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MFG - PROJECT GENESIS 1998 PHONOKOL RECORDS Track listing: 01. 00'41" Intro 02. 07'30" Intelligent Machine 03. 07'34" Project Genesis 04. 08'08" Open Mind 05. 08'12" Why? 06. 08'27"

Easily in top class of cinematic goa-trance for me. Most of the tracks here are oozing with dark sci-fi movie atmosphere. I get such strong visuals in my head when listening most of the tracks. This a

So insanely sci-fi oriented album, I can't get enough of this!     This album makes me feel just like sci-fi artworks do.

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Why is this album not highlighted in red??? It is one of the most genious goa

albums by MFG and ever made! Much more innovation is here with depths of dark

sounds and psychedelic melody as opposed to The Message. This album is

awesome!!!!!!

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I find this rather boring... wasted money actually... is there anyone who wants

to buy my copy of it? =)

Well, I'll give it 3/10... it doesn't suck, but it isn't good.

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hmm, on mars is a pretty good track. the rest is pure shit. i've never liked

mfg much though (except the message), so if you like the other cds, maybe

you'll like it. 1/10

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Maybe not mindblowingly good, but this album has enough good things about it to

make it worth getting if you like MFG. As was said before, Why is just an

amazing track that can sell the album almost by itself not to mention that at

least 1/2 the tracks on this album are very good.

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MFG - PROJECT GENESIS
1998
PHONOKOL RECORDS


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Track listing:

01. 00'41" Intro
02. 07'30" Intelligent Machine
03. 07'34" Project Genesis
04. 08'08" Open Mind
05. 08'12" Why?
06. 08'27" Voices
07. 07'41" Sunshine
08. 08'02" On Mars
09. 07'42" The Creation
10. 09'29" Metamorphosis

PROJECT GENESIS is my favorite MFG album, though I find New Kind of World and The Message strong too, though NKoW is more classic. Initially I was drawn to the darker style here. This was one of the first dark Goa-Trance albums I heard. It's also a rare and a different (dark, edgy) approach from MFG's previous album. For those who forget what addictive melodies sound like, I highly recommend going back to some of these older Goa-Trance albums by Astral Projection, MFG, Hallucinogen, Pleiadians, Cosmosis, Transwave, etc. MFG is smart like Astral Projection in that they put the super songs in the middle of the album. They build up to them. Yet somewhere close by, there's always a weaker track, e.g., Voices on this album. I recommend listening to this album at night with ear buds when doing something, exercising, driving, maybe laying down visualizing. I find this album so nostalgia, fused with the excellent driving melodies, rhythms, and super songs, it's one of my GO TO Goa albums. I always come back to this one. It's one of my all time favorite albums in the genre. And yet there's albums I enjoy less that I'd give higher scores to!

01. Intro is too short to score. It involves little more than slow psy ambient notes that connect to..

02. Intelligent Machine is the opening song after all. It's driving and has some cool melodies. The aggressive drum combo around 3:38 fronts a nice melody and rhythm. The sample is dark, the way it sounds and what's said. As it ends a strong leading melody begins at around 5:12 and I won't hint the rest. This is good and begins the more uncompromising tone of the album well. A-

03. Project Genesis is another strong track with a leading melody wave that takes place on and off throughout. At 6:30 is a return to the leading wave. It's great and overall I think this is a good song. It's solid and Project Genesis is moving closer to excellence. A-

04. Open Mind is more melodic and colorful, and less dark and edgy than the previous two [also great] vehicles. I really like the melody work, the synth early on, and the song's development. It's very well done, thanks to some great melody/sound work. A-

05. Why? is very interesting. I'll never forget the first time I heard this song. It was night. I wasn't paying close attention the the music. My eyes were shut. The first several minutes were pretty good but nothing exceptional...like a roller coaster in the dark, continuing to climb in anticipation. It levels out before climbing again. Will the ride be worth it? 4/5 listeners seem to think so. For me the sign of a payoff was at 5:00. There are maybe three acts, including extended buildup into a sleek, stunning climax. The end with the guys voice (something about the way the word is said, alterated, and echoed) plays excellent to the music. This is an adrenaline beast of rhythm, a super dancefloor song and my favorite track on the album and by MFG of all time if I had to choose one. The ending is leaves such an impression that it's difficult to wish the beginning came close because the entire concept is making a big impression on the listener when they least expect it, by building this tower of allure. I love how this song goes from decent or fairly good IMO to great, and then to superb. A

