31 March 2007

Vicious Delicious Infected Mushroom

Infected Mushroom - Vicious DeliciousThe brand new studio album by Infected Mushroom 'Vicious Delicious' is out now. It has been two years since their last full psytrance artist work.

In Vicious Delicious Infected Mushroom push the envelope one step further. There is a unique blend of psy trance vibes combined with new cutting edge sequencing and the Israeli duo's signature production.

The music is a fusion of psytrance, funk, grooves and memorable samples and melodies. There is something in there for everyone. Don't be surprised to hear a collection of different approaches combining Thrash Metal riffs, Flamenco guitars and Hip Hop elements.

From the first track You Are Becoming Insane. Atmospheric sounds, clever bleeps and a dry sound that makes you stick to the dancefloor like a superglue accident.

Artilery takes centre stage as a leading innovating track with heavy hip-hop undertones, deep vocals and instrumental sounds. It is the first time as far as we know that a psy trance act is attempting this and whether you like hip-hop or not, you will like this one.

The title track Vicious Delicious is more of what you would expect from Infected Mushroom. Strong beats and melodies attack the ears, persistent sounds and chopped samples merge to form another hit in all the dancefloors near you.

Infected get Heavy Weight with the next track. A slower affair of folk sounding melodies combined with heavy guitars and a theatrical backdrop.

You might already have heard Suliman which is one of the most powerful tracks. Infected Mushroom are adding a touch of magic to produce yet another psy trance anthem that will stick in your head like a sore thumb.

Forgive Me (for leaving you alone/not staying anymore) seems like a sarcastic cry to all the traditional psychedelic trance fans. Its more U2 vs Fatboy slim then a goa outfit in Israel.

Playfully the music now returns to a Special Place, the core of the known Infected sound for all the loyalists.

(Why can't I see what's) In Front Of Me brings the Mushrooms back to their heavy metal side. The vocals on top give the track a euphoric feeling as a curtain to the moody lyrics.

According to Infected you need to Eat It Raw. The dry Benny Bennasi style beat is dressed with some progressive sounds and grows on you like a tree in the spring.

Things get more serious when you Change The Formality and again there is something here to lose your head to. The 'live' instruments add a notion of tranquility in the middle of psytrance mayhem.

The album concludes with Before. A strange U-turn to the anthemic side of Infected Mushroom and a great way to finish another monumental artpiece in psychedelic trance.

Needless to say that expectations of this album were very high. Do the trance maestros still got it?

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18 Comments:

Blogger DJ Armand said...

I like this album, especially "In Front Of Me"! I also like your blog... ;)

3:46 PM  
Blogger mewlink64 said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this CD.

2:52 AM  
Anonymous FiliTico said...

Hi fellow psy-trancer. I enjoyed your view of Infected's new album. You ask the audience at the end of the review whether they "still got it" I humbly would say that for musical technique they always improve, for spirituality they have gone down since 2001, and for mainstream appeal they are obviously ranking with the best DJs in the world.

Nice blog, btw. Keep up the good work

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been listening to this album since I got it yesterday... and this is one of the few positive reviews I've found online since I started looking. I am sick of people dissing IM just because they reinvent their sound every album. Who cares if it's not what you were expecting? It's still good music!

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been listening to this album again and again since I got it. This album is just great. It melds IM more oldschool trance with more hiphop and instrumental takes. The lyrics and awesome despite the dark and suicidal general aspect of the album. In today's music, evolution is the key and I think IM did it very very very well with this band new style of album that is Vicious Delicious. I adore it and can't stop to listen to it.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Hannes Calitz said...

This album is absolutely awesome. I only just started getting into the genre, and except for IM the Supervisor, this is by far their best effort.

If expectations were high, I would say this effort topped those expectations with room to spare.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Defyer said...

This is, by far, one of the most complete psytrance album, and one of Infected's best (mastering-wise). I like Vicious Delicious a lot (especially the ending detuned vocals). "Still got it" ? They sure do. I was starting to worry they'd lose their style. I'm glad I was wrong.

