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  1. Mantis - The Mother Hive was a terrific track but it disappeared from Youtube... however Mantis released a full album in 2015 that went unnoticed! All tracks produced between 1997 and 1999 https://mantis98.bandcamp.com/album/innerverse
  2. Iboga Records 1. Intro 1:46 2. Ice Age 6:02 3. Reefer Royal 7:04 4. My Mood 6:13 5. City Crush 6:51 6. Almost Gone (Grand Avenue Remix) 6:32 7. Deep Fry 6:01 8. Circus Electro 4:34 9. Congasm (co-producer: DJ Emok) 6:52 10. Out Of Bounds 7:24 11. Shining Star (vocals: Paula Befrits) 7:06 Third and last album (to date) produced by Danish artists Reefer Decree, prolific in the early to mid 2000s with their very recognizable progressive sound. The classic Refeer Decree bassline is (almost) gone this time, and the style has evolved very noticeably: much less minimal, much more melodic and it even sounds more commercial with the electro and house elements thrown into the cooker. The highlights for me are tracks #2, #4, #8, #9 and #11. These tracks had everything to be classics: a real identity with memorable sequences and a very friendly, warm melodic framework. "My mood" in particular is my type of stuff: it starts rather cheesy but later switches to a very comfortable and melodic progressive track. All the tracks selected above contain something special, and this time even the downtempo track to finish the album is mindblowing. The whole release is very easy to listen, very groovy and relaxing at the same time. This is good time progressive trance, focused on groove and creativity. I can safely say this is underrated considering the few number of people who rated it on Discogs, yet I find this album different and memorable. Rating: 8/10. Listen / buy: https://iboga-beatspace.bandcamp.com/album/reefer-decree-out-of-bounds-iboga-records Youtube link:
  3. Was also thinking about Life on Mars, the original and SFX remix. Honorable mentions: Andromeda, 12,000 suns.
  4. A bit on the tech trance side but still progressive, Hedustma - Forms 03 released in 2019 https://www.psynews.org/forums/topic/75485-hedustma-forms-03/
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    Parasense - Avangaro

    Not a very accessible album, there were times this album used to bore me a lot. There were times I also managed to enjoy it. Now I am not sure but I do think it did not age very well. The basslines are hard, alas I don't find the music complex and deep enough. But yeah these basslines played on a proper system are extremely powerful.
  6. Damn this album is something else, very spectacular and entertaining darkpsy.
  7. Manuser

    Aes Dana - Leylines

    Lysistrata (album edit) and Signs are two magnificent tracks.
  8. Hallucinogenic Horses is great, I didn't hear the jazzy parts though (?) but thanks for mentioning, forgot about this crazy album.
  9. The production is stunning, yet it is hard to ignore that several tracks have too many disharmonious melodies and sound awkward. I was listening to this album with headphones while doing nothing else, and this flaw was too obvious, for instance the track with guitars, the first half is great with a clever use of the guitar, but then a second guitar melody enters and it doesn't fit well IMO. Three or four tracks in this album have a similar issue. On the plus side, the sound design is beautiful, I like the ending of the tracks, nice attention to details. The second track (Floating Spheres) is special with a building tension that works very well. The track with the loud kick (Nephilim' Dance) is cool even though it sounds too short for me. The tenth track (Wanderers) has nice tribal vibes. I don't have the bonus tracks. That said I liked the 2017 album Stratum much more, especially Foreseen Consequences and the remarkable Abyssentient.
  10. @RTP Be strong man Some positive trance music from the golden era just thought I would post this here, music is powerful
  11. The perfect definition of a beautiful intro but lousy track is Loren X - Sectosphere (Asia 2001 alias) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihSwe9RSe1s Damn this needs a remix
  12. Progg'N'Roll Records 1.Energy Circle 07:38 2.Mighty Woods 06:30 A short EP of only two tracks but worth a review. The first track is laid back and very pleasant. A relaxing piece of tribal progressive trance on a slow tempo with tribal chants, natural percussion and crisp sounds. An entrancing atmosphere all around, if you enjoyed Loud - 5 Billion Stars then this track should be your cup of tea. The second track has a more powerful and groovy bassline but remains pretty dark and minimal. There is a touch of didgeridoo keeping the tribal vibes very alive. Nice track again, just a slight complain it seems to be louder than the first track, this should be fixed, otherwise very solid release and hopefully we can have a full album of this style in the future. Rating: 7.5/10. Listen / Buy: https://proggnrollrecords.bandcamp.com/album/prima-matra-mighty-woods
  13. After all this time, I discover that Suburban Train is not an original track. It is a remix / remake of Kid Vicious - Re-Form. You learn something every day.
  14. @AiKyO listening to it again today, I understand the comparison with Koxbox (without the goa-trance melodies), I put it a bit louder today and it works better, it confirms my previous opinion that it must be great for the dance-floor. The bassline programming and the breakbeat parts are well executed. #7 Alpha Sector is brilliant.
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