Review Summary: A dark psytrance fan’s wet dream.
We’re total nerds. From watching Star Trek: The Next Generation about a gazillion times, and continuously going through our beloved Stargate DVDs, my family loves geeking out. Therefore, whenever I find a spacey album, one that brings to mind the cheesy sound effects of sci-fi shows, my heart does flutter. Sometimes it’s not enough to watch other people doing things in space - I want to be in space. Therefore, I often find myself listening to psytrance, the closest musical equivalent to space travel I can find. Psytrance is just out there, a computer generated world of numbing sounds and claustrophobia. While such a world is designed to meld with drug induced ethereal sensations, I dare say that the genre can offer an experience of itself. An otherworldly experience to be sure, but that’s the whole point. To be swept away into the heavenly bodies, to give in to one’s imagination, provides a journey unlike any other – as does Tales of InterDimensional Travel
Tales of InterDimensional Travel
is a title appropriate trip through time and space, and for quite a while fools the listener into believing they are weightless. The detail to the sci-fi sounds used is incredible, with so many new and exciting effects constantly crashing in around the listener that it seems impossible for the album to not have been meticulously crafted. It’s a stunning listen with a billion things happening at once, and that’s not even counting the brain melting bass. With insane speeds the machine pummels away into the night, and does the listener get tired of listening to such intensity? Absolutely not, because the album is equally spacey despite its aggressiveness, and the end result is something to be lost in. Whether it be spacey atmospherics or the encompassing sound effects, the soundscape is a blanket with which the noise becomes dreamy. Of course, played in a club at max volume it would be completely jarring, but as a solo listening experience it’s quite enjoyable, and rather hypnotic.
Now to be fair, Tales of InterDimensional Travel
is not perfect. It really is unbelievably abrasive, and for naysayers of dark psy, an album like this must seem vomit inducing. Also, this album takes a lot of your time considering that the final track by itself is 25 minutes long, so it does take quite a bit of commitment. Finally, this album does not provide anything to hold onto aside from a rather disorienting trip through space. There are no discernible melodies, and songs seem to be written to provide a spacey experience, but not something that is easily danceable or memorable. In the end, it is an album for those already accustomed to dark psy. This is by no means a bad thing however, for it includes everything a dark psy fan could possibly want. If you’re looking for a ridiculously intense, trippy trip through the cosmos, look no further.