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Information : Artist : Atma Title : The Secrets of Meditation Label : Yellow Sunshine Explosion Date : 03 January 2009 Genre : Psy-trance Tracklist : 1. Intro 2. Fortress of the Mind 3. Timeless Solitude 4. The Secrets Of Meditation 5. Moments Of Truth 6. The Dome Of The New Era 7. Paranormal Activity 8. The Tomes Of Power 9. Spiritualism And Love 10. The Rise Of Overman Review : Here we go ! After it's first album, Beyond Good and Evil, Atma come back with another album, this time realized under another label : Yellow Sunshine Explosion...This label is know to be a massive "Goa" compilation production, and most of time they doesn't make good releases. But some time it happend that they give some good stuff, and trust me, this is what happend with this album from Atma ! Atma is well know for making tracks having strong kick with great bassline, accompanied with beautiful melodies. With this album he definitly confirmed that he's one of the pioneer of the Psy-trance scene. Intro : Not much to say about it, a short introduction, nothing really amazing there. Fortress of the Mind : The song start after a very short introduction, and here comme a pretty kick with nice bassline. Slowly but surely, some tune begin to grow up. In this track, Atma build up a fantastic atmosphere, spacy and deep. A nice song, althought melodies could have been more developped. Timeless Solitude : Definitly a very good track ! Still with a heavy kick and nice bassline, Atma create a complete atmosphere with this song : he builds the main melody using break, short light tune, and he rise his song with new tunes and melodies ! When you listen to this song, you really feel being in a Spaceship travelling out of the earth. Solid realisation, however instead of building a main melodie, Atma decided to come with some strange noisy sound at end of the track, wich is good and bad : good because it really enhance the atmosphere of the track, bad because it doesn't give this song a true powerful melody. The Secret of Meditation : What a track ! What a melody ! What a kick ! What a bassline ! Well, this is for me one of the best track of this album. The kick and bassline give a strong energy to the track, while the background tune establish the spacy atmosphere of this song. The voice samples fits also very well this track. On 1:47 come a break, and it's there that Atma decide to give the complete beautiful Melody of the song. And on 2:23, he throws all the element he got to give this track a powerfull energy. Rest of the song is filled with original tune, always giving something more to the song, and also filled with nice break. Amazing track, respect ! Moments Of Truth : The song start with a Piano melody, which is not one of the best melody of this album but which is ok. Than as for the other track, the whole stuff is coming with kick, bassline, tune in background making nice atmosphere. However, the main melody is really what I don't like in this song. I mean this melody at start sound ok, but it's when Atma developes it more that I don't like it. I don't know, this ain't a bad melody at all but this ain't neither a great melody too. At 5:37 it's getting better with nice background tune. A good track but one of the worse of this album (Still a good track !). The Dome Of The New Era : Very short intro to start, and fast come this loud kick with good bassline...Than the kick is raised up, a strong kick ! In this track, I don't like the melody but I love the background Tune, they are very nice and you really feel like being in another part of this world. At 5:36, Atma offer us a great breakdown part of this song, this is really amazing how he slow the track down keeping this spacy atmosphere ! And than he just give back to the track it's standard energy, doing it very well ! A very nice track, not by it's melodies, but by the technics used to make the structure of the track. Final melody make it sound like alien, very nice ! Paranormal Activity : No need to say that : great kick and bassline, always in the same kind of style but never the same as you hear in the other track. How to describe this song ? Nice melodies, good background tune who make you feel this track has been written on Mars (haha), and nice track's structure. That's a good track of this album, not one of the best but not one of the worse ! The Tomes Of Power : At start, you hear a voice sample, than come background tune and noise...Until here, everything is ok. Than come some breakdown, well brought. On 2:20 you can even hear some guitar's riff, the first you may hear in this album, and that fit well with the track. But then, come this horrible melody, at 2:33 (in background), wich for me just kill the track ! It's really a shame, all was great until there, but this melody doesn't fit at all with this track. It sound good, but I don't like how the note are thrown. I don't even talk about the melody going up on 4:08 : it sound good but note are not well thrown. Still it's an okay track, not bad but could be much better. Worse track of the album personnaly ! Spiritualism And Love : This track begin with a growing up volume, giving this song a little "introduction". The background tune are very nice. This is a more progressive track than the other (You could even find this track on Goa 2009 Vol 1, from YSE), but that's one of the best of the album ! Great break at 2:19, you really feel emotion hearing the melodies and background tunes. Nothing more to say ; good structure, amazing atmosphere, and very good sounds used. Very nice track ! The Rise Of Overman : Last track of this great album, and for the end Atma give the best. For me that is definitly the best track of this album, and one of the best of whole Atma's song until now ! Kick and bassline are good, but the best is for sure the melody. At 1:52 you can clearly hear it. Man ! That's it ! Spacy, deep, light but strong ! How can you make it better ? Excellent tune in background too. This track as also a great energy. I feel so many emotion with the amazing melodies you find in this track. Good structure of the track too. Overall : What an album ! For every song, it's the the same recipe : building the atmosphere with background tune and giving energy with kick and bassline. Atma does it for every track but it always sounds good and it's never getting repetitiv, it's what make this album great ! Most of the melodies used are beautiful. The presence of amazing song like "Secret of Meditation", "Spiritualism and Love" and "The Rise of Overman" make this album a must-have for those who love Psychedelic Trance ! Best Track : 4, 9, 10. Worst track : 5, 8. Rating : 8,5/10 To buy it : Psyshop Amazon Itunes