Review – Diverse System’s AD : Trance

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As the name of the album implies, this CD from Comiket 81 is full of it. Not too recent though as I have many more other albums left for listening which is currently residing in the stack.

Being a fan of modern/futuristic depictions of abstract art, I absolutely love the jackets.TOHRU MiTSUHASHi is a frequent contributor to most of their album art, and I would say he’s absolutely versatile in depicting the tracks from a visual view.

Most of the tracks in this CD really jive here with synths and effects which really blend in and does not feel out of place – something which DS has managed to pull off most of the time with their releases. Nothing sticks out like a sore thumb, and doesn’t go ‘hey this shouldn’t be here’ sort of thing. I love the influence of electro in trance, but just as sugar and milk goes into your coffee you can’t have too much of it.

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The first track opens with Destination, a fairly short track. A great opener but not something that would likely be stuck in your head for a while with its repetition.

‘The Surreal Sky’ sounds as if it was pulled out from the Wangan Midnight MT series. Race junkies would definitely dig this.

‘quark’ definitely wins my vote for the best track in the entire CD. RIGHT STUFF just has the magic touch. Other notable mentions include ‘Dependence’, ‘Hello and Again’, and ‘When the rain’.

If you’re looking for something funky that deviates slightly from the genre, ‘Kaleidovision’ and ‘Sugar Beauty’ would probably be your first picks.

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Check out a crossfade of the CD above or at their official website here – you’ll see what I mean. An overall score of 3.5 out of 5.


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