Various Artists

The Power of Goa Trance [Hypnotic]

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This three-disc set includes more hard Goa trance than is ultimately necessary, making it a daunting and quickly dull listen. In fact, it's hard to even make it through one of this discs, let alone three, as most of this trance is fairly similar in style, blatantly derived from Hardfloor's precedent-setting "Acperiance": A syncopated foundation of 909-style drum kicks over which various acid-like riffs modulate and morph for the duration of the song, while synth washes occasionally filter through, attempting to induce emotive states. In theory, this musical style works ("Acperiance" seems to have aged well); unfortunately though, these producers seem to lack the creativity that it takes to make their music more than generic derivation. So while one of these songs on their own may be impressive (though few here truly are), the amount of duplication from song to song dilutes whatever quality exists. Of course, such generalizations don't entirely hold true for every song over the course of these three discs, but for the most part, there isn't much to get excited about here, especially when what at first seems like a three-disc compilation ends up being one and a half discs of Psygone material, further lessening any hope for variety. Don't be misled -- the impressive quantity here definitely doesn't compensate for the tremendous lack of quality.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:12
2
5:25
3
5:04
4
4:56
5
5:08
6
5:49
7
5:59
8
5:09
9
4:15
10
4:30
11
3:40
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