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Spirallianz - Stereopark

 

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Artist: Spirallianz

Title: Stereopark

Label: Spirit Zone

Date: 2003

 

Track listing:

 

01. Hide And Seek

02. Bitnapped

03. Patchfinder

04. The Fuser

05. Battlejuice

06. Stereopark

07. A23

08. Neurosport

09. Soulprint

10. In.Out/Thru

 

Review:

 

I've not really listened to much Spirallianz, so I can't offer much insight

into the group's background. However, I can tell you if this album is a

pleasurable listen or not; and I'm afraid with this album it's not. Very

noisy and chaotic sounds adorn contiguous beat successions for nearly the

entire duration of the album. Right off that's a major let down for me when

listening to any album. There are some breaks in the tracks, but the beat

patters NEVER change or vary at all in any other respect. The bass lines are

a different story, and you'd expect in a musical sense that they would have to

fluctuate in order to harmonize any melodic patterns layered within other

areas of the sound range. So with this said, Tracks 1-3 are quite a let down

and don't appease me whatsoever because of just that. Finally this repeated

sound in the first three tracks is amended in “The Fuser”. This track

develops more logically with soft synth lines deeply hidden within a quite

vigorous, assertive, AND numerous percussive layers. “Battlejuice” follows

which I have on an EP, and it's definitely the most energetic track on the

album: quite the body mover. “Stereopark” is also appealing, but is

definitely house influenced and flavoured, but with a darker feel and aura to

it which isn't all that bad. Then in comes the funky disco house. I don't

know what's up with “A23” but it certainly doesn't fit with anything else on

this album and further detracts from the likeability of this album.

“Neurosport” has some nicely controlled reverb on and stereo ping-pong to give

almost an ethereal sound, but I still feel that the beats and bass lines

aren't befitting of many of the tracks on this album. United with

Battlejuice, “Soulprint” is the next best thing on this album. This track is

mastered well, and almost seems to have a plot and musical progression that

leaves other much to be desired with some other tracks on the album. The

downtempo and varied beats of the last track finally put my mind at rest, and

with tastefully pitch-bent bass lines coupled with the minor chords and

intervals in the melody make the last tracks seem all the more better. A

strong finish with what at first seemed like quite the debacle for this album.

The track's abrupt ending however leads me to give 6.5/10 for an average

release.

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This is a long awaited album from Spirallianz. Since their last album 'Blast

Food', released 2½ years ago Spirallianz have only released three EPs - the

Silver Edition series. Not to forget though, that we have seen a lot from

their other projects - The Delta and Midi Miliz - Midi Miliz last album

released only one month ago. With Stereopark Spirallianz continue their

special style, often referred to as tech-trance. #1. Hide and Seek begins the

journey restrained. You can just slightly hear an aggressive sound in the

background. After three minutes it gets the upper hand, which makes me think

“evil” for some reason. It's a dark track, but in a groovy way. #2. Bitnapped

is next with a pretty strange bassline. You hear some 'pling-plong' sounds

that sound really cool but they are soon gone. Soon there's a robotic voice

that continues speaking during most of the track, it sounds really silly and

irritating to me. #3. Patchfinder is an old track but still a killer. This

seems to be a bit updated version, it sounds more massive to me. A really

aggressive track, hard slamming drums backed up with screaming horror voices

that creates a melody. To quote Psyshop, Patchfinder is a "ground shaking tech

trance monster"! #4. The Fuser reminds me of the Midi Miliz track Mrs. Vargas

for some reason; it's kind of the same style. With distorted drums, and a dark

string melody in the background this is a typical Spirallianz track. #5.

