Belgian composer Dirk Serries, aka Vidna Obmana, has crafted a well-polished, smooth stone that glistens in the river of Sound. His minimalist, trancewalk, dreamtime whispers on Crossing the Trail rate right up there with Steve Roach, Robert Rich, and Nik Tyndall, to mention just a few. In fact, Roach guests on this release having collaborated with Vidna Obmana in past creations. Seamless, drifting, boundless, lilting, waves and rivulets of sound wash over you in the 69-plus minutes, that pass by in a timeless void. Seven journeys await you, each pouring into the next, "Encountering Terrain" to "Trail Dwelling" and into "Forest Arrow." I hear a percussive, gently driven trilogy, flowing from the headwaters of imagination to the broad expanses of vision. "Mission Ground" glides you out onto a still lake of mists and ominous foreboding. "The Esoteric Source" is passage inside a great Temple, the Hall of Records, spanning this tributary of Time we know as Life. Vidna Obmana opens the ineffable gates of lucid dreaming with this piece. "The Giant Traveller" speaks to me of secrets now learned, we walk now in wisdom, unafraid of the darkness and the pace is our own. "This Splendid Place" is the dimension of all our aspirations, now complete. Pain is past. Sorrow is unknown. Quicksilver, ebony dark seas caress the shores of the Overworld. Here is the land of the undiscovered way, the paths few trod, the pass through the snow-covered mountains on the edge of Being. Vidna Obmana guides the soul in Crossing the Trail. Vidna Obmana has learned his lessons well and offers a gift of thanks.
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AllMusic Review by John W. Patterson
feat: Steve Roach