Thank you for your review on this album, fellow psytrancer. You've got yourself a dedicated reader :)

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Dorgh said...

Really one of the best IM album. Every song has something strong inside, after 2 days, still can`t get enough ;)

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best, if not THE best, pieces of work to have come out of the minds of the Israeli artists. And I really do mean the word "artist" as being someone who takes what is already known and gives it their own unique twist, completely transcending what the audience is accustommed to.

I have always loved metal in all its variations, and the blend of trance and cool guitar riffs made this one an instant hit with me. The tracks "Heavyweight" and "Vicious Delicious" are particular favourites but the latin inspired "Becoming Insane" also has a place close to my heart.

To put it bluntly: Vicious Delici ous may disappoint people who had become used to the Mushrooms more or less classical Psy-Trance sound. The album does much, however, to mix branches of music that few could have imagined being able to be combined with such artistical superiority it beggars belief.

A must if you're into music at all, regardless of preferences.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a bit disappointing to see so many other's giving bad reviews of this album. Personally I think this is a work of art. Do they still have it? Perhaps not the traditional mind numbing psy-trance albums they made way back in the day. But at least I'm not falling asleep to these guys anymore as i do with so many other trance artists. They've still got it in my book as being my top group. I'm excited to see what more they produce in the future. The variety is superb, though I'm not a fan of the song "Artillery", as i was to "Converting Vegetarians" the rest I continue to play over and over. And perhaps...just perhaps...I might get a local radio station to actually try to play one of their songs...

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a fuck are u saying?? this one of the best albums of infected?? you are crazy man hahahahhhah, i don't say there aren't good songs (i like some of them quite a lot), but i don't know, from here to put it as one of their bests albums... it's going a little far.

that was all, i don't know if u have listened to the rest of infected production, but there are much better songs of compilations.
maybe im not agree with u cause this last album is different than the others, not the classic style of infected, psy-trance, so i expected another kind of album. At least, yeah, u can listen the times u want to this fantastic album, but i think im gonna continue listening to the rest of the previous albums, and of course, the good songs of the new one


one of the PREVIOUS coments...>>>
This is, by far, one of the MOST COMPLETE PSY-TRANCE ALBUM, and ONE OF INFECTED'S BEST (mastering-wise). I like Vicious Delicious a lot (especially the ending detuned vocals). "Still got it" ? They sure do. I was starting to worry they'd lose their style. I'm glad I WAS WRONG.?????????????????xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

one of the most complete psy-trance and one of the best works of infected?? yaUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
bye psy trance lover

another PREVIOUS coment>>> Really one of the best IM album. Every song has something strong inside, after 2 days, still can`t get enough ;)

yauUUUUU 2 days :D!!!!!! thats a lot man!!!!**** hhhahah


haha at least, if i liked something of the new album, it's the different genres they have combined in the album, and know how to mix it well, but perhaps, it was not at all what i expected:P

will they return?

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't IM just put out a ball crushing psy-trance album? Vicious Delicious has alot of potential, but I don't like to "digest" lyrics while I'm getting into a psy recording. Can't they just melt my face off like they used to? Special Place is by far my favorite on this outing, but once again why on earth do they have to ruin it with lyrics?

4:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"that was all, i don't know if u have listened to the rest of infected production, but there are much better songs of compilations."

Man i know what im talking about when i say that this is definetly one of the very best productions from IM. I have been with them since 1999 and since then they have been my no. 1 choice when i comes to psy-trance.. Of course i know Astrix, Skazi, Astral Projection and other psy artists, and all i can say is.. Yeah they are good at that old school psy-trance, but have you heard them advance and develop innovative music like IM? I dont think so...
But i understand that you like their newer music but not for the better.
So maybe just maybe you are one of those people "Forgive me" has been dedicated to?

