Lemmiwinks Posted February 24, 2006 Share Posted February 24, 2006 Here is my first experience with Derango. First of all, WHAT THE HELL IS FOREST TRANCE??? I was all happy to get an album with "forest trance" and expected something wierd with night owls hooting while trolls are singing in the background and the bassline sampled from the sound of raindeers making love. Instead I just got another dark trance album... Sure, there are some very unique sounds on this that won't be heard anywhere else. But from that to label this as a whole different genre? come on... I mean, artists like Penta and Xenomorph also do dark trance with very unique sounds, yet it's still called "dark trance". Anyway, on to the album itself: I like this a LOT, there are indeed some very intense moments. My fave track is no. 6 The Poisonous Square which is like THE perfect dark trance track. The dynamics (which are already pretty intense all throughout the track) pick up even more around 6:30 and make out one of THE most intense moments of a track I've ever heard!! Second in line comes Lost Theory starting around 5:40. It's like the adrenalin rush overcomes you. BUT there are also downsides to this album: my main issue is that there aren't enough melodies!!! There are some absolutley killer melodies that only last like 20 seconds and then dissapear never to be picked up again! That's such a shame! I'm talking about stuff like the melody starting at 1:55 in track 1 and which lasts only until 2:20 (yes, that's 25 seconds in total out of a almost 9 minute-long track...). Also my next main issue is that, although I like this album and find it pretty intense, it simply didn't grab me by the balls the same way other dark trance albums did in 2005 like Ocelot, Para Halu and Penta... Well I guess the competition was pretty fierce that year (writing this review in 2006). So this gets a 8,5/10 from me fave tracks: 4, 6 (!!!), 7 (!!) PS about the basslines: it's all about the drugs man. Basslines in the kbbb kbbb kbbb formula are VERY drug-friendly, they just "push" your high up and up as your bones rattle contiuously... why do you think just about every psytrance track being produced our days has that bassline anyway? lol And of course if you want to even begin to enjoy those basslines you need a sub turned very LOUD. Then it all starts making sense But indeed I'd go for a little more change in the basslines as well (Ocelot style) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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