Battlejuice is the second already released track on the album. It has a very

long intro that sounds more like The Delta style - dark and scary. I love this

intro and it turns out so well, that I'm almost disappointed when it's over at

02:40. Massive drums enter here that continue to the end when they luckily are

merged with the intro and fulfil this killer track. #6. Stereopark is a groovy

track; it has a subtle melody through it. It's pretty much the same style as

Hide and Seek and it turns out well. #7. A23 is the strangest track on the

album. I find it very soft and 'thin'. It has some progressive feeling over

it. Unfortunately I don't find it good at all. They could have changed this

track to 'Spotrunnerz' which is a killer track previously released on the same

EP as Battlejuice was. #8. Neurosport starts by playing around with some

drummy sounds until half the track when they are accompanied by an organ

sounding melody, but it's soon gone. At the end it's back again and it seems

to finally give the track a meaning. But now the track is over. #9. Soulprint

is next with that dark and gloomy stuff I want to hear from the spiral

alliance. The dark strings and a pretty melancholic melody make this a pure

night track. #10. In.Out/Through ends the album with a downbeat track. It

reminds me of The Deltas track 'Basic Beat'. Well after listening to this

album a couple of times, it leaves me a bit unsatisfied. Where is the “One Way

LTD” on Stereopark? Anyway altogether the tracks here are pretty much the

same, except the last and A23 which also is very different. It disappoints me

that the best tracks on the album are the ones already released, 3 and 5.

Track 1, 4, 5 and 9 are pretty good too though. So far I've always liked

Spirallianz tracks better than the Midi Miliz ones and this album seems to

continue that trend. I give Stereopark 7,5/10.

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Never heard this band before but i liked it a lot , a sound is well defined in

this album : psychedellic tech house , i hope to hear more albums with this

style in the future. My favourites tracks 2 and 4 .

I give it 8/10.

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I hate to disagree with RX7Style, who has been making excellent recommendations

for a long time now, but this sound really appeals to me. The sounds are

crisp and precisely crafted. The syncopation is exacting. There is enough

freakout material to move any floor and make this purchase worthwhile. 9/10

from me - will write again in a few weeks once it's had time to soak.

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It's always a shame when I don't concur with other fellow reviewers, but I just

wanted people to be aware that this album is psychedelic, but in a very

tech-trance kind of way. It's not what I would consider the crème de la crème

by any means, as I think there are much better recent releases out there.

It's a very aggressive and penetrating sound so it mightn't appeal to

everyone. I strongly recommend listening to any album in the store first, or

via electronic copy, then making your own decision whether to buy or not.

There's something out there for everyone…

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What is a continuous sound? What is a repeated discrete sound? What frame

rate does it take for the mind to interpret a repeated discrete sound as a

continuous sound? If it starts "clearly" continuous and slows down, is it the

same threshhold as if it starts "clearly" discrete and speeds up? Much of the

psychedelia on this release comes out of variations on this theme. The result

may not be to the taste of those listening for twist/morph activity, and much

of the overlays are melody-free dirge-like drones with percussion. So, yeah,

I can get into this, but do try before you buy. 8/10.

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Hide and Seek is the best track on this album, the rest didn't grab me nearly

as much. I like the 1st album more, but then, I like Midi Miliz more as well.

That one will be listened to soon, and the reviews thus far make anticipation

more exciting.

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Guest Acidhive

Agreed with Freak51. Try before you buy. I have always (and probably always

will) dig the Spirallianz sound. This release is filled with their trademark

massive sounding techtrance. Sometimes it's like listening to a movie

soundtrack with beat and hihats.. hahaha ;) Anyway, I think it rules, and

beats their first album in sheer playability of the tracks, since most tracks

on this aren't as hard to get into. 9/10 for this excellent stuff and I do

hope Wayan and Arne keep it up, they've been doing excellent work so far on

both Spirallianz and Midi Miliz (whose new albums also definately rocks)

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It is with great elation that I eat my words :) This album is fantastic,

they've done a relative saikopod in that their sound on this album is varied

from their other big project. This is a relatively melodic album in places, it

really seems like an album rather than strictly a collection of DJ-Fodder.

There are some tracks that don't belong (A23) but who cares? The Last track is

okay, but it is hard to listen to chill in the wake of Shpongle. It deserves

8.5 outta 10.