06. Voices begins hard and energetic. There are some nice melodies as expected from MFG's style. Simply put, the synths are unique and solid, but not as memorable nor as enjoyable as on previous tracks. Lots of energy takes place nonetheless. But the melodic ingredients at times feel less infectious because they are (to me). So yes, the song could have been more tasty and engaging but it's far from bad. There's even some catchier variety via synths in the final act. B-

07. Sunshine opens with a bang. The song has skipping voice samples that are VERY CATCHY and enhance the song... SUUN SSHHH -- SUUNN SHHIII.. The track is fairly dark and rhythmic too, rough, and sleek. The first 1-2 minutes are excellent, though repetition sets in by 3:40, until its awesome SUNSHINE chorus saves it. The second act is strong, similar to the opening two minutes with a few extra layers. MFG could have added a super synth or something more to really elevate the final third, but we get is a thick, storming rhythmic rush of sounds that are, well, quite homogenous to the first two acts without really raising the bar. The song is solid throughout with a great hook that elevates it. A-

08. On Mars is better than Voices, but fairly uneventful in the first half, save its strong power and momentum. Synths in the second half grow catchier. It has a main current/synth throughout, but that power surge is also the slight drawback. Fortunately, some blazing synths enter in the third act as well. Cool track, but unlikely to wet your panties. B+

09. The Creation is borderline uptempo. It has a nice, thick rhythm throughout and many psy scapes, but no stand out, memorable melodies, though lots of nice synth work. It's pretty good and one of the less appreciated tracks here that took me until 2016 to appreciate and enjoy. This is more IDM via Goa-Trance. It develops nicely too. It's pretty interesting/good overall, but nothing spectacular. B

10. Metamorphosis is the slowest song on the album, and also possibly the most innovative and interesting song as well. Rich, unique, gripping, and ever-changing. The song gets catchier as it progresses. The sound fusions throughout are where cyber/dark meet colorful Goa in this beautiful concoction of ingenuity, evolution, and elegance. Excellent closing track. A

Project Genesis is a super follow-up to New Kind of World. I loved this music back then and still do today in 2018. Project Genesis will surprise you in its concentrated moments and tracks. Its darker, more powerful and Cybernetic / Sci-Fi influenced approach at times makes for a tour de force in Psy/Goa-Trance. That said, the album's not for everyone. This has a very distinct UNCONVENTIONAL sound, and is one of my favorite Goa albums. The only track I find fairly weak or less strong is Voices. After their less layered [comparatively speaking] but still VERY GOOD follow up album to this third one via The Message (2001), they returned with Message From God (2006), a Full On release that was just not Goa anymore despite some MFG influences. The Message (2001) is there last Goa-influenced album showcasing some very good/great work. But Project Genesis was crafted in a time when they were dishing out such phenomenal work, like a prodigy teenager full of energy, excitement, rage, and creativity. I'd still recommend The Message if you're a fan of this music. It's good and showcases some great work. Still as overall main albums go, there was a love and a kinetic energy that was last heard to this most fierce PURE GOA degrees from them on THIS ALBUM. MFG peeked with New Kind of World + Project Genesis in terms of PURE GOA. 

MFG -- THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS GREAT RELEASE THAT SOME PEOPLE COMPLETELY MISSED OR DIDN'T GRASP  BACK IT IN 1998. 

Favorite songs: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10
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Great album they managed to combine dark vibes with goa, similar to what U.X. did..the result is very good...higly recommended

 

the only thing bad is bad mastering i think, the sound gest messy in some parts.

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A masterpiece!

Intelligent Machine and Why? are two of the best dark Goa tracks ever! On Mars and Metamorphosis are equally amazing. The rest of the tracks are great too.

 

10/10

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This CD is just incredible, like an unsolved riddle. No one can top this.. not back then, not now, not in the future. The tracks unfold like some living breathing hostile thing in the dark voids far out somewhere in our universe. If you ever forget how psychedelic music is suppose to sound, listen to this and realize how weak most of the new stuff is. MFG made intelligent fuckin music, brilliant stuff!

 

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Agree with the above posters.

One of the best dark goa album ever produced (after Darshan's Awakening).

