OUT Armin van Buuren & Rank 1 - The Greater Light To Rule The Night [ASOT]

Artist name(s)
Armin van Buuren, Rank 1
Release title
The Greater Light to Rule the Night
Label name
A State of Trance
Release date
Jul 30, 2021
Release type
Single
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https://www.beatport.com/release/the-greater-light-to-rule-the-night/3445326

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Well, seems like Armin decided to release a new track every week in these times. Not only this but his new collab with Avira and Push are on the way.
This sounds to me quite like expected, anthem-like melody, mid tempo, and style-wise its like some Gaia tunes :)
Overally pretty solid production, the melody could have a better chord progression, but still, its pretty good...

 
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Ah, I don't know what to say about this. I loved Rank 1's clean and crisp sound from the past ~10 years, but this one isn't on that same level. I love that additional pad melody (!) and I appreciate the style very much, but yeah, the main melody just isn't quite there yet (and goes quite overboard in its progression). As a result, this feels kinda forced.

Still, I would say a step in the right direction for Armin, style-wise and regarding trance.
 
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If real trance fans don't like this anymore, then they will never like a trance track anymore heheheh
 
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Agree with @Gagi . In addition, I don't know if the pace lacks a little or the kick doesn't lift this enough for me. Crisp being the word and unpolished.

Good to see Rank 1 back too
 
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Its pretty boring to be honest. Not a bad effort, but not feeling this at all.
 

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This world is watching me is better and I don't even like that track.
 
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Rank 1 back, blast from the past. Is the sample broken I cant see the track.
 

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Rank 1 back, blast from the past. Is the sample broken I cant see the track.
Probably a full track (uploaded by some bloke) that was forcefully removed. I'll update the OP with an official ASOT rip.

It's out now BTW, I've added the Beatport link as well.
 

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Something about this track doesn't feel right but I can't put my finger on it, I don't know.
 

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The accentuated clap ruins the flow and energy for me when its coming in during the takeoff. Overall not too bad i guess. It has that typicl asot festival melody.
 

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This really is a great track.

I would like to see those Hollywood drum samples removed though. But oh well. Great pads, good melody.

Almost reminds me a little bit of Opus 17, when the melody changes around 3:40...

Will have to let the tune sink in for a bit the upcoming days and weeks. But right now, I can't name an Armin tune I'd put above this one, that got released after Tuvan.
 

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But right now, I can't name an Armin tune I'd put above this one, that got released after Tuvan.
I can name like 10 off the top of my head, probably a lot more. Plus a couple from Rank 1 as well.
 
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I can name like 10 off the top of my head, probably a lot more. Plus a couple from Rank 1 as well.
Tuvan is from 2009. We've got the entire Mirage and Intense albums to work with.

Mirage
I Don't Own You
Take a Moment
Orbion
Virtual Friend
Beautiful Life

From Rank 1,

Elements of Nature
7 Instead of 8


Now, for the track of this thread specifically:
I think this would sound brutal on a festival. The melody is too damn long, though, and only the beginning part is interesting. The climax has way too many wasted, uninspired, uninteresting sections.
 
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