I have been going crazy about this EP since the man himself, Triceradrops, sent it to me. I knew as soon as I started listening that I wanted to make it my first review of the year. Let’s dive into the depths of hell and take a good look at the music that is produced in this wasteland.
I first heard about Triceradrops when I saw him announced for Dreamstate. I thought to myself “what an interesting name for a trance artist,” because let’s be real, it sounds like some filthy dubstep artist. Being the curious person I am, I decided to do some research on him and what I found blew me away.
The first mix I listened to by him was “America In The Mix,” which was recorded over a year ago. One track on that mix named “Engineering The Dead” really stood out to me and I instantly got in contact with him to see when it was going to be released. To my relief, it would be released on his next EP Repulsion. I anxiously awaited the arrival of this EP and now here we are. But enough of my babbling, let’s get into this.
The first track I’m going talk about on the EP is “Hefty – Hate & Destruction (Triceradrops Remix).” In Triceradrops fashion, he puts his brutal twist on this track. If music had the ability to deal real destruction to objects this track would absolutely lay waste to entire cities. Even though this is my least favorite track on the EP it’s not bad by any means. It will still kick your ass on the dance floor! This track gets an 8/10 from me.
“Engineering The Dead” is the next track and as you can probably tell, this is my favorite. I’m a huge fan of music that can pull different types of emotions out of me, and this is the first track I have ever heard that instills me with a sense of fear.
Listening to this track is like experiencing a gruesome 80s horror movie. The first half of the track is an introduction to your horrific surroundings. Then it starts to slow down and you hear a ghastly voice mutter “engineer the dead”. Triceradrops then does what he does best and hits you with the most hellish bass you have ever heard in your life. At this point you realize there is no escaping and you become consumed by the music. This track gets a solid 10 out of 10 from me.
Time for the title track of this amazing EP, “Repulsion.” This track is a whopping 144 beat per minute and you can definitely feel it. From start to finish this track doesn’t let up. It has a very dark and low bassline that helps you get lost in the madness. The voice samples scattered throughout the track give it an insane asylum feeling. The various sounds mixed in will keep you on your toes. Overall, this is an extremely solid production and I give it a 9/10.
I know it’s still early in the year but I have a feeling this will stay in my top 5 all year long. It’s one of the most eerie and ghoulish set of songs I have heard ever. That’s something that usually isn’t associated with trance and I think it is a very fresh sound. I give this EP a 9/10 and highly recommend buying it, or at the very least giving it a listen.