 

Highlights for me: Sunshine, Why?, Voices, On Mars

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This is one of my favorite psytrance releases ever and definitely the best one from mfg. This tracks ooze with power and it's amazing how these layers and layers flow so well together in one huge psychedelic soup. It's a pitty they didn't play some of these tracks in an oldskool live set some time ago.

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Easily in top class of cinematic goa-trance for me. Most of the tracks here are oozing with dark sci-fi movie atmosphere. I get such strong visuals in my head when listening most of the tracks. This album has that goa-trance magic that is not seen all that often, really brilliant stuff. I wish I could see to the guys heads when they were making this.

 

It's such a disgrace that they turned into full-on conformers. Sad, really. I would not ruin my name like that when you have released something like this previously.

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@ Penzoline

 

This album is DEFINITELY creating the same atmosphere like the pictures above :) BTW, this album has influenced my production style A LOT, and it has some really strong points concerning society we live in today. Just listen to Why?, Intelligent Machine and Project Genesis... It really opens some minds ;) 

 

However, I saw some negative comments about this album, I couldn't understand why did people dislike it so much... Maybe they didn't give it a proper chance or they just didn't expect to hear this sound... I advise them to listen to the album again, especially if they are into world conspiracies and cyberpunk. For me, this album is really mind opening and the sounds are so well picked that I don't know if it could be any better than this.

 

 

 

 

 

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Its so interesting to come to Psynews and read comments about an album that you just discovered and you cant help seeing what other people are saying about it .. I for one couldn't believe that I was hearing such good Goa music . Can you imagine i just discovered this ? I have been exploring Goa tunes ever since i started visiting this site and i thought i had all artists covered. One name that kept coming up was MFG so i tried the full on album which i didn't like so didnt bother checking out their old releases... what a n00b!!! :P I dont know how but i was just going through some tracks on youtube and i stumbled on overload .. which got me interested. After hearing all their albums, i must say this is one of a kind Goa so different in flavor from other releases around its time , combining both dark and goa elements in a primordial otherworldly cosmic soup .. some tracks are intensely psychedelic .. it really sends me in a state of trance!!! the bass is mind-bending... wonder what these guy ate before starting production?? :D , its as heavy as most of the dark psy , night full on music that you get to hear these days but it beats them hollow in the psychedelic content.. wonder how they put such eargasmic content together so well.... didnt know such content existed in the Goa era. hats off !!! ;)

 

 

Open mind and sunshine are the most slamming tracks for me here, they just hit you in the face, Sunshine has the best climax i have ever heard in Goa and Open mind is just pure raw dance 2:48 onwards, it has the powerful pumpy techno touch to it , the last part is just pure extacy :D im only partial to Open mind because its little more technoish than Sunshine. ... the rest of the album is killer too but these tracks are like a Message From God. :)

 

If there's one thing I love about MFG, it's that just when you think the track can't get any better, it does. Really kickass music!!! 10/10

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With much pleasure to write for Project Genesis.

 

After reading the reviews I am disappointed from a few posts.

This album is genuine. MFG such a heavyweight in Goa scene, their music is superbly intelligent I would say.

Specific tracks had tremendous psychedelic-effect on me with a techno-spacesounds modulation you will not find elsewhere.

Intro-Inteligent machine-Project Genesis is a triptych so powerful you will find yourself wondering -were this music made by humans?!!

I am very proud having bought this album back then, guess I got all four of them. I must have listened to this album hundred times and each one was a please/ delight.

I will not mention other tracks, nor I give special recommendations as each track has unique impact.

 

Thank you MFG.

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Agree with most reviews, discovered this a month or so ago.... had only an MP3 before. Can find weak points, maybe the sound could be better (a bit muddy, but perhaps they wanted it that way adding to darker mood?) and also there are 2-3 average songs (Voices is mediocre and Sunshine only above average). The rest is cool 9/10

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The best MFG album! The style matured here, gone are the more melodic aspects of the Astral Projection influences. Here the style is darker, moody and totally alien. The vibe is rather intense and cosmic, if A New Kind of World offered some morning vibes, this in comparison is a more night-time focused approach.

It’s like the antecedents to the whole Psy Trance/Dark Psy era that was just around the corner.

Why? is a a very atmospheric and existentially heavy track, which I imagine is about questions with no definitive answers. Such as why the universe is, if the universe is eternal. Why is there life on this isolated blue planet in the middle of  nowhere? Why us? Mankind, do we have a higher purpose? 

It’s all open for your own interpretations, and the track has this super enigmatic vibe going on.

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