2/ See You In Hell.
3/ From The Future.
4/ Dead Rising.
5/ Descend To Hell.
6/ Signal In Space.
7/ Send In The Clowns.
8/ Lost Wastelands.
9/ Gang Culture.
11/ The Paranormal.
After many months of toil and trouble Deadly Nightshade finally unveil's his darkside magnum opus 'Dark Journey' on Xtra Hard Records. Featuring ten deep and atmospheric dark hardcore and jungle cuts, expertly engineered to provide the perfect soundtrack to the season of Samhain. Strap yourself in. We're going on a 'Dark Journey'!!!
After a chilling, teasing intro, we are soon presented with the positively diabolical 'See You In Hell', a thundering fusion of rolling breaks, menacing bass drones, intricate synth melodies and demonic mentasm growls. Up next we are hit with a duo of heavyweight, acid and hoover enhanced breakbeat hardcore bombs with 'From The Future' and 'Dead Rising'. Two electrifying tracks which capture the manic urgency of headstrong, oldskool hardcore without succumbing to fluffy pianos or cheesy diva vocals.
'Descend To Hell' takes us on a 120 mile per hour trip to the darkside with it's breakneck speed beats and jarring horror movie sound effects, before we are fast forwarded into the future, retro-hardcore-style with the sci-fi flavoured 'Signal In Space'. Up next 'Send In The Clowns' flavours it's oldskool breakbeat hardcore format with a pinch of junglistic breaks and huge helping of monstrous neuro D&B style, bass blasts to ramp up the atmosphere whereas 'Lost Wastelands' takes us on a pounding jungle-tekno excursion, complete with an immense, acid-techno drop and razor-sharp 'Anasthasia' stabs.
'Gang Culture' continues on the hardcore/jungle/techno soundclash with it's potent blend of bubbling 303 basslines, rolling 'Omni Trio' breaks and electrifying rave riffs set to a series of ominous gangster movie dialogue and news report sampling. Darkcore raises it's ugly head yet again with the pitch black 'Nightmares', which emulates the classic genre tropes of vintage 1992 themed hardcore, whilst giving it a modern, almost Prodigy-esque twist. The album is then brought to an apocalyptic close with 'The Paranormal', a colossal slab of premium quality darkness with some seriously atmospheric pad action.
Even on first listen it becomes instantly clear that Deadly Nightshade's 'Dark Journey' has been a labour of love in the making with it's combination of genre-spanning, richly textured sound palettes and hectic paced, rolling breakbeats. If you consider yourself a lover of the darker side of hardcore then you will need to have this on your collection!!!
The 'Dark Journey' album is available to download now from Deadly Nightshade's Bandcamp page for £7.00, or more if you wish to support the label and artists to fund future releases.
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