And here it is, the second compilation from Lycantrop Records. The second I popped this one in the player I was blown away. From the looks of the CD and the tracklist I could already tell this was going to be dark and atmospheric stuff. Man, was I right! The minute Darkshire opens the compilation and starts drilling that bassline into your skull you know you’re in for a treat! The compilation continues in the same vein too. We’re not talking one big track and then it’s over. No, not here! The tracks all have that dark, atmospheric, drilling feeling. This compilation catches the essence of that plodding dark psytrance DJ-set where suddenly the DJ drops this awesome bomb like you wouldn’t believe. Take that feeling, put it into ten tracks and there you have what this one sounds like. Track after track we’re greeted with pulsing basslines, massive dark atmospherics, samples and just general power. That’s as good a way to put it as any. And does the last track have a chilly ending? Nope. Is it hard then? Yep. They saved the hardest and fastest for last, and what a stormer.
Anyway, to be completely honest: for a minute there, when I first glanced at the tracklist I was afraid the CD would cave in when Mind Distortion System would take over. Since he’s a big part of this compilation I had some doubts initially, especially since I found his album on Trishula Records to be pretty standard stuff and not really interesting. He’s definitely on the right track now, though. His tracks are gritty and dark and among the darkest on the album. Lots of collaborations here too, but as the title of the compilation suggests the big main players here are Darkshire and Mind Distortion System. Maybe this is why the style remains pretty consistent throughout the whole thing.