OUT 8 Wonders - The Fight For Freedom [A State Of Trance]

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8 Wonders, Arnej
Release title
The Fight For Freedom
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A State Of Trance
Release date
Aug 6, 2021
Release type
Single
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On 2nd listen, that reintroduction of the beats sort of works for me now.
 

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Second climax with a variation, just before the outro.
Didn't see that coming! Gotta say I really enjoyed it.

Feels almost like listening to System F releases from the late 90s.
 

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The beats actually sound...fresh! It excites me. The sudden beats work for me now and it's not as noisy as I thought it was. Overall, a pretty good track. The style is bang on!

And it isn't even that "epic" or climactic. Actually makes you want more of it, rather than delivering in excess.
 

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I like it even more now that I hear it in full. That second climax is a really nice touch.
 

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Appreciate the build up in the extended version, which you always don't get when in a set cut. Possibly too quick to judge! The quality of the extended mix makes the transition sound much better. The second climax was nice change up in the note melody but the base didn't lift it enough for me, could hear that chord stab hit too much in the background. It was distracting me.
 

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I was ready to roast this , but it actually turned my head doing different motions of head bopping. But it stopped there. The mainlead is waaaaay to average of an MIKE lead and it doesnt cut through enough for me. The second lift wasnt much of a lift either and in the end it turned out sort of being a llittle too repetitiv after all. Its a nice try though. Some parts of it seems more carefully worked on and other parts feel a bit forced and abrupt to me.
 

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I was ready to roast this , but it actually turned my head doing different motions of head bopping. But it stopped there. The mainlead is waaaaay to average of an MIKE lead and it doesnt cut through enough for me. The second lift wasnt much of a lift either and in the end it turned out sort of being a llittle too repetitiv after all. Its a nice try though. Some parts of it seems more carefully worked on and other parts feel a bit forced and abrupt to me.

Nailed this for me DS!
 

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Great comeback from 8 Wonders. And I love it that it is presented just as 8 Wonders, not this "X presents" kind of bullshit.

I wish there would be more material like this coming out.
 

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For those complaining about the no build up, I for one am tired of the same elements being rehashed 10,000 times over. Let's not act like M.I.K.E. (which this track took a lot of inspiration from), did FX driven build-ups in many of his classics. It was just a simple crescendo of the synth work and it worked wonders (pun intended) in many cases. Now, could the climax have a bit more ummpf? Absolutely, and it does sound like this is either a bad set rip, or a lot of high-end distortion. Would need a cleaner sample to make a final judgment but I'm all for more trance like this instead of the steroid crisis we continue to have.

And on the side, why the hell didn't Arnej release that album he cooked up in his flat 4-5 years ago?! So much wasted potential really :(
 
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No, it sounds like this. It weirdly mastered and the stereo widening/acoustics of the whole thing is exaggerated, coupled with an exessive amount of reverb maybe. I like raw-sounding trance, but just compare this to Exposure - Magic Impulse for example. Perfection!

Its a good try though, and theres things to like about the track, but it doesnt reach all the way for me. Several reasons for it.
 
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First track in this style of Trance I have liked in years. Could be a grower too. Princess Daysleeper probably right about some comparisons with a track like Magic Impulse and the overal sound design, but still not too bad overal and I enjoy the synth he used a lot. Def M.I.K.E inspired.
 
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Yup, that's definitely M.I.K.E.. The beatwork and second drop are definitely unique, but I don't really like the melody to be honest, sounds a bit too over-the-place for me.
 

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Very nice track, its not very often you hear an oldschool uplifter from today. 8 wonders did the Push sound already in 2004 with his Zonerland remix so its nothing new.
 
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Hearing the extended now. Some techno, MIKE, and even a little old Tiesto vibes. Really like the beatwork, percussions, and little synth fx sounds.

Pretty good track. Would have liked the melody/synth to stand out more, more in the face, more anthemic. The phaser on it removes some of the energy.

But that's just my taste. It's a nice track anyway.
 

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The intro and the outro are copied straight out of Body Shock - Full Moon, and the rest of it sounds like a mash up of assorted MIKE tracks from 2000 - 2001. Well produced and pretty enjoyable nonetheless.