DJ W supplies the obligatory remix; Danny Slade is a fan
Warning: if you are not a fan of hard trance, this record may shock you a little! It really is so full-on that it would be remiss of me not to mention this fact, just in case you're a fan of the more commercial side of trance, and you listen to this expecting it to be all warm and uplifting. In fact, this is as far away from fluffy, euphoric ‘Ibiza trance’ as you could get.
Personally I think this is a good thing - I have a penchant for the dark side and hard trance is one of my guilty pleasures. There are two mixes on offer. The Original Mix is first out of the gate, with a distorted, side-chained bassline, vocal samples, synth stabs and dramatic percussion a-plenty. As it builds you have a slicing 303 riff, snare rolls and a mammoth breakdown with lightning strikes, unnerving sounds and a speech sampled from a horror film talking about becoming the ‘minions of death’, as the track title suggests.
The second cut is a remix by DJ W which starts with an elastic bassline and a pounding kick drum. then builds swiftly through unorthodox percussion patterns to a sampled laugh and the sampled line "welcome to my cathedral of death". This version is more relentless than the Original and is a masterclass in how to make a Hard Trance record.
This music isn't for everyone, admittedly. But if, like me, you can appreciate its aural depravity then this release is an excellent example of the genre and is well worth seeking out.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: Mid-August
Review Score: 9