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The Dungeonmaster's Guide

Dieselboy

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Album Review

There are those who say that the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (beloved of 30-something fantasy geeks everywhere) is dead. But then, there are also those who say that drum'n'bass is dead but here, Dieselboy puts his substantial skill to work proving that both propositions are wrong on this sumptuously packaged, two-disc set. Whether you end up agreeing with his argument will depend mainly on how you felt about both the game and the music to begin with. One thing is clear, though: Dieselboy is still the class of American drum'n'bass, and his unique remixing style brings out the best in just about any trance, techno, or jungle artist. If you find the role-playing game theme annoying, it's easy enough to ignore; Dieselboy's diamond-hard breaks and creative manipulations will quickly absorb all your attention. Highlight tracks include his mix of Raiden's eerie "Infection" and of Dumonde's "Human," as well as a crazy mash-up based on Wink's "Evil Acid." The bonus EP includes six previously released selections from Dieselboy's own Human label, most by a trio consisting of Kaos, Karl K, and Jae Kennedy. Highly recommended to all the RPG junglist masses and their elves.

Customer Reviews

Where's my 20-sided die?

Like it or not, you have to give Dieselboy some credit for being unafraid of surrounding his mixes with themes. His loose use of narrative weaves the normally despondent D&B tracks into a much more accessible flow that rewards repeated listening. This twelfth album showcases a tighter and less campy progression than System Upgrade (1999) and The 6ixth Session (2000). Deliciously dark and relentless, The Dungeonmaster's Guide showcases Dieselboy at his most musically mature.

All hail the new king of D N B

This mix album does what every mix album (or live set) should do...it takes you on a journey. This mix weaves you through the dark and tech sides of DNB and eventually leaves you uplifted and refreshed. Congrats to Diesel Boy. He's one of the few Dj's that remembers what a Dj is supposed to do...take you on an audio adventure. Move your emotions. Stur your soul. HE DOES IT!!! The tracks are solid, but as a collective they are stronger. D B laces the tracks seemlessly and keeps the mood flowing the whole album. THIS IS THE BEST DNB (or any genre) MIX ON i tunes!!!!!

Melts your mind, but in a good way.

This is possibly one of my favorite albums of all time. I've listen to it, all tracks in a row, about 40 or so times in a row. It literally sparked my imagination and all these ideas and pictures that moved with the music came to me, like the music was telling me a story. To me, this album is comparable to