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"that was all, i don't know if u have listened to the rest of infected production, but there are much better songs of compilations."

Man i know what im talking about when i say that this is definetly one of the very best productions from IM. I have been with them since 1999 and since then they have been my no. 1 choice when i comes to psy-trance.. Of course i know Astrix, Skazi, Astral Projection and other psy artists, and all i can say is.. Yeah they are good at that old school psy-trance, but have you heard them advance and develop innovative music like IM? I dont think so...
But i understand that you like their newer music but not for the better.
So maybe just maybe you are one of those people "Forgive me" has been dedicated to?

5:18 PM  
Anonymous ChenO said...

Just got the album, after over-abusing the "Becoming Insane" single I had, which IMPO is one of the best tracks to go crazy to ever produced. Some personal background - I'm an avid music lover of almost all generes - Classical, Rock, Alternative, Hip Hop, Pop, Mainstream, 80's and mostly electronic on all it's variations. I was a DJ for 5 years, broadcasted at a local radio station and experimented with creating electronic music for a couple of years. I'm also a sound buff. My listening setup is an Onkyo + 5.1 Tannoy (the best sound possible for the price...).
Now back to mushrooms... I have been following the them since 1999 and they are by far, without compare the best sounding, most talented and most creative Trance groups in the world, and definitely deserve their high rank among the world's top DJs. I'm taking my time writing this review because I'm only at track 5...
Starting off - Anyone who has listened to anything they produced since the last track of BP EMPIRE - Dancing with Kadafi(I deliberately didn't say Converting Vegaterians) should have expected this album not to be a standard, monotonous psy-trance album. They have been experimenting with the boundries of their genere for a long time now. THIS ALBUM (now at track 7) has one of the highest quality of production that I have ever heard! The sound is SUPERB! The only artists that come immediately to mind who are at this level of production are William Orbit, FSOL and Blame (Tosca and Groove Armada are also candidates...). The tracks in this album are more mellow then ususal and a lot more experimental. I too felt a big let down hearing Artillery after Becoming Insane. This album DOES NOT have instant grab-you-by-the-nuts-bang-your-head-into-the-wall-and-dance-on-your-brain hits (like Bombat and Frog Machine in the last album), apart from Becoming Insane that is (I'm now at track 8). But the tracks are very good, and it has VERY GOOD TRACKS. This sounds like an album that needs several listens and some digestion, but is definitely an album that I like and will listen to again and again. If you like Infected (or any good electronic music) and can let go of your psy-trance expectations - you will like this album. If you want a dedicated psytrance album - go get something else...

12:22 AM  
Anonymous ChenO said...

Addition to my last comment:
I'm at the final track, and it is a MASTERPIECE!

12:27 AM  
Blogger Vicious_Supervisor said...

When i heard IM for the 1st time i had the pleasure of the IM supervisor album and after some listening became pretty into them

This album i listened to in my dads car not all that long ago and i have to say the new styling (as is to be seen in every mushroom album) hooked me from the 1st song. I am also interested very much in the "In Front of Me" Song as there were alot of vocals the singing and music together had alot of power and atmosphere

Also the changing around and freqeuent differences in "Change The Formailty" was very interesting and kept me interested the whole time.

I have to say this album has got some of my new IM favourites now.

I personally always like Elation Station and Avratz from the Converting Vegetarians album but some of the new stuff such as "In Front of Me" and "Forgive me" has totally sucked me in and i can see myself listening to alot more IM now

Great Album, loved it all. Not a bad song on it.

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IM is (was) a good and interesting goa/trance- project and they also made wonderful excurses to different electronic music styles (the Tracks without Lyrics from the "Converting vegetarians" B-Side). But they are ordinary at best in making Pop or Rock music. In other words: IM is absolutely not talented in doing this. They should not try to become a third-class Depeche Mode or Eminem clone. For me Vicious Delicious so far is the worst and most boring IM- Album.

9:36 PM  

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