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Pretty good minimal trance...Much better than last Delta or X - Dream albums

for sure...It has better atmosphere and more progression in songs. It is

slightly weaker than their previous but it is still good... Best on album :

HIDE AND SEEK, BATTLEJUICE, STEREOPARK, NEUROSPORT, SOULPRINT...7/10

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:ph34r: This album is scary, frigthening, sooooo cold ! Imagine you entered a new dimension of trance close to minimalistic techno sounds and threatening beat lines...proudly annoncing the choice for a new trance generation !

Just listen..Ones like Hide an Seek, Bitnapped, Patchfinder or Neurosport will for sure kick some crazy asses !

Beware...it's now slowly coming upon our ears...

Definitely the best newcomer on the dark psy scene...AAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH! A huge 9/10 goes for this awesome album...

Harsh !!!Not for the weak! :ph34r:

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:ph34r: This album is scary, frigthening, sooooo cold ! Imagine you entered a new dimension of trance close to minimalistic techno sounds and threatening beat lines...proudly annoncing the choice for a new trance generation !

Just listen..Ones like Hide an Seek, Bitnapped, Patchfinder or Neurosport will for sure kick some crazy asses !

Beware...it's now slowly coming upon our ears...

Definitely the best newcomer on the dark psy scene...AAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH! A huge 9/10 goes for this awesome album...

Harsh !!!Not for the weak! :ph34r:

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where can i order it from, cant find it on psyshop or chaosunlimited.

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where can i order it from, cant find it on psyshop or chaosunlimited.

241989[/snapback]

"spirallianz - stereopark" but i think its not available at psyshop.

 

its a great album but its not new, its from 2003. and wayan raabe and arne schaffhausen arent "newcomers". beeing part of groups as "the delta" or "midimiliz" they released already quite a lot before this album.

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"spirallianz - stereopark" but i think its not available at psyshop.

 

its a great album but its not new, its from 2003. and wayan raabe and arne schaffhausen arent "newcomers". beeing part of groups as "the delta" or "midimiliz" they released already quite a lot before this album.

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Absolutely. And if you found Stereopark to be dark and harsh, you will probably wet your pants when listening to their previous album "Blast Food". IMO it´s even colder, darker and harder.

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3Turn(Explicit) 7/10 Authentik (Preamplified)/8/10

 

The Delta (Scizoeffective) 10/10!!! Spirallianz (Blast Food)7/10

 

The Delta (Send in Send Back) 9/10 X-Dream(Iritant) 7/10

 

Spirallianz (Stereopak)6/10 Midi Miliz (Antistat) 8/10

 

 

I like Hard Tech trance yes Harsh and Heavy killer bassline,only at max volume!! :o

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Personally I think Stereopark is a great piece of work... richly atmospheric, featuring several great tunes. Battlejuice is the anthemic stand-out, but I think I like the Fuser best... Soulprint is a great drifting tune, and the first two - Hide and Seek / Bitnapped - are also bloody excellent. The little creeping noises in the title track is dope as well. In essence, it's an album with many strengths!

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I realised I haven't posted anything here. I find this album as one of the better minimal trance albums. I like few of minimal albums but I don't like that boring minimal like 3.Turn, Lando, Krumelur and rest of the shitty stuff. I like MOS - DRIVE, to me the best minimal album after DELTA - SCIZZOEFFECTIVE, followed by SPIRALLIANZ - STEREOPARK. I like also MIDI MILIZ- ANTISTAT, pretty intelligent piece. Stereopark is very precise album, I like the mechanic ( which I generally dislike ) but at the same time it is smooth and with very psychedelic structure of songs. BATTLEJUICE, HIDE AND SEEK, FUSER, PATCHFINDER are great tracks...But in general, minimal is not my favourite genre but it still can drive you on the certain levels...

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I remember being really impressed by track 3 PATCHFINDER, dark powerful, scary track. BATTLEJUICE is very good, but it's a pity it is so short, it sounds unfinished to my ears. On the whole this might be PERFECT music for party!

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