Twisted System - Core (Timecode Records 2006) CD

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Twisted System - Core

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Artist: Twisted System
Title: Core
Format: CD (jewel case)
Label: Timecode Records (South Africa)
Cat. #: TCCD015
Distribution: Arabesque
Date: 25 January 2006

Track listing:

01. 08’20†Stark Raver
02. 08’28†Razor
03. 07’25†Business Hippie
04. 07’44†Mad Minor
05. 08’00†Resistance
06. 08’41†The Forgotten v.3.0
07. 07’21†Outer Dementia
08. 07’24†Daorithe
09. 07’40†Beautiful People (Tribute Rmx)

Review:

Wall-to-wall, hard-to-the-core night trance

It wasn’t until well into the new millennium that South African psytrance started to catch my attention – and to make matters worse, I didn’t really pay much attention to Timecode Records before the release of the Trojan compilation in 2005… And yeah, I’ve been kicking myself ever since, coz this is indeed a quality label with a bunch of really interesting artists on their roster…

Twisted System is a dynamic trio consisting of Ian Summs (Phyx), Chris Hoy (Shift) and Rabdom L… They released their debut album The Dealers in 2004. I haven’t heard that one, but especially Phyx’ compilation tracks have impressed me a great deal the last couple of years… Most of the stuff I’ve heard from Shift has been pretty banging too, so yeah, I’m hoping this album will do it for me…Let’s find out…

Let me take you thru the tracks…

#01: Stark Raver
“Lord Vader…Yes master! …Riiiiise!†Does the world really need another tranced up version of the Star Wars Imperial March? I think we all know the answer to that… Anyway, obviously this is a blatant piss-take track… Or at least I hope so, coz this is seriously bad! Riddled with cheesy Star Wars samples, Darth Vader heavy breathing and *that* feet-cringing theme… Puuuuuke! The sad thing is that the rest of the track seems pretty damn solid… I just can’t get past that damn Star Wars crap… Yikes, what the hell have I gotten myself into here?

#02: Razor
Luckily Razor comes along and saves the day! Fuck yes; this is exactly what I was hoping for… Fragmented, multilayered, climactic, banging psytrance… Like a big, wide wall of sonic energy drenched in acid and with twirling melodies all over the place… Just like the many impressive Phyx tracks I’ve come to love… A smile-cracking track if there ever was one… Sweet!

#03: Business Hippie
“Do you all feel like getting high tonight?†Yes please! Whereas the previous track was twirling, happy-go-lucky psytrance, this track takes a slightly darker approach… The bassline is heavier at least, but luckily we still get endless amounts of raging acid-lines… There’s literally acid all over here… Several times throughout the track, the guys successfully incorporate emergency sirens into the track – and it works surprisingly well… That’s right; this is banging, relentless and powerful psytrance… Nice!

#04: Mad Minor
March of the penguins! On this track we’re well into the darker hours of the night – with a healthy dose of action-packed, fast-paced, acid-ridden night trance… The bassline rolls at an incredible speed and the high-pitched melodies are downright evil… Again the soundscapes are huge here – and the guys manage to create the wall-of-sound illusion… Sheer brute force! A real dancefloor stormer… I like it for the most part, but it doesn’t work as well for home-listening as some of the previous tracks do…

#05: Resistance
Half-way through the album we get a very tasty intro… A seemingly uninspired bassline is soon accompanied by a variety of freaky FX and eerie samples from horror movies… Throw some seriously tweaked percussion + half a can of acid ketchup into the mix and stir well… Sprinkle a handful of industrial metal riffs on top and garnish with a haunting, eerie atmosphere… A yummy dinner in only eight minutes! Class!

