Psychotrance 2000

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Following in the footsteps of renowned DJs such as Darren Emerson, a then-unknown Texan DJ named D:Fuse came out of nowhere to turn in a blood-pumping installment to Moonshine's popular Psychotrance series. The cover's note that this album consists of "trance anthems" isn't standard marketing hyperbole -- by the second track, D:Fuse has all engines firing as he moves into pretty damn intense territory with little to no buildup. Driven by searing synth riffs liable to pierce one's eardrum and enough dramatic buildups to crossmarket this album as an aerobics workout, the album's raging energy level continues running on high-octane from the quick lift-off through the even more fatiguing middle of the set until eventually reaching an anti-climatic conclusion. This somewhat disappointing final track doesn't necessarily result from weak tracks, considering the cataclysmic proceeding moments of note: the Mt. Everest-like peaks and bottom of the Pacific-like valleys of superstar trance remixer Matt Darey's hot-rodded version of Blockster's "Grooveline," the ridiculous insanity of Deepsky's roaring "Phuture 2000" remix, or the album's penultimate moment of sweat-inspiring ecstasy, Paul Van Dyk's "Moonlighting (Nightclub Remix)" with its sexy feminine salaciousness. After these three songs and the many others attempting to incite flash floods of adrenaline and serotonin levels in the listener's overstimulated mind, what honestly can D:Fuse spin to take the music to another level? Not much without heading into the taboo realm of hardcore/gabber. Of course, by this time any sober person will be plenty spent and ready for some calm silence. Yet for as physically heightening as this album is, this attribute ends up being a serious flaw; one can't complain about the mixing or the lack of strong songs, but one could make an argument about the relentless barrage of anthems. Sometimes a 30 second lull isn't enough, and most often listeners want a nice steady build that will result in an orgasmic climax rather than reaching numbing levels of over-stimulation after only a few tracks.

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