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Pleiadians - IFO

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IronSun    45

Electra gets you higher than a shot of the purest heroin found on earth.

 

'Nuff said, 10/10

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Businessman    0

DAAAAMN this album is teh win!!

I can definately say that the highlight here is Alcyone!

I also liked very much Asterope, Electra and Maia but I just couldn't get what you guys like on Taygeta...

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Penzoline    337

The last track is ambient/chillout and not as well excecuted as the others. These guys need to rely on the energy of the pulsating beat to create something exciting.

 

I find the negativity surrounding the downtempo efforts of Pleiadians/etnica completely baffling as IFO and FOL respectively have probably the best downtempo enders ever. Both are incredibly well textured and timed. Cealeno has the most immense alien outer space atmosphere. Delivering a sound that reflects the grey surface of the moon and throws twists and turns at it in an alien like manner. I wish they would have taken the time to create a full ambient/downtempo album like Total Eclipse did.

 

P.S. After my eventual owning of this recording I find myself wanting a remaster so badly. The literal quality can sound so flat often and Maia has panning issues, leaning towards the right side. Though it's weird since I find Cealeno quite flawless.

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Jon Cocco    90

Pleiadians' IFO was a very good album in it's day but nowhere near as good UX's Ultimate Experience which was also released on Drafonfly Records around the same time. Listen to both albums today and only two or three tracks on IFO stand the test.

 

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!

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Shamanixx    1

Well this is one of those albums, at least for some it takes multi plays to get it completely. One might ponder what about all these high praises for the album, until the discovery is made.

You may hear many things some very positive & great and some not very positive, about this album. Never Mind, if you are into trance and especially GOA just hold on, you will be thankful you put the effort if you can’t get it in the first go.
IMHO, this is one of those creations, which might prove very difficult to better.
There are 7 tracks in total, with 6 of them on higher bpm's with the last down-tempo track Celaeno rightly placed to help us come down after the amazing high energy cosmic travel which is about to take place.
Maia- The gem which starts it after all, awesome acid line synths to begin with and the keyboard melodies starts rocking in few moments and start pushing us in to the cosmos. That roaring vocal chorus towards the end is just amazing and something special. The restart at 9.15 wow. The sound barrier has just been broken and that feeling that a high velocity travel is awaiting us starts to sink in.
Taygeta- Layers and Layers which are so wild and intense! With all the complex multi layers, melodies and mixing this is a total masterpiece. Not to miss the quality of production put across. That out of earth melody introduced at 4.03, we are practically now at speeds more than Mach 4.
Merope- Very deep and powerful bass lines with powerful melodies and energy tailored to perfection. The layered lower bpm phase in middle of the track leads to magical places before the take off at 6.00. Another crushing melody from 7.10, getting prominence from 8.07. Cruising now at Supersonic speeds greater than Mach 20's. :-)
Aclyone- Well just while we start summarizing up that it couldn't be any better, Aclyone steps in with the screaming acid line and that boiling up beat effects. Not much time is required to understand where this is taking us. The accelerator is pressed at 1.30 and we gain more and more speed. Sonic Layers and its complex orchestration starts at 2.10. By around 5.13, its clear and all of sudden we start to realize that this entire album is on a totally different level . Moving on have now officially passed over the heliopause and that shock center crossing at 3.55, simply amazing. From 7.13 cruising in some space craft, at Mach 40+ speeds, asteroids and planets seems to fly past in micro seconds.
Electra- The Emperor & the Heavy weight champ of the entire genre. Audacious Intense Beautiful Powerful Awesome. No drop in speed here, just pushes and pushes to unimaginable fastness. Layers are intelligently and beautifully woven over and over, setting us up for the fantastic climax. High energy bass kick set in immediately & The gears are shifted at 1.30. We slowly realize we are approaching Light speeds at 2.04. What follows has to be just experienced.
At 5.32 we are traversing the cosmos at light speeds and readying ourselves for that unprecedented climax. But then just when you think you can’t take more of this intense energy, standby for classical climax Mayhem which starts at 7.35. Oh! What an energy. Ears are burning. I have seen people unable to move by now, on dance floor for the sheer intensity.
Asterope- While we all try to figure out where we have reached after that high energy travel, 'Asterope' is just the track to guide us where we are by now, by slowing us down just a little. Post that Alien breaths at the beginning and the picture starts to clear before us, revealing the amazing place we have been taken to. Beautiful melodies build and build over one another, and guide us deeper and deeper and at 9.25 its pure bliss. Long track.
Celaeno - Just one beautiful musical piece of blissful melodies placed into the end carefully, to help us to someway reach back onto ground. Amazing level of intricately composed down-tempo layers. But most of us by now would be pondering what has just happened before this & trying hard to get ourselves grounded somewhere to make a sense of it all.
The complex layers, melodies, synths, energy and more importantly the intelligence and ideas embedded is just on the different level in this epic piece of musical history. It does so in an extremely audacious, provocative, classy and highly intelligent way.
Something must have got into Carlo's mind while he begun writing these songs, while one of his hand was broken in 96.That unusual something combined with effort from entire team is what has ultimately paved the way to this "Undisputed Heavyweight Champion" of Goa Trance to emerge. 20+ years of its release, it just continues to stand and deliver.
Just praying if they could regroup together somehow and create more.
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