this artist. B+ 7. Skarma - Thysselian returns from Suntrip's Blacklight Moments comp after releasing an Astral Projection influenced track that made AP feel nostalgic again from their classic days producing Goa. Skarma has again produced a beautiful, smooth number with today's production values. The uplifting melodies and harmonies add to the undercurrent sound and rhythm throughout. The first act is great. The second and third incorporates a more uplifting feel (love this); each act has healthy development. The melodies aren't in my face thankfully; their fairly gentle, allowing the backdrops to breath and resonate. The song has feeling and heart. The artist understands AP enough to imaginatively producing his own visions, both nostalgic and new. The song's a little light compared to my favorite tracks by AP, but the light approach here works. I'd love to here a wonderful sunrise track (as AP's Liquid Sun is) by Skarma that's inspired, not similar of course. Sometimes I feel that a little more innovation could have taken place in the end. Other times I feel it's just right. Thysselian is a great track from start to finish. A- 8. Cymatics - Celestial Sunrise is one of the most unique tracks on CD1. It has an organic, nature oriented opening that reminds me of California Sunshine if Har-El Prussky still made Goa today. The melodies throughout the song are warm, emotive, and optimistic (uplifting). Details, such as the gentle lift-off part at around 2:45 for instance is great! The melody work is very nice, though for a Sunrise (morning Goa) track, I wasn't hooked as much as I was hearing AP's Liquid Sun, Goasia's Sunrise, or Astrancer-Inhabitants of the Sun (Gnostic Theory). Other delectable elements take place here quite well. The gentle interlude is pleasant, including a sample on consciousness. The music's return (after this bit) evolves with new arrangement that's good. The nature-esque accents are never overused. No idea seems to hang on for too long. The song is tight from start to finish, but it lacks that special OMG thing that made me love my favorite (sunrise Goa) songs. I feel that the artist can take the sunrise concept further, creating a more infectious signature lead that's heavenly. Nevertheless, what he's achieved here is catchy. Celestial Sunrise is an uplifting, morning Sunrise Goa number that's filled with creative touches and positive energy. B+ BONUS TRACK 9. Asura vs Aes Dana - Elie was conceived around 1999. Initially I thought it was a chill piece until I heard it and WOW. Why haven't these artists produced more GOA-influenced tracks before (together or separate?), at least occasionally over the last two decades? To start off, I could have done without the male hymns that begin around 0:24 and reprise several times, such as at 7:52 throughout. I find them distracting from everything else that's great! Strong ingredients include melody/sounds, effects, and evolutionary elements like a stellar spaceship. I love the musical work throughout, the FX, atmosphere, and direction! I love the echoed voice samples, especially in the last act. They're gripping. The hymns though make me feel unsure as to if we're moving through celestial bodies or chanting on a mountain top? Overall, it's great to hear two super talented artists worked together on something so strong and imaginative. Why wasn't this released before? Maybe one day Asura will release more uptempo work that's just as intellectually satisfying. Same with Aes Dana. This is an excellent track. A- / A CD2 - REMIXES 1. E-Rection - Out Here We Are Stoned (Imba Remix) starts out with the catchy tune from the original. I was never a huge fan of the original, save the main, signature lead so I may seem a bit biased. Considering how catchy the opening tune is, I was expecting a little more to engage me in the first third, though it builds nicely. A a symbol clash via 3:36 is where I get into the song. The track could have began at 3:36 since the song gets tastier (for a while) from here. A dynamic drum beat section enters. The beat evolves. Hi hats enter. The signature lead in various forms soon arrives, and then the voice sample arrives. This part is excellent. The lead is supported well past the fifth minute, and the song remains tight for some time. The ambient is catchy too. To me however, the song begins to lose some appeal from around 7:37 to 9:50. The artist incorporates more layers around the general sound. The last few minutes though are not nearly captivating as everything that preceded it. The tasty lead reprises one last time, like a good bye before the song ends. That's nice, and the overall remix does justice to the beloved tune with strong, complimentary work. I simply wish that even greater delicacy was produced around the middle third, signature ingredients. B+ 2. Crossing Mind - Cyclone In Your Heart (2014 Remix) is a surprise. The original on Temple of Chaos was one of the only tracks I felt was noticeably weaker, compared to the other tracks on that otherwise stunning compilation. So maybe it's no surprise to some that the artist would improve upon it with a wider range of sounds, ideas; basically the evolutionary elements we've come to enjoy from Crossing Mind. This remix adds hills and valleys, color and complexity to the original's driving albeit rough, rugged, and repetitive sound. That said, its novel additions could have included unpredictable territory; the song could have evolved past the original's undercurrent feel and had a tremendous final third, whereas this is solid as opposed to extraordinary relative to where it goes, its direction. More risks would have been nice, yet the new added ingredients and changes here are a nice improvement over the original. Good track. B+ 3. Power Source - Skywalker (Filteria Remix) is the first song to really impress me on CD2, as a whole that is. Filteria took a classic Goa track from the mid 90's, a song that shares special feelings in many people's hearts. He then turned a classic [goa song] from the golden era into a fluid, dynamic and illuminated beauty. The remix dramatically builds upon the original while keeping its essence in tact. The first act's layers delectably enhance the original around the signature voice sample and rebirth of leads. The interlude fronts the second more delectable act; not that the first wasn't great. The last third gets more psychedelic, edgy and arresting, all while keeping its signature ingredients intact. The remix has heart, excitement and imagination. It has healthy development and evolution, just like the original. Also important is that it gets catchier as it progresses. There's not a moment when I lost interest here. Sure I've heard stuff more complex by Filteria (his impressive Lost in the Wild album), but I've also heard stuff less fluid (same album). I can't imagine Power Source not being pleased. They found the perfect artist to remix one of their best songs from back in the day. Now we have to get Filteria to remix other Power Source classics, i.e: Memory Bubbles, Vorlan, Hyperspace, Goaway, and Granada (the original). This is an awesome remix. A 4. Ra - Gateway Eight (Cosmic Dimension Remix) is another great remix. It takes one of the best RA tracks and does great things with it. I love the ambient elements and find them more enjoyable in addition to the sounds than than when the layers are most present until the second half. That's when RA's original lead appears with the beautiful ambient. The psychedelic layering is catchy too, though I find it a bit much at times considering the beautiful work underneath. I realize the artist wanted to incorporate his creativity and much of it works, such as the last act. I'm just a huge fan of catchy arrangement over layers (though I love both). having said that, the song basks in beauty; it's showered in sounds to the point its beauty is almost overwhelmed at times in psychedelics. Then the ambient arrives and brings its beauty to the forefront; suddenly all of those layers fit right in because RA's ingredients are being pushed up rather than immersed. Maybe I seem a bit critical here but it's only because of my love for the original. The artist did a great job overall. Sometimes like in the previous one though, less is more. A- 5. E-Mantra - Afterglow (Nova Fractal Remix) has one of the best openings I've heard. It's powerful. The raw power of the beat and FX is attention grabbing. So now we get to Act 2. It's good, though that powerful opening beat could have returned in the middle (you know where). It doesn't grab me as tightly in the forth to fifth minute as it could have. Then at around 5:25 an interlude takes place. The song evolves, and the track is revived unexpectedly with a terrific, climactic section that's very catchy and atypical from E-Mantra's style. This part's eventful, memorable. Unlike E-Mantra's tasty opening track on CD1 that lacked a strong ending, this remix achieves greatness, though it could have trimmed a bit (off the forth) to tighten things up a bit. The last act's great too, with new combinations and energy. This is a strong track that enhances the original. There are some superb parts and a great buildup, climax. A- 6. Crossing Mind - Hydrophobic Visions (E-Mantra Remix) remixes CM's track from V/A's Shaltu. The original was solid, but fairly uneventful around its dynamic approach at times. E-Mantra has incorporated more feeling with this remix, while maintaining some of its dynamic appeal. E-Mantra's melodic style is emphasized around 1:37 forward, though I was never a huge fan of scaffolded melodies. To me, the echoing-like effect causes some clarity to be lost with the actual tunes. The ambient notes around 2:20 are beautiful, yet for a second things sound a bit busy. The ambient notes soon flow into an island (interlude) without beat usage, before reaching 3:33, whereas lies zestier work. From 4:06 forward (mainly the forth minute, second act), the song sounds a bit too busy at times, like two separate songs. There is a second interlude. Upon the burst of energy, music's