Features tracks from Aponaut, Dark Sector, Nostic and Renegade System
Hard trance is like Marmite: you either can't stand the stuff, or you crave it as a guilty pleasure. For me, it's definitely the latter, and this EP satiates my desires completely as it features four cuts of blisteringly hard fodder that, as the adage goes, are "not for the faint-hearted".
First up is Aponaut. Our Future is banging from the outset, with a muted kickdrum intro leading to a sidechained bassline, and features vocodered female vocals and soaring synth riffs. There's a massive breakdown and the obligatory snare rolls and 303s. This is followed by Dark Sector's Future Acid Techno, which isn’t as tough but features major acidic burbling, more vocoder sounds and a sonar blip which gives it tension. The vocal is about acid and techno so is well on-point and sounds great.
The third track is by Nostic and is titled Gate 303, which is a massive clue to its nature as it's hard, fast and full of 303s that are twisted and warped throughout, along with a bleepy lead line and a detuned, demonic vocal that fits perfectly with the ethos of the whole EP. Finally you have Renegade System with Hardtrancerevolution, which puts the familiar "the revolution will not be televised" sample that's popped up on many tracks to very good use by adding a caustic backbeat of soaring synth riffs, plenty of 303s and pounding percussion. It's surprisingly musical and like the rest of the tracks, really defines the timeless sound of great hard trance.
If you're a fan of this genre of music or just want to hear how it sounds when done right, this EP is a really good example, so it's well worth a listen either way!
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 9