#06: The Forgotten v.3.0
The next track carries on down the same spooky path… Some disgusting creature is giving birth in the intro but is soon disturbed by an evil bassline… Soon more FX are added and the track unfolds… Dark, gritty and spooky night trance – with an impressive drive… Slowly the old acid-meter is cranked up and eventually all hell breaks loose… A nice track, but maybe a tad too dark at first… I’m not saying this is a bad track – not at all! I like it… Especially the last couple of minutes!

#07: Outer Dementia
As if things weren’t grim enough… Here’s another heavy-set, nocturnal piece of propane-injected psytrance… Slowly evolving, this track evolves into another huge dancefloor bomb… It reminds me of a tranced-up version of the ancient hard-house anthem B.O.N.Y - The Angels’ Cry (B.O.N.Y. Mix) … Yeah, this is literally wall-to-wall sonic mayhem – very euphoric and instantly rewarding… Brilliant!

#08: Daorithe
Daorithe is a small step towards industrial-sounding psytrance with its sharp metallic hisses and glasslike kick… A predictable melody is bubbling in the background and frankly the novelty is starting to wear off now… Sure, the break is refreshing, but generally this track reminds me a little too much of Chemical Crew stuff… Yikes!

#09: Beautiful People (Tribute Rmx)
“It's all relative to the size of your steeple…†The closing track is a tribute to the classic emo-industrial tune Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson… On paper this has disaster written all over it, but actually this is a pretty decent tune… I’m impressed by the level of accuracy in which the musical elements from the original are duplicated… Obviously this is still a psytrance choon, but most of the juicy Manson bits are here… Not too shabby at all! I like it!

After the wobbly start, I was really nervous that the whole album would turn out to be a pile of stinking crap… But I’m happy to say that my doubts were put to shame! This is indeed a good album – with more than a handful of fine tracks… The first track is a real stinker, but I’m sure it’ll find its audience nevertheless…

As mentioned above, I like the majority of the tracks here – and I’m really impressed by the level of energy these guys put forth in their music… It’s very intense four-to-the-floor dancefloor napalm… In that sense, this album is a very handy DJ tool, which also makes it less handy for home-listening… Journey-wise this suffers from the Killer Buds-syndrome – the tracks are simply too similar and it’s hard to enjoy the all to the fullest in one sitting… But hey – individually the majority of these tracks are pretty damn good…

Timecode fans will most likely take well to this album and I will not hesitate to recommend it to fans of fast-paced, acid-ridden, danceable night trance… Enjoy!

Favourites: 2(!), 3, 5, 7(!), 9

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External links:
Timecode Records: http://www.timecode.co.za
Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/release/611574
Saiko Sounds: http://tinyurl.com/cbhlu
Psyshop: http://tinyurl.com/d7nhv
Play.com: http://tinyurl.com/746ll
Chaos: http://tinyurl.com/ce8ur
 

antic

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Le Lotus Bleu said:
not released yet ...

yeah, DP does it all the time!

he receives a promo from the label, listens to it for like 2 weeks and then - just a week before release date - he throwsa those reviews of his on every psy-forum...

maaann, this guy's so anoying :Wink3: :irofl:
 

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antic said:
yeah, DP does it all the time!

he receives a promo from the label, listens to it for like 2 weeks and then - just a week before release date - he throwsa those reviews of his on every psy-forum...

maaann, this guy's so anoying :Wink3: :irofl:

Curse him! :irofl:
 

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track number one makes me laugh... :lol1:
hehe, had me marching around with a smile on my face
bit of cheese to start off the album!!

got much better from there...

i must say i prefer their album 'the dealers'
but thats probably because i've listened to it heaps.

nice work though... enjoyed the listen :Grin: :Grin:
 

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i think it's f-ing incredible

next flight to cape town please

booooooooom
 

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Not a bad record at all the the first and last tracks are shocking and should never have seen a serious release. Can you imagine if someone actually played this shit? Sure, it's pretty well done but novelty tracks like that don't do it for me at all. There's nothing worse than being distracted like that on the dancefloor.
 

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interesting, but much more cheesier than their first one.
 
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