return, the ideas sound more cohesive and collected, more focused. The last third is clearer, more enjoyable in this regard. There is also good synth in the sixth minute. Overall this remix is a bit overwhelming at times. The second third could have sounded more unified. The song is less dynamic than the more aggressive and staccato original that I preferred. There are however deeper feelings. It starts off nice, has beautiful ambient elements and a tight final act. B 7. Merr0w - Blue Planet (Adrenalin Run Remix) has a wonderful first third that's uplifting and unique. I love it. The second half is magical too. I could give this thing a perfect score into the 4th minute. The melody/sound work is lush and harmonious, and in some ways dynamic thanks to imaginative, musical composition. The song showcases unpredictably fluid mixing and direction. There is a brief transition around 5:20. The voice samples add character. The last third is good too, but just a little something I feel is missing to make it more magical like the second half. More could have been done in the 7th and 8th minute. The song feels a little light here in that regard though the last act's catchy! This is a great remix filled with harmony, feeling, beautiful melody/sound work, mixing, and direction. The positive sound throughout is awesome. The first two acts are quite characteristic and tighter, simply put, than the energetic and still enjoyable last one. I really wanted to give this a solid A and was close before the last act that's still very good! Excellent remix. A- 8. Khetzal - Djaningar (Filteria Remix) is another beautiful and fluid remix. I consider the original superb. So I'm glad that Jannis re-approached it with his vision, rather than the original's sound with his. To begin, the opening is beautiful, immersive and atmospheric. This is an awesome opening. Also great is the melody around 2:50; the ambient is harmoniously supportive. I prefer the artist's eastern-influence emphasis here too considering it's more to Khetzal's essence. Another noteworthy part is around 4:40. The melody arrangement is beautiful; it's vibrant and engaging. The sounds have range; their varied and nicely balanced. The second interlude is smooth and floating before the finale, a buildup that begins around 5:54. It's excellent! This artist doesn't overdo climax anymore, so the climaxes stand outand I enjoy them more. The overall song isn't as organic, nor as ethereal; the ending climax isn't as grande as the original. Khetzal's track felt more like a breathing, living world, at times with greater touches of life. That said, this remix sticks to the artist's strengths and does justice to one of Khetzal's best (top 2 or 3 IMO) tracks. What surprised me is how different the remix is! Just listen to them back-to-back to see what I mean. This is basically a brand new song. Both are beautiful works of art. While I adore the original, this is a super catchy remix. A CD 3 - AMBIENT (CHILL) 1. Amos - Ghost World takes a while to get going. I was fading the first few times I heard this. Then it began to grow like an opening to a song, slow and gradual, nice background music (to me)l. The first act is subtle; it may feel lengthy and repetitive (because it is IMO, and it's an ambient track). The song develops a little, though remains somewhat meditative in nature. It's pleasant but quite simple and for me, almost too gentle. Maybe I'm just impatient, but this is my least favorite track on CD 3. I'm sure some listeners will appreciate the simplicity here(more than myself. B- 2. Mindsphere - Defective Cell is more to my liking. The first act is gentle and evocative. The arrangement develops like a story being told. The sounds that enter support the story and enhance the immersion. There is a nice cloud floating moments, soon followed by new sounds and arrangement. The sustained hymn-esque ambient/atmosphere is strong. I love the musical buildup in the 6th and 7th minute, how the artist achieved this effect musically, without a beat is creative. I was never really hooked by this artist's ambient in the past. I really like this song. Its development is interesting and involves magical key touches. The last third's unique tapping-esque sound (in place of beat) adds character. The melody/sound and direction here is heartfelt. Great track. A- 3. Hybrid Leisureland - Moment has sadness with beauty. The song is [/size][/font]reflective and introspective. That's my view anyway. The song is like a moment captured in time, filled with hope. The subtle beat in the last act is nice; it tilts the song towards ambient. It's nice to see Suntrip releasing ambient tracks here as opposed to downtempo/Psy-Chill ones (Opus Iridium) which was goo The moment of this track feels uplifting and inspired, and reminds me a little of Solar Field's in a good way. Although simple in its execution and fairly short, quality over quantity goes a long way here. Give it some time and come back to it. This is a poignant song. A- 4. Neurotonal - Earth Frequency's distinct sound grabs my attention right away. It's as if we're scanning the deserts of Mars, searching for remnants of potential, past life. The atmosphere and ambient usage add to the chapter/story (cinematic) feel. I'm hooked by the general sound. The song is fairly psychedelic too, being downtempo. The beat's effective. The ongoing (opening) low-note sound however could have taken a break, or changed up later on. The song grows a bit repetitive, more or less, as it progresses via the last act because of this. And yet it manages to develop. There is a very nice interlude too! Sometimes I think I'm overthinking this little gripe, but sometimes I feel that the song could have benefited from more of a complimentary evolution in the second half. The song seems to run out of ideas around the 5th minute roughly, but man is it gripping. Earth Frequency stands out. It has a vision. The ambient and atmosphere is strong too. B+ / A- 5. Solar Fields - Insum (2014 Remix) is filled with harmony and feeling. It's floating and euphoric. The subtle female hymns are attractive. Same with the Goa touches. The song incorporates three healthy acts and lifts off in the third. I love that part, the feeling of transcendence, ascension. This is why many people love this artist, his work, because it helps them to feel better, lighter in life, more free and alive. I realize that the artist has exercised ideas like this before, creating buildups to beautiful segments and I'm never tired of it. Magnus always taps angles to done concepts, breathing new life into every work of art, finding new ways to explore the dimension of creativity and beauty through music, love, and imagination. He makes something old in concept feel magical all over again, and that takes talent. This is a beautiful track and my favorite (the most accessible IMO) on CD3. A- 6. Jagoa - Vibe begins with an interesting combination of ambient, beats, and tribal influence. The echoed FX are crisp and catchy along with the melodic ingredients. The floating island interludes nearly eliminate repetition. The ambient notes along with subtle female hymn-esque notes create an ethereal feel. The song flows, though lacks surprise and discovery like the previous track. Still, the track is catchy throughout, and improves as it progresses. It has a mystical feel too which works to its advantage. B+ 7. Crossing Mind - Sunlight begins really nice, atmospheric and mystical. The opening 1-2 minute's are good. From 2:22 forward though, the song reminds me of the Sega Genesis game, Streets of Rage. I'm referring to the baseline, beat, and even the melodies (minus the alterations). I bet this was unintentional. I couldn't help but notice. The song unique, with pretty catchy melodies. I think it would have sounded better with a different baseline and beat, as I begin to grow tired of its emphasized sound (towards the end it's quite nice though). The interlude is good too. The song could have developed more and I'm curious what an [excellent] ambient track would be like by this artist, as this isn't it. Nonetheless, there are some nice elements here. B- 8. Jagoa - Finding Some Light is another contemplative number that begins sad and gradually moves to hopeful. Due to the gradual mood shift, I often experience mixed emotions, from contemplative/sad, to more upbeat and hopeful throughout the first half. The artist wants us to feel and has executed the title (moving from darkness to light I infer) effectively. The vehicle is floating and relaxing too. For the record, the song grows catchier, more optimistic and hopeful as it reaches the end, light. B+ 9. Neurotonal - The Enlightenment stands out less (to me) than Earth Frequency. This ambient piece took time to grow on me. It's fairly light, lackluster, and slow. A stronger variety of ideas would have been nice, and a more evolved final third. Sometimes I'm content with the way it is. A strong, ambient hum flows throughout. The song is gentle and relaxing. There is nice melody work. Overall I found Neurotonal's Earth Frequency catchier, more enjoyable. But this is pretty good. It's grown on me some. B- 10. Hybrid Leisureland - Friction Glow is ambient for the most part. It's uplifting, dreamy. There are some beautiful elements, though the second half shares ideas with the first. This actually doesn't bother me that much. It's an ambient track and very pleasant in harmony. I can float away. Solid closing track. B+ Concluson - Ten Spins Around the Sun is loaded with great Goa-Trance originals (CD1), remixes (CD2), and Ambient/Chill work (CD3). That's almost 4 hours of quality music. FOUR HOURS?!! The songs are strong and memorable for the most part. CD 1+2 are great. Each has super songs, no bad ones (just one I didn't care for). CD3 (Ambient/Chill) took longer to grow on me; I expected more initially, but it has since grown on me. I almost always find a few songs I'm not in love with on compilations. Good news is that there's only one song (track 2) I don't care for on CD1. Every song on CD2 is solid or great, superb to me. CD3 has some beautiful work; some tracks were simply not so accessible on first listen (I'm thinking track 1). As is the case, let it grow. It's a Suntrip Release after all and every compilation to date has showcased great work. Ten Spins Around the Sun is one of my favorite compilations of 2014. It's a beautiful triple album. Happy 10th Anniversary Suntrip Records and thank you for another great release. Favorite tracks CD 1 ... 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 CD 2 ... 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 CD 3 ... 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 .... (followed by 4, 10) A- Sample / Order http://www.suntriprecords.com/shop/ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ten-Spins-Around-The-Sun/dp/B00JV4LRF8 http://www.goastore.ch/compilation-ten-spins-around-the-sun-3cds.html http://www.psyshop.com/shop/CDs/sut/sut3cd032.html http://www.allmusic.com/album/ten-spins-around-the-sun-mw0002675188/releases
