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Stellar album

This is a really, really good trance album. In the edm world, I've noticed that when producers create an artist album, they sometimes stray from the pure club sound and instead create music that's more artistic, mainstream, lighter and often quite far from the music they'd play in a set. In fact, it's often the remix of the tracks you'd hear in the club and not the original. With this album, Cosmic Gate has put together 12 club tracks (Sieze the Day is the only chill track). There are, and will continue to be, remixes as singles are released, but the originals can very well stand up against them on the dance floor which is rare with artist albums. Every song is amazing - my least favorite would be Body Of Conflict, only because I've heard it many times before, but that track is a classic - and there is a good share of vocal tracks to compliment the rest. I'm trying to think of another artist album released over the past few years that was as satisfying as this, but I honestly cannot. Perhaps John O'Callaghan's Something to Live For, but this one still beats that.

Sign of the times indeed!

Sign of the degradation and homogenization of trance music. I find it hard to believe this is the same Cosmic Gate that gave us such classics as Exploration of Space, The Wave, Back to Earth, Human Beings, Mental Atmosphere, and Tomorrow. This latest album is not the energy-pumping hard trance that made Cosmic Gate the kings of trance. Rather, this is just another random Above and Beyond album (obviously not a good thing in my opinion). 5 stars for the old Cosmic Gate, and the lost golden age of trance.

What happened to the old cosmic gate?

This album is alright. The vocal tracks are really weak...the only good one is Body of Conflict.

Sign of the Times is right...Cosmic Gate has conformed to today's lower standards for good music. There is no longer anything setting them apart from other mainstream artists. I'd also like to point out that the same 4/4 kick to kick clap or kick hat clap is basically the same in EVERY SONG.

The instrumentals are great songs but in comparison to older cosmic gate they are pretty weak. I love arctic sunset and F.A.V.

If you are looking for something that resembles older cosmic gate look elsewhere. If you like fluffy trance like Above & Beyond and Armin then I guess this is for you.


Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s

German duo Cosmic Gate emerged in 1999 when DJ/remixer Claus Terhoeven (born 1972; aka Nic Chagall) and Stefan Bossems (born 1967; aka Bossi) decided to assemble a new project in the electronic music field. Cosmic Gate debuted with the release of the club/dance-oriented "The Drums." "Mental Atmosphere" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" followed soon after. Their breakthrough came after issuing the Top Ten single "Fire Wire." Locally released in 2000, the song started climbing the U.K. charts in 2001...
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