Review: Metropolis – Time of War (A.C. Mix) (Trance)

This review covers the trance track Metropolis – Time of War (A.C. Mix).

This track was released in 1991 as part of a single.

The track starts with some effects as well as some distant percussive elements. A choir element pops in for a brief moment. After another percussion sound, everything fades out.

From there, a bassline comes in. A filtered white noise comes in for a moment. After that, some additional drum kit elements which includes a filtered white hat. The bassline melody then changes. A voice sample comes in for a second. After that, a speech sample comes in.

When the speech element goes away, an additional synth comes in to compliment the bassline. This goes away, leaving just the bassline and drum kit. A voice sample comes in before the speech voice sample returns. Some 303 synth effects make scattered appearances.

After this, a synth melody comes in. From there, the speech sample returns and is backed by the choir. When this ends, the choir goes out with it. A voice sample with an effect added to it makes a brief appearance.

From there, there is a synth solo before the voice speech sample makes a return. When this ends, the track breaks down somewhat. The filtered white noise effects makes a return. The bassline continues and is layered with another melody.

After a filtered snare roll, an additional melody joins the track. The speech sample then returns along with the choir element. Both elements then stop and the bassline continues to stay as a dominant sound. The voice sample returns before the speech sample makes another return. When the speech sample ends, the choir element makes a return with a sub-bassline. After that, there is a small hit before a final speech sample (different from all the rest) leads the track out.

One thing I did notice about this track is the fact that it has a very psytrance sound to it. This is thanks largely to the bassline.

What I like is the choir element. This is a very strong part about the track because it gives the track a nice audio atmosphere.

Meanwhile, the bassline is a bit on the repetitive side. It isn’t as bad as it could have been because there are other melodies that accompany this. It also varies from time to time. Still, it does stick to one pattern for considerable periods of time.

Overall, this is a pretty solid track. It has some interesting pads and effects. The bassline is a bit on the repetitive side, but the altered melody portions and the secondary melodies do dull the effect. So, an overall good track.


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