  6. V/A - Future Architecture 2 Neogoa / Underground Alien Factory Records 2014 This is a free Psy/Goa Trance album. I treated it like any other review. The album showcases great talent, and some artist tracks I hope can take my feedback constructively in improving and perfecting their sound and style. I'm very appreciate of creative free releases by artists, those involved behind scenes and Ektoplasm. A huge contribution to quality music for many years! Many artists got noticed thanks to you guys. Everyone on Future Architecture 2 took the time to produce a unique track with creativity. Moreover, this compilation includes some of the best Goa songs I've heard all year on it. 01. GoaTree - Human Apocalypto is interesting. The hymn and vocals I could have done without, but they're unique, not bad. he drum work in the second third is catchy, and the downtempo-esque work took time to grow on me due to the male vocals. Less is sometimes more, primarily the male hymns from 5:37 to 6:24. I could have done without the repeated population sample. That said, the song from 6:48 to 8:06 is great! Furthermore, the lift off from 8:07 forward is superb. The song surges with energy and excitement. Here is a real finale that's uplifting, optimistic, and paramount in sound. What an unexpected, incredible evolution! I expressed what I felt didn't enhance the music, minus those things a higher score from me. This is a strong track with an awesome finale. B+ 02. Crossing Mind - Virtual Mind Cleaner takes off after a unique buildup. The most impressive thing I find, is the sound usage and variety, how the melodies are combined, crafted, distorted and mixed throughout. Among them are accents, magical touches that are delightful. I can't think of anything the artist could add to improve the song; it's always several steps ahead. I wasn't impressed with Crossing Mind until I heard The Inner Shift album, which to me was an evolution as Filteria's albums became since 2009's Daze of Our Lives. I love the evolution. The selection of sounds here is healthy, the alterations and combinations distinct and vibrant. Virtual Mind Cleaner is beautifully designed and has a magnetic personality. It grows tastier and seemingly more complex. This my FAVORITE track on the compilation, showcasing beautiful talent. Msg to artist: Keep your vibration high and keep on releasing these flying saucers. Amazing work. A 03. Aerosis - Cape Quetzal has a harmonious opening; it's elegant and regal. The first third of the song is novel and distinct, very catchy. The energetic lift-off at around 2:16 is excellent. I love the drum tweaks, the synth work (the part around 2:52 is delicious) and the FX. The first 3-4 minutes of this track are terrific. Somewhere in the fourth minute, at around 4:12 (into the fifth minute) unfortunately, the song begins to grow repetitive. I am less hooked, as if ideas are being recycled with similar sounds and arrangement. Very little takes place that immerses me like the imaginative first third. The fifth minute has some nice effects and enhanced layering. I would have loved to hear a more imaginative and engaging second third. The track gets interesting again in the sixth minute. The interlude's good. The music's return at 6:57 ushers in a new tune along with a rising effect that's great. From 7:11 forward I'm hooked again. But then the arrangement at 7:52 brings the song back to familiar territory; it's less arresting than before. I would have loved if the song's second act topped the first, and the third topped the first two acts as Filteria (and numerous other artists) generally do. This thing could have been amazing, since it takes off like a missile early on. It gets less tight in the second third and then revives nicely with a moment I question. The ambient end touches are nice too and compliment the emotive opening. Msg to Aerosis: You can share your song with me privately, before release and I'll review it for you guys privately, something to consider (PM me). This is a good track IMO with extensions of greatness. I'm between a B / B+ 04 - Celestial Intelligence - Light After Darkness begins attractively with warm ambience, atmosphere. Once the beat kicks in, it just flows! Psy-scapes seamlessly combine with the developing rhythm. The melodies stand out; they're great though they don't stay in my head once the song ends. I love the song's fluidity, the melody/sounds, the evolution in the second act, and the enhanced third act. The song mixes lower with higher pitched sounds well. There is a burst of energy before the seventh minute. It's here that the artist could have taken things further and infected us deeper. Sure there's additional tweaks, but I was more refreshed in act two, the psychedelic bubbling sounds that deliciously infect the synths. The melody at 5:45 is very nice at least, as well as the returning energy around 6:50, and the tune at 8:11. Great track! B+ 05 - Adrenalin Run - Spoiled Brats (Premature Incubation Mix) is high energy. The Eastern introduction is pleasant, evocative. I love when this horse takes off out of the gate around 1:46. What a great sound accompanied with catchy melody work! The synth and drum work (enhancements) in both the fist and second act are great fun! The interlude interlude is nice too. The opportunity is taken advantage of for the music to become catchier, more animated and energetic. It's great. The second act is fluid, exciting, and delectable like the first, no complaints. The second interlude in the fifth minute works too. Any complaints? Well yes, the third act was great until an overly ethnic part decides to off-set the stunning adventure. The track in that regard should have been revised in its last act, or ended around the seventh minute. Once the ethnic segment leaves, the edgier (stronger) rhythm returns with some improvements yet in the final 1-2 minutes. The song becomes fun again, until that is, a trace of that iffy part sabotages the final moments to some degree, at 9:18. Ahhh, get that out of there! Your song is too good to incorporate cheese in the final moments! This was an A- to an A from me, same with the previous track until certain arts arrived that took away from the song's beautiful flow and delicacy. Great track overall. A- 06. Dreamweaver - Penta I could take or leave. I thought this was Penta initially. Are you sure this is a song by Dreamweaver called Penta? I like how it starts out atmospherically. The song feels more Psytrance than Goa though. The synth work and sound FX after the second minute are good. The fairly dark interlude is decent too along with the atmospheric touches, the rhythm at 3:34 forward is nice, and what appears to be a melody around 4:00 (that soon leaves) is very catchy! But they often come and go until the next effect and with few exceptions. What could have been a melody is used more to accent, as an effect. For a psytrance track, it's pretty good, but for a Goa track that not much melody arrangement. A greater sense of evolution would have been nice too, though the song does keep things moving and adding in this and that to the driving feel. But feel; there's little that emotes. I expected more memorable melodies to compliment the sounds, but this will probably sound great on the dance floor. I couldn't help but feel something is missing to make this deeper, more satisfying and enjoyable past being another cool Psytrance track. B- 07. Cosmic Dimension - Alien Civilization starts off well, atmospherically. Layers arrive soon in. However the direction with these layers and structure grow fairly repetitive and somewhat tiresome halfway through. Less scaffolding of melodies and more actual composing would have been nice. Into even the second minute, there's a similar sound that begins to bore/grate on me before 2:52 where things change. There's more sense of arrangement in the third minute. The interlude is catchy, atmospheric. The music's return is decent too. In the second act (beginning around 4:43) however, I find that some of the synth combinations distract from the more prominent, signature lead melodies and complimentary ingredients. At times there's a thick, high pitched sound that's probably an unintentional effect to all of the layering. I enjoy the song less because of this potential anomaly. On the positive, the musical/drum change up and beautifully articulated "skipping" piano(?) sounds in the last act are great! That thick sound is still apparent to some degree unfortunately. But 6:02 forward is gripping. Also attractive is the ambient, atmospheric FX that make their presence known in the final moments. Cool track. Relative to the end sample: "Why don't they land here?" Disclosed is that they crash landed in the US and potentially elsewhere. Highly recommended (besides doing your own research) is the feature documentary on this subject, Out Of The Blue (free to stream on YouTube, UFO may be in the title), and the critically acclaimed book, "The Day After Roswell." The truth is coming out at least, all these