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Neurotech - In Remission (2016) - Review

Band: Neurotech
Album: In Remission
Release date: 5th June 2016
Label: Self-released

Tracklist:
01. Retrieve
02. As Will Ascends
03. Divided Bliss
04. The Lost Hope
05. Reprogram
06. Evolving Equations
07. Alleviate

I believe there is absolutely no need to give Neurotech an introduction at this point. Yes, Neurotech is still a one-man outfit and yes it is still Wulf who continues to walk on the path of his trademark marvellous trance meets metal combination of sounds. His productiveness is on a rise again, as we witnessed two full length albums being released in 2015 – Stigma and Evasive – and here we are again, with a brand new creation entitled In Remission. You may have noticed his previous effort was a bit bolder, since it kind of left the signature underlying symphonic metal foundation on the side and was completely dedicated to electronic musical waves taking over, but now again Neurotech is where it was with Infra Versus Ultra and definitely his best release since the aforementioned album.

I don't want to repeat myself by stating possibly everything I said about Infra Versus Ultra and Stigma already, but then again – In Remission flows in the vein of peculiar symbiosis of film score music, trance, symphonic metal, futurepop and I even daresay currently popular retrowave. The eponymous opening track gives a very strong cinematic effect and continues straight into the crown jewel of this album - "As Will Ascends"- , a song with this incredibly strong, lucid and ethereal ambient, which will consume you completely. The beauty of it lies in its steady and dreamy tempo, which speeds up right in the end, which intensifies the overall sensation of it to the very transcendental climax. For the contrast, the following "Divided Bliss" brings out something old dressed as something new, carrying a very retro, 80s kind of synthpop vibe, being the dancing queen of the album and at this point I felt the overall vibe of retrowave having a slight impact on the sound. In Remission then fluently flows forward and into a fusion of intertwining electronic sounds, with "The Lost Hope" carrying a fast pace and therefore being an energy booster, whilst the ending chapter "Alleviate" closes the play in again more enchanting and eerie atmosphere.

For those who enjoyed the journey of Neurotech's evolution so far and have found the enormous beauty in ambient, created by Wulf's compositions since Blue Screen Planet EP forth, In Remission won't come as a disappointment, since it is his most powerful and wrought release since Infra Versus Ultra. I already stated once before that Neurotech's music is a macrocosm, consisting of parallel universes, of which all of them have the same sound, but then again, each of them alters that sound in its own, unique way and so it stays even now. In Remission may hold a bit gloomier and momentarily more mechanic atmosphere, than its direct predecessor, but that only emphasises its aestheticism.

Review written by: Ines
Rating: 8,5/10

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