decades later, thanks to word-of-mouth, the internet, people talking who've been suppressing this stuff for decades... also read about Hollow Earth.. this stuff will awaken your mind (especially if true!) http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/tierra_hueca/tierrahueca/Chapter2.htm B- <--- don't be offended. It's a pretty good track but nothing super delicious IMO. 08. Trinodia - Psychedelic Sun I like for about 5-10 seconds ~ until that tinny beat arrives. Why is it so tinny? At least it doesn't last long. Once the harder edged kick drum arrives, I'm hooked until 0:55, and it's all down hill from there. For me anyway. The harder edged sounds (darker tone) I find does not combine well with the upbeat Eastern influence approach. If you're going to make it dark, go all out and avoid tinny sounds (like the synth around 4:20). There is some decent braiding of sounds as the song progresses (the artist overlaps the mediocre synth via 0:06 with one more catchy at least, thus masking it to some degree). Nonetheless, a stronger selection of sounds, arrangement, sound usage, mixing, etc., would have been great. The interlude into the forth minute is interesting, and immerses me back in the track. But then an unpleasant synth arrives around 4:10 and pushes me away. It's soon joined with a more attractive layer, but it's all too mixed on the emotions by now, for me anyway. here's even some cool sounds in the final minutes (and seconds!). The voice FX are cool too. I'm just not sure why the artist didn't find tastier sounds before finalizing/releasing this track because some of his elements are catchy. Then others sabotage those elements to some degree I feel. C 09. Magic Science and Imba's Ghost Town is innovative, unique. It is NOT afraid to take risks. The ambient notes emote. The skipping notes add character, albeit a slight haunting one that thankfully doesn't overstay its welcome. The synth work stands out and flows well with the soundscapes. Drum beat alterations are dynamic, and the development/evolution is healthy here with diversity. I love the synth/melody work at 3:40. This is where the song passes good IMO. It refuses to remain redundant. Things remain interesting as if a planet is being created, with many details cohesively collecting simultaneously. This is relative to the growing combination of melody/sound arrangement and the emotive feel. A stronger sense of atmosphere would have been nice. Fortunately, the song keeps things interesting throughout. You can tell that a lot of work was put into the final product. Nice work guys! B+ 10. Omnivox - Inner Polarity in the first third utilizes a rough Eastern-influenced synth that (to me) goes through the motions with little more that supports and enhances it. The track improves after the interlude around 2:40. The second act includes psychedelic sounds, textures; it feels less generic beginning at 2:20. What appears to be an electric guitar enters and the song becomes more dynamic and involving. The middle act here I like; it lasts for a while and I find that the change up in synth work compliments it. So far the songs evolving with a second act much catchier than the first. Now I can only imagine how strong and innovative the final act will be. Unfortunately, the similar in concept ethnic synth returns at 5:20. It's a little different in arrangement, sure, but it brings back the generic going-through-the-motions sound from the first act. The last act to me feels repetitive and uninspired. I would have loved to see the second act grow into something more imaginative. There are some cool ideas here. I just expected more. C+ Favorite tracks - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 B FREE DOWNLOAD : http://www.ektoplazm.com/free-music/future-architecture-2 Samples the FULL ALBUM (not sure why the YouTube playlist is out of order)
  7. The Asura vs. Aes Dana track Ellie is great. I could have done without the chanting though. Some tracks I'm not in love with as usual with comps. Some tracks are just Favorite tracks so far... CD 1 ... 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 CD 2 ... 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 CD 3 ... 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 Stream the FULL ALBUM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zF_B_bZO_Y&list=PLk82AnCYxUsgn3lCJoQcgGahrDJC_NksM
  8. Have any of you guys heard the full album yet? What do you think compared to his previous two Goa releases? For me the album grew over time. There are often occasions (or entire songs) where the artist evolved his style and I like that. I think it's good to innovate and expand one's imagination. While not the most groundbreaking thing since sliced cheese, this album deserves more feedback than its gotten so for. I think it will appeal to many E-Mantra fans.
  9. A triple album with an ambient and remix side?!! What a great idea, strong track list and beautiful art work! A Filteria remix of what is arguably Khetzal's best uptempo track?! Only thing I would have maybe done is slightly lower the kick drum (beat) in Asura Vs. Aes Dana's otherwise awesome sounding track Ellie so that it acclimates better like the others. I just heard the samples here, looking forward to this: https://www.suntriprecords.com/release/cat/SUNCD32/ I thought Johnb820's post was pretty funny too. Some of us will never let it go.
  10. Kasper, what's the status of your electronic music? Do you still produce? Obviously many years have gone by since your Goa compilation-esque album. Can you imagine what you could create today given the time that's gone by? Your work is imaginative, very catchy. I'd love to hear more of your Goatrance and other music you may have produced too. Have you considered speaking with Dreake? Maybe there's a chance hearing one of your new Goa songs on one of their upcoming compilations if you're interested? PS: I love the sound of Sonorush so much that I put part of it in one of my short videos (link below). I wish there was no beat in the intro, it doesn't need it. I also wish that the song developed more. You've created some wonderful work.
  11. Jon Cocco

    RA - Unearthly

    Great album. My friends love Rain No Water despite my nitpick on length (that's quite subjective). It's a beautiful track. This album was overlooked by many in 2012. RA fans, downtempo fans check this out. The album's filled with distinct and creative songs like Rain, No Water, Ascend, Shift, Unearthly, and Celestial Slice that are worth the price of admission alone. The album expands the mythos of RA, of downtempo and electronic music -- incorporating ambient, atmosphere, and even touches of Goa. While not every song is a gem to my ears, the overall album is I think. BUY LINKS: Altar Records: http://www.altar-records.com/ra.html Psyshop: http://www.psyshop.com/shop/CDs/alr/alr1cd031.html Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ra+unearthly
  12. While I understand the point of showcasing already released (to album) tracks on a compilation, I greatly prefer listening to compilations with all new songs, as opposed to ones taken from albums I already own. The latter diminishes any chance of me buying the compilation. Newer compilations that I prefer in that regards include: - Temple of Chaos (Suntrip Records) - People Walk Funny (Cronomi Records)
  13. According to Discogs this came out in 1995 http://www.discogs.com/Various-Distance-To-Goa-1/release/37728 I like compilations where all of the songs are new and haven't been taken from albums I already own. Either way I haven't heard these songs before. The Total Eclipse tracks are really good, especially Far Beyond Speech (!!!) which is superb IMO. Everyone has their favorites though. Favorite tracks: 1, 4, 10
  14. What? I didn't know they released anything since 2004's That Much Closer To The Sun I just found a new 2013 Abakus album called Silent Geometry, really good below. Google also brought me here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc7vDtQ8Qso
  15. - Pleiadians: I.F.O. - Hallucinogen: Twisted - Etnica: Live In Athens 1996 - Filteria: Daze Of Our Lives - Hallucinogen: The Lone Deranger
  16. I listened to the full album for the first time ever today. Unstable is a very distinct, rough and melodic Goa album. It's interesting, different. There's some great creativity here. Some tracks however utilize similar sounds and stand out less in that regard. Tracks that got my attention (and hooked me) the most: 1, 4, 6, 9 Everyone has opinions which is good. Unstable (self titled track) is intense, strong and climactic. I don't find it THAT dark though, but that's me. I think some of you heard it on mushrooms or whatever (probably more the whatever) and the song left an imprint on your consciousness. Regarding The Zinc-Plated Goddess that's been discussed. I though that the last (mid-tempo) track kicked ass. For those who haven't heard it, YouTube is your friend
  17. I wouldn't limit Best Goa albums to three. The 5 below I'd give a solid A to. Some of the best Goa is reflected in certain songs on other albums. Just listen to N.D.M.A.'s Vitan track, and there are countless others by different artists. The best groups that influenced Goa include and are not limited to: Astral Projection, Battle of the Future Buddhas, Chi-A.D. Cosmosis, Dimension 5, Doof, Electric Universe, Green Nuns of the Revolution, Infected Mushroom, Jaia, Juno Reactor (not pure Goa), Khetzal, Man With No Name, MFG, Miranda, RA, Sandman, Tandu, The Infinity Project, Transwave, UX, X-Dream. - Pleiadians: I.F.O. - Hallucinogen: Twisted - Etnica: Live In Athens 1996 - Filteria: Daze Of Our Lives - Hallucinogen: The Lone Deranger
  18. I've heard of Deviant Electronic's name, but I don't recall their music. I like when old school artists re-release and remaster solid songs from their era that were unreleased or rarely known before. It's nostalgic and often very appreciative and enjoyable. This was especially the case on last year's Dimension 5 albums. Listening to the samples now. They're catchy.
  19. Jon Cocco

    Pleiadians - IFO

    ROFLMFAO!!!! Oh please (laughing), make it stop. I can't take it. My heart! I need to breath. - That was my reaction 5-10 years ago. UX's Ultimate Experience is an awesome album. You gotta love opinions. We all have them, different tastes. Many love this album. Some don't and I accept that. Some find this album boring and I accept that; I don't agree but I accept that. I used to argue opinions and now I realize doing so, such behavior is pointless, primarily when it comes to something so personal as music, films, etc. Let light in and evolve. As one grows consciously, they expand consciously; they enjoy and appreciate certain things (and occurrences) more than ever before. Just enjoy life! No need to judge or name call. We can solve many of Earths issues with positive thinking, knowledge, love, intuition, truth, and by sharing ideas for positive change. Just like we raise awareness on these threads for great releases. Focus on the positive!
  20. I was listening to the 2012's #1 uptempo winner, Etnica: Live In Athens 1996 (I couldn't agree more), and reading the reviews that mention Carlo and Maurizio. In the group, there were: Andrea Rizzo, Carlo Paternò, Maurizio Begotti, Max Lanfranconi. Can someone please reach out to these guys and put the idea out there for them to make a new GOA album?, whoever was most responsible for I.F.O. ? As opposed to the 2006's 7even Sister7 -- that album used Pleiadian's name to make money off a full on release. 7even Sister7 offered nothing innovative or new, and borrowed heavily off the previous album/song associations to lure older fans into buying it. For example, the album is called 7even Sister7 and has song titles such as Vimana 2 and Starbase 11. Still for a full on album, I liked it to some degree, especially the less I focused on the fact that old-school Pleiadians had anything to do with it. Pleiadians: 7even Sister7 - 2006 Review Thread http://www.psynews.org/forums/index.php/topic/43760-pleiadians-7even-sister7/ Etnica: Live In Athens 1996 - 2012 Review Thread http://www.psynews.org/forums/index.php/topic/65428-etnica-live-in-athens-1996/ I realize it's been 15-20 years since I.F.O., and so what? These guys are aware of how many fans they have. They have a wonderful gift, a beautiful talent and passion. They elevated an entire genre [under THREE artist names] and produced some of the finest songs in electronic music. It's almost criminal to see such talent be ignored. They could be making a new masterpiece album once every 5 years (around the less innovative ones that the current Etnica duo do) and have DAT Records release it. Psy/Goa-Trance has been alive and healthy for over ten years. I'd love to hear a new masterpiece from whoever or however many of the original four were responsible for I.F.O. The possibilites are limiteless. They could potentially re-revolutionize electronic music all over again (who has ever done that?!) and raise the bar on I.F.O. since it's been 15 years. 15 years of reflection, self-growth, knowledge, awareness. I feel like money may have been an issue back then considering GOA wasn't as mainstream popular via sales. So they (or some of them) found other, more financially stable careers (a guess), or produced less imaginative and complex music for the masses, general dance scene. BTW I'm not saying to relive the past. I'm just exercising the idea of a real Goatrance album for our time now, that is, if the heart is there. If not, forget it. Listening to Etnica: Live In Athens 1996 inspired these thoughts. That's all. Their main discogs page: were http://www.discogs.com/Pleiadians-IFO-Identified-Flying-Object/release/143500 And for the record (regardless of whether we never hear IFO level goa from them again or not), Etnica: Live In Athens 1996 that Dreake A.K.A. Dat Records released in 2012 is an amazing A album. Holy shit what a classic. It's full of previously unreleased diamonds and gems (from 96-98) that I never heard before its release in 2012.
  21. Don't judge a book by its cover. I can look past forgettable album covers. That's not why I listen to music. I am also a fan of the first album, Spiritual Healing. Unfortunately, I lost nearly all interest after his second album, YOU. I paid around $20 for it, and wish I didn't buy it because around the solid music, the did not like how turned up the hard beat was. It killed the album for me. That appears to be the case on this third album. Whereas many electronic artist albums balance out the sounds with the beat so that the music is more immersive (See Tim Schult's mastering which many consider great), Muses Rapt's audibly higher and repetitive beat (albums 2+3) take away from the music, some of which is beautiful and filled with heart and emotion. The music is too poignant for the decibel level of the beat IMO. How hard is it to go back and adjust the beat so it's not over-empowering to the point it's distracting and takes way from the music? This is a production issue that is easily fixable! To Manuser - I listened to Human in its entirety. It's a solid track, I agree. I simply wish that the beat was roughly 12-15% lower in volume. Some complained about this on the second album, while others didn't. This third album at least seems better than the second one, musically. Juan Fernández is too talented to keep sabotaging such a good thing. I do hope that he takes feedback constructively and seriously. His first album was very well done and showcased some wonderful work.
  22. Cybernetika: The Scythe Of Orion Ektoplazm Records 2010 1. Lost Technology 2. Impossible Mirage 3. Tyrannis 4. Transmitter 5. Cryostasis 6. Molecular Probe 7. Calling Mercurio The Scythe Of Orion is superb thanks to its visionary approach that includes strong atmosphere, sci-fi/space, cyber, technology and more! The sub-genre crossovers are fantastic on this album. 1. Lost Technology begins dark, setting precedent for the rest of the album. There is a sample from Dark City early on. Then the atmosphere grows thick. Soon after, a bass line arrives that adds to the darker feel. The synth work is intriguing. A lead enters around 3:00; others soon join the voyage. There is even an opera tune in the fifth and sixth minute, before the interlude. This is just one example of the innovative aspects of this song. The interlude is interesting (without spoiling) and the returning music is powerful and chilling. The ending especially strengthens the mood and is cinematic. This is an epic song in the sense it's 13:56. I'd say that's pretty epic as opposed to using the word synonymous for excellence (it's that too). I love that the artist takes risks and the imagination, in addition to having awareness for what works and is engaging. In doing so, he seems content on pushing the limits, increasing what's possible with the track. The results are fantastic. Finally a talented artist with balls. Lost Technology is a superb track, and you haven't even heard the best on this album yet. A 2. Impossible Mirage has less varity than the opening, however it develops nicely and grows with strength and intelligence. The metallic synth effects are great along with the atmosphere. The dark driving force is relentless and filled with creative soundscapes. But it's the transition around 5:35 into the final third that really stands out. The combination of melodies feel present with the worldy atmosphere they inhabit, and grow catchier as they progress. The song evolves further at 7:15. Synth sound effects are utilized in a way, that they sound like a spinning blade skimming across pieces of wood. This approach is used as a synth lead in a sense, and enhances the feel of the song. The concept reminds me of the metallic synths on Toi Doi's Technologic to some degree too. Only here it's quite different. The artist's song isn't repetitive (one of my issues with Technologic at times), but remains interesting and edgy throughout. The song is like a quick character who doesn't seem to possess many abilities. But by the end of his training, he returns with all types of sweet weapons and powers that add to what he's capable of. Excellent track. A- 3. Tyrannis along with the others, begins with character, mood and tone. This was more present on Lost Technology due to its intro having more ideas and development. I love the more higher octane feel of this song. It's very animated, versatile and dynamic! These are reasons why I love Goa-Trance (songs evolve). This artist has crossed over some of the best ideas from Goa-Trance while implementing many of his own into a Psy-Trance friendly world as if both have become one. At 3:14, one of the catchiest leading synths arrives. This thing (catchy/intensity wise, not similar sounding) is like something out of Tandu - Multimoods! The second supporting (gothic choir-esque) element that falls in is terrific, as well as an effect that soon follows. The song is fantastic, and we're not even halfway though it. After the interlude, the energy grows more dynamic, rich and immersive with details. In addition, the blazing lead returns! Everything flowing together sounds enormously catchy, and the intense edge adds excitement! The final minutes have a cinematic feel while never sounding presumptuous or too soundtrack-y either. I love the last several minutes of this song, and I love that I was so impressed with this song before then, that the artist took things even further when I was already enamored. I feel like this music was made for my ears, our ears. It's very special. This track is, perfect to me. I enjoy listening to it so much. Well done! A 4. Transmitter has a less evocative introduction as Impossible Mirage did. The introduction is interesting and atmospheric, and develops nicely. Hints of beauty arrive early, and then exit for a strong bass line that invites beautiful ambient and sparkling melodies at around 3:00. The song continues to grow in beauty, even as grittier synth work and textures arrive until the harmonious sounds like stars shimmering are pushed out. There is a really nice interlude at 4:44, and the melodic rhythm returns, both evolved and just as gripping at 6:00. The echoes of the melodies fade out as the atmosphere becomes more present. The song is like a fantasy romance between stars co-existing in a massive dimension of cosmic darkness and allure. The artist did a great job showcasing emotion, harmony and intrigue while not letting go of his fantasy/dark element but raising the bar on fantasy. I love the melodies in this song, though they could have been developed in their arrangement a bit more, possibly towards the last third which isn't as taking it further (spectacular) as some of the other tracks. Nonetheless, there is improvement in the last few minutes. I'm impressed with how the artist approached and combined elements of light with dark. Transmitter adds another well developed, mature and characteristic jewel on the album. It's excellent. A- 5. Cryostasis creates its tone within seconds. This song is radically different from the others, due to altered tempo and approach with the drum beat. A quarter from the second minute sees melodies and the inclusion of atmosphere that feels story driven and fairly cinematic. I like when the beat and music grows catchier at 2:36. The industrial/metal effects compliment them, and at around 3:30 there's an unique interlude as if the synth is being diced with tasty arrangement. The (from 3:30 to 4:46) isn't that great however. I enjoyed the song more before it. Fortunately, when the beat returns at 4:47, the music varies up; it's solid as new ideas are executed. But then at 5:49 to 6:15, again I begin to waiver as a synth appears to be going through the motions. The next sentence of ideas is gripping! Key changes shift the music back into having a more provocative, storytelling feel. The beat switches up at around the seventh minute and the song continues to lead strong as it grows more psychedelic into the eighth minute. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a whole lot that really compliments the track by this point, and 8:26, the added sounds fail to capture my attention. I feel that the song used up its best ideas earlier on (seventh minute). Overall I think this is a very good track. It's just nothing terrific as a whole and could have benefited from some tightening and tweaking, maybe trimming off a minute or two and touching up some moments throughout. B+ 6. Molecular Probe begins with chilling, haunting atmosphere. The ambient adds to the feel, as if we're in a cemetary filled with fog, ghosts and the dead, or entering a planet filled with intoxicating, dark spiritual and mystical energy. This track, for me eat least, is the last enormously satisfying number on the album. That;s not to say that the final number isn't powerful, great either It's just less infectious to me; I love the animated, Goa-influenced elements on this song. I love the sound of alarm or concern at 2:31, the muddled voices as if someone is trying to communciate from another dimension. Tasty synths move across the senses as the song continuously develops. Impressive is how they fluidly merge into the energetic pool of sounds via 3:25, producing an emotive and arresting sound. Suddenly, an magnetic lead enters and enhances the song further. Also worth noting is the dark atmosphere, the melody heavy and psychedelic approaches on both this song and album. The previous track chilled a bit in the melody department, and could have been catchier at times, and towards the end. Molecular Probe on the other hand is very imaginative and almost indescribable at times. There's not a moment where I'm not engaged. Another strength is at 7:06, the shuffling sounds. This ingredient is very catchy, distinct; it add to the song. Furthermore, the artist brings back the storytelling, melody driven leads and evocative feel from earlier on. All of these elements are about to have an orgy until an interlude jumps in, shortly past the eighth minute. It's risky that the artist did this, but the maneuver heightens suspense. I don't want to spoil everything but what takes place at 9:25 is what I imagined. I couldn't be happier. The culmination of everything climaxing together is infectious. From one synth lead to the next; this all happens with key changes, a terrific bass line, evocative soundscape textures and more. There's even piano in the last two minutes! The piano to me isn't as necessary but damn it, it works just fine. This is one of the best songs I've heard. Is it possible for a sequel to this album I wonder? Amazing work. Superb track! A 7. Calling Mercurio is massive, dark and dense. The mid-tempo number is loaded with think soundscapes, a powerful bass line, and sounds, atmosphere thick to the point it would block out the sun if this wasn't comprised of sound waves. But it sounds like so much more than mere sounds, as if a world has been created. I have so many visuals while hearing these songs. As the vehicle pushes onward, a female voice sample emerges, followed by a dynamic drum shift and accent. The synth work is trippy, innovative and animated, yet the heaviness of the song is so successfully crafted that it influences everything in it. I'm not sure how the artist makes his synths sound so distinct from anything I've heard. Here the work is exceptionally different, alien and gripping. The ambient notes add to the evocative feel as the structure approaches an atmospheric wall. The middle section is interesting, suspenseful. As opposed to this thing ending at 7:30 (I'm glad it didn't), it moves further like an impregnable machine; its design grows more elaborate and vivid. After another voice sample, the ambient melody and its supporting sounds shift within the vast and isolated darkness. The atmosphere pulls in at around 7:45, and releases an altered beat with a sinister combination of delectable synth work. Additionally, the artist tweaks and enhances this beast in its final two minutes. This is a wildly creative and monstrous track that concludes this epic voyage with storytelling arc and substance. There is a cold and lifeless feel to this otherwise animated, immersive track, as influenced by the artist whose approach I find less enjoyable and exciting than some of the other songs here. But I'm impressed with this track; it enhances the album and doesn't care what you think. Like it or not, this song you won't be forgetting anytime soon. A The Scythe of Orion is one of the best albums I have ever heard. I feel like this album was made for my ears and I'm sure many of you feel the same. The album's imaginative, ambitious, atmospheric(!) and dark(!), incredibly catchy and intriguing(!). Furthermore, it breaks new ground and the attention to detail is marvelous. Few albums are this immersive and visionary. I feel like a little kid at times listening to this, jumping up and down inside at how happy and satisfied I am with the songs. Few albums or artists for that matter take so many risks while getting so much right. I feel like a huge amount of time, passion and energy went into producing this album. Scythe… is dark and vast, and yet it has heart and spirit, suspense and vision! The album feels cinematic at times while never sounding soundtrack-y, as Juno Reactor's Labyrinth album was (for many) at times. The level of accomplishment here deserves to be praised, I feel and appreciated. I'm very impressed with this artist's work, and his work in general (but this is my favorite of all his 8 or so free album releases). He is incredibly talented. Well done!, and thank you for producing this superb work of craftsmanship. Favourite tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 A- Download for FREE here, from the artist and Ektoplazm. http://www.ektoplazm.com/free-music/cybernetika-the-scythe-of-orion To the artist: How do you feel about the idea of a sequel to this? I'm just putting the idea out there because I enjoy this albums so much. Only if you have the interest, passion and vision for 7 more worlds. If not, forget it.
  23. Hybrid Presents Y4K is one of, if not my favourite electronic (uptempo) compilation that is not psy/goa or downtempo oriented. It is that good IMO for those into driving (occasionally dark but not always) electronic music with progressive influence, breaks (breakbeats) and some infectious tunes. I first heard it in 2004. According to reviews on Amazon, this is not even close to their best work. Remember that Psytrance-influenced electronic song from the kickass film Man on Fire that we were all trying to pinpoint many years back? It's on here too! Stream it FREE here. It's the one that says 13 Videos in the top-right video box on Youtube here (third one down on my browser): http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hybrid%20presents%20y4k&sm=3 Discogs http://www.discogs.com/Hybrid-Hybrid-Present-Y4K/release/326752 Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Y4k-Hybrid/dp/B0002IQJ50/ref=tmm_acd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1391897841&sr=8-1 Track list: Hybrid – "The Drop (Man on Fire Edit)" – 1:42 Forme – "Let It All Out (Tigerstyle)" – 7:01 Dylan Rhymes – "The Way (Evil 9 Mix)" – 6:17 Hi-Fi Bugs – "The Knife Drawer (Ryeland Allison Edit)" – 7:45 Easy B. – "Found The Gonzo" – 4:50 Future Sound Of London – "My Kingdom (Part 4)" – 4:10 Hybrid – "In Good We Trust (Soundtrack Edit)" – 2:10 Gus Gus – "David (Luke Chable Mix)" – 5:30 Nectarios – "Phoenix (Vigi & Nectarios Mix)" – 6:47 Lee Burridge & Andy Page – "Why Are All The Pretty Ones Insane?" – 1:59 Chemical Brothers – "Chemical Beats" – 3:23 Orbital Feat. Lisa Gerrard – "One Perfect Sunrise (Stereo 8 Mix)" – 6:39 Hybrid Feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw – "Blackout (Hybrid Y4K Edit)" – 9:46 Buy it. Download it. Stream it free.
  24. E-Mantra - Nemesis Suntrip Records, 2014 Goatrance 1. The Entity 2. Wrath of the Nomads (Rmx) 3. Fall of Icarus 4. Gebeleizis 5. Xibalba 6. Ayahuasca 7. Mission Aborted 8. Orphic Hymn 9. Shae Nab E-Mantra is Emmanuel Carpus. His Goa debut, Arcana (2009) was praised for immersing listeners with strong atmosphere, soundscape textures, and dynamic (tweaked tempo) transitions, one of which is the coolest enhancement that I have heard in electronica music to this day. Although I found that Arcana lacked memorable melody leads, I can't deny its innovation. The exploratory element was great and Dansul lelelor proved that the artist could create memorable leads in addition to the atmosphere and everything else. Pathfinder (2011) incorporated some catchy synth leads, but lacked the absorbing soundscape textures to the degree of Arcana. Pathfinder had some great tracks, elements, and moments nonetheless. It was more melodic, and yet less immersive soundscape wise and atmospherically. Some liked it more than Arcana and vice-versa. Anyway , three years went by and Emmanuel's tracks continued to impress on Psy/Goa and Psyambient/Chill albums until the next massive Goa creature arrived. This brings us to Nemesis (2014). Every E-Mantra album to date has had a bit of a learning curve for me. Emmanuel's style is very distinct and complex, and at times overwhelmingly creative. Good news is that Nemesis is more ambitious, imaginative, and atmospheric than Pathfinder. It also has more of what many liked about Arcana, the soundscape textures (exploratory element). I'd love to hear an all ambient/chill album by this artist in the future too. But moving on to Nemesis... 1. The Entity is the best opening [goa trance] track by E-Mantra to date. It has a fantasy edge that I miss (since the old-school days of Chi-A.D.) coupled with immersive atmosphere, strong synth work, a driving beat and bass line, tasty soundscapes textures, and some great synths. This song is like moving through a galaxy of space candy. I love the female voice sample, even if I miss what she's saying half the time. Her "sound" alone enhances the track. Oh, and when I bitch about there not being enough memorable melodies in E-Mantra's first two albums, just wait until you hear the one at 6:44. It's very catchy! I really like the return of the strong bass line at 4:05, the atmosphere and melody/sound (synth) work. The echoed, female effects are nice too! My ONLY gripe is that after the beat drops out (which switches up the sound a bit), I am less gripped. From around 5:30 to 6:39 the song begins to feel repetitive. Fortunately, the melody at 6:39 leads to ear candy at 6:44 that elevates the song. Very little here could have been perfected (to me) for a nearly perfect score, as the artist did a great job overall. The Entity is excellent, one of E-Mantra's most solid tracks to date. A- 2. Wrath of the Nomads (Rmx) I find less dynamic and varied than the opening. The song moves in one general direction, but it has a strong beat and base line. The synth lead stands out among the heavy backdrop, and is accompanied by soundscapes/textures, as is E-Mantra's more typical style and approach. To be honest, I was a little disappointed here, primarily in the first half. The song starts strong with a solid synth but grows repetitive and predictable by the third and fourth minute. Fortunately, there's an interlude/ around halfway through. The beat and music return at 5:10 where the song grows noticeably catchier. The beat is accompanied with more engaging sound work. Better late than never I suppose. Simply put, the song could have trimmed a minute or two earlier on, or involved more enjoyable work in the first half which would have made it more enjoyable. This is a solid track that starts slow and rewards listeners in the second half. B 3. Fall of Icarus I find more interesting than the previous song which showcased a more typical E-Mantra sound. Earlier on I'm grabbed by the atmosphere here. The bass line that enters at 0:55 captures the driving, dark tone; it's good. Gradually details are added. There are many layers here; I just wish that the melodies hooked me more, as with E-Mantra's work there is sometimes more higher pitched synth streams rather than stand out Goa tunes. Having said that, the song innovates. It's like a fluid storm of debris shrouded in lightning and space snapping rattle snakes that sneak up and surprise. The more times I listened to this track, the more I found regarding the complexity and cohesiveness of it all. It gets catchier as it progresses naturally, and showcases some really good sound work in the second half that compliments the first. Having said that, more memorable melody work would have been nice. Good if not great song. B+ 4. Gebeleizis begins like a computer spazzing out, printing up algorithms left and right without rhythm or reason, but in a psychedelic space sense; this is no computer or printer. The curious introduction slams the senses with an impact effect, or echoed beat and synth at 0:26. This moment is brief, but powerful and gripping. It also introduces the first wave of energy/synth work to power the starship. There is an interlude midway that reminds me of stars blinking out in the night sky. It's immersive and intriguing. Then a new crescendo of sound arrives, comprised of atmosphere, soundscape textures, and a delectable combination of synth melodies. The song evolves into combining the powerful effects with actual melodies that have harmony and feeling. I simply find that the last 1-2 minutes, while very nice, could have incorporated more development to increase the songs greatness in the end. An artist that applies this concept well is Cybernetika relative to his general tracks (1, 3, 6, 7) in the atmospheric and also dark album, The Scythe of Orion. Gebeleizis is a super song that has a soft ending that makes me go between a solid A and minus. The song is possibly deserving of a higher score. It's fantastic. A- 5. Xibalba begins less chaotically than the previous track, with good atmosphere and an effective, lower-pitched bass line. The bass line adds to the darker tone and is very effective, primarily when combined with other sounds that go into effect at 1:58. The more versatile "synths" are deliciously braided. There is a drum roll that leads into a highly effective third minute, coupled with a strong lead and otherworldly textures. At around 4:00, an echoed synth enters; this is the sound that I like from War of the Hierophant's track interlude from Arcana, as well as the Metamorphic Resonance track (last third) from Pathfinder. Here it's used more as a pitch bending accent rather than a visceral synth melody lead. Nevertheless, it's catchy and compliments the track; it's just not as infectious as how it was utilized before. No worries. It works well with the core rhythm. The beat briefly disappears at 5:12, and returns with the driving feel and even tastier melody/sound work at 5:25. It's also enhanced by the accent effects that appear like space insects flying by the voyager. All of this takes place with great synth work. An ambient segment enters around 7:15, and adds to the song's mood; it could be perceived as a sense of urgency or consequence. This part of the song sounds serious, evocative. It's interesting and adds character and feel to this intergalactic album. The song isn't as eventful as some of the others, but I like it this way. Xibalba is imaginative and captures my attention from start to finish. Well done! A- 6. Ayahuasca is the next track that I warmed up to the most, along with The Entity and Gabeleizis. ​This is because of the melody approach. The synth work emotes with the overall exciting feel. Instead of one synth, the artist somehow incorporated three or four, maybe five. The work sounds so layered and complex. It grows stronger, catchier as it progresses. The part around 4:20 forward has an amazing, climactic feel. It showcases what is quite possibly the artist's best melody synth (leading) work to date. I am very impressed with this part and how it fits into the context of the whole. I love it. The last third (or rather act) includes a very nice melody lead that blossoms around 6:16. It's unpredictable and uplifting! I love how the artist realizes that complexity alone does not necessarily make a song good. Ayahuasca showcases fantastic sound/melody work by the artist, who raises the bar on how uplifting and catchy his Goa songs can be! Part of me feels that the song could have gone even further or higher into heavenly bliss (ascension) in its final moments, but I really like the last few minutes. The song closes strong and knows when to end. Ayahuasca is one of the finest tracks in electronica! It's beautiful, unique, and innovative. The song has feeling too. It's excellent. A 7. Mission Aborted begins dark, as if abandoned or alone, though the samples off-set this thought. What stands out to me the most here are the astronaut's voice. They're catchy as they echo across the music. The first third keeps the tone and driving (under-current) dark. The synths sound mechanical and grows catchier in the second act. I like how the artist supports these darker elements, and the ambient/atmospheric layer later on. These examples show how well the artist puts sounds together, however I wasn't that arrested with the overall song. The astronaut voice samples add character and I like that. However the synth work, while catchy, never stayed in my head. There's no tune that grabbed me, no climactic elements either and that's okay. The second half is quite nice I admit. I simply never felt completely immersed or addicted, and the ending isn't really exciting. Having said that, the overall song is very well structured; it builds nicely and has some interesting elements, solid synth work. It's also dark and moody (though I found Xibalba catchier in that regard). The astronaut samples compliment Mission Aborted in that they're catchy. I just wanted to feel more involved and hooked with the overall song after finding the previous three so exceptional in comparison. That said, this is a very good track that seems to separate two more ambitious and delectable ones. B+ 8. Orphic Hymn is another one of my favorites along with tracks 1, 4, (now 5) and 6. The introduction is solid, and the beat/effect at 2:15 is wonderful. I love the humming ambient, and the synth work that enters at 2:33 is so ridiculously catchy. OMG I love it. Then there's the third minute where this infectious sound combines with others that sound as delicious with it. The third minute involves one of the catchiest segments in goa trance. After this phenomenal part, the beat leaves at 3:46 for an interlude (transition). This provides the opportunity to change up a few things and refresh the song. The returning music at 4:14 is nice. The atmosphere's enhances it. The melodies become brighter at 4:35 and I think it's good add light to the darkness. The second half of this song is attractive, don't get me wrong. I simply wish it was as infectious in the uplifting, positive and harmonious sense, as I love the idea. The melody/sound work is catchy. I just find them less captivating than the edgier work beforehand, which I found stunning. The song could have benefited from having a tastier final uplifting act in that regard, as it goes from darkly superb to beautiful good, in my opinion. Take Astral Projection's Liquid Sun, Radical Distortion's Star Dance, Goasia's Sunrise - ok those were morning Goa sunrise songs throughout and this isn't I realize (but for uplifting tracks that really impressed). Orphic Hymn does darker, edgier best and should have stayed that way with more development in the last third I feel. Or the brighter evolution could have used more work to make it more spectacular, just my two cents. I was so enamored by this song's first half and wanted to give it a solid A. Maybe a remix will get away with this. Orphic Hymn is another great track that showcases some amazing work. A- 9. Shae Nab, unlike the last two tracks previous E-Mantra albums is far from slow. Is slow uptempo an oxymoron? Regardless, the tempo is good. This final track has a smooth and fluid feel, with seamless melody/sound formations that develop in some subtle ways. The synth work is very good. I especially like the skipping synth that comes and goes. Shae Nab isn't very eventful (that's not the point), but rather one continuous movement; the song flows like water. This flow of energy concept ? track reminds of a little of Khetzal's opening on Corolle; this is completely different in sound and approach of course. A really nice melody enters around 5:00, and a more gripping (to me) one at 5:50. After the third or so interlude, the rhythm returns with even greater sound, deepening the hypnotic vibe. The ambient notes in the last minute are beautiful. It would have been nice if such feelings of euphoria were more present earlier on. The ambient notes add so much feeling and harmony; by the time they arrive, the song has almost finished. Nonetheless, the artist's blending of sounds here produce an old-school, goa sound that some will love. Shae Nab is a beautiful work of art. Its gentle approach may not stand out initially, as much as some of the other songs. This is a solid closing track that could have had more personality. It flows beautifully nonetheless. A- In conclusion, Nemesis is a strong album. If you're an E-Mantra fan, I think you'll be impressed, as I can be critical and pin point or over analyze even the smallest things at times. Every E-Mantra album I've heard to date has been impressive including his chill ones via Hermit Sanctuary (2013). The artist continues to improve and "perfect" his style on Nemesis and it shows. The album is dark and visceral, often immersive and at times magical. This album impressed me when I least expected, but it also took time to grow as Arcana did. I really like the power, rhythm and synth work of The Entity in combination with its fantasy elements. I was also impressed with Gebeleizis, Xibalba, and Ayahuasca for their strong synth work, arrangement, and sound formations. Orphic Hymn has an incredibly catchy first half (until 4:39 for me); the rest is pretty good, just not as addictive. Shae Nab is a pleasant closing track with an old-school feel. With the overall album, I enjoy the atmosphere, soundscape textures, and (being a huge melody fan) improvement in the synth department, though greater emphasis on tunes that get stuck in your head would be nice. There's a lot to explore thanks to the artist's attention to detail and interest in creating depth. The lower-pitched bass lines work well too, adding to the dark feel of the album. Constructive Criticism / Feedback 1.) Some of the melodies could have more development of arrangement. For this reason, I find Filteria's albums (DoOL and LitW) easier to get into. Emmanuel tends to scaffold his melodies more with trills on notes, whereas many Goa artists compose more arrangement. 2.) Sometimes this artist has something so perfect going, only to incorporate a last third that isn't as infectious (track 4, 8). I love songs that get catchier as they progress! 3.) I would love to hear more sleek interludes like the one in Arcana's War of The Hierophants track, from 3:58 to 4:50. Such work was wickedly catchy and sleek. The ones here are solid nonetheless. End of Feedback There are things about the other albums that make them special I realize. I have warmed up to Nemesis slower than Pathfinder, but faster than Arcana. This is probably due to Nemesis having more depth and exploratory elements/details over Pathfinder. Sure Arcana had some fantastic elements (atmosphere, textures). Pathfinder had the melodies (synth leads) that stood out where the debut was lacking. Nemesis is more refined, involved and deep; the synth work and melodies are catchier too. Thanks to numerous improvements, I think many listeners will consider Nemesis to be the artist's best [goa trance] album yet, but it took time to time for me to assimilate to this album for some reason. Not since moments in Arcana have I been so impressed with an E-Mantra album in the psy/goa genre (I also recommend E-Mantra's Hermit Sanctuary album for psyambient/downbeat). Nemesis puts the listener back in a voyage through intergalacitic space travel, atmospheric elements and exploratory psychedelia. It's a lot to process. A lot takes place, and while I personally favor certain styles of Goa over E-Mantra's (normal considering we all have our preferences), Nemesis was well worth the wait. Favourite tracks: 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 A- Samples / Order Suntrip http://www.suntriprecords.com/release/cat/SUNCD31/ Suntrip Bandcamp http://suntriprecords.bandcamp.com Psyshop http://www.psyshop.com/shop/CDs/sut/sut1cd031.html Beatspace http://www.beatspace.com/7916/Suntrip+Records/E-MANTRA/Nemesis/detail.aspx Goastore http://www.goastore.ch/e-mantra-nemesis.html Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Nemesis-E-Mantra/dp/B00HW1FEQA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391013235&sr=8-1&keywords=E-Mantra+Nemesis
  25. Great artist but I could never get into this one when it first came out. I found that the drum and bass distracts from the immersive feel, synth work, and atmosphere of the tracks. I thought The Scythe of Orion was great (still do) and hope that he makes another album more in that direction, without the drum and bass. A down/mid-tempo album in that sense could be very immersive and interesting. I would love to hear one if/when the artist gets inspired some day? Hearing Colossus again after several years, I like it more, especially the work around the drum and bass influence. I was simply never a d&b fan. It's nothing against the album. I find that the song's introductions, synth melody/sound, atmosphere, sound effect elements, and ambient (that creates moods and emotions!) influence very engaging, powerful at times, and interesting even with the d&b present. This is a new revelation for me. Anomaly however, has such strong d&b sound over the other influence that I find it less enjoyable. Some people do like d&b though and will like/love this album, and I give the artist credit for experimenting and churning something with solid results relative to incorporating even one of my least favorite sub-genre's of electronic music. To the artist: Have you ever thought of approaching record labels? You're one of the most underrated artists on the planet. It's almost hard to believe that someone would give out so much great music for free but that's the way the world can be, where we're all contributing our gifts, our passions, talents and abilities to improve and open up the world we live in without compensational dependency on money. I'm just curious why you choose to release your music for free, but am grateful and appreciative of your decision to do so regardless. I'm curious to hear a down/mid-tempo album in his (the sound more of us are familiar with) via sci-fi, moody, atmospheric, psy/space trance-esque piano/industrial (whatever else, vast) style. Similar to the tempo of Distant Systems "Spiral Empire" album for instance, but in Cybernetic's vision and sound. I'm just putting the idea out three. I was just listening to Forged For Battle and really impressed with the feelings and moods that this artist creates. I find that song so immersive that for a while I wasn't even bothered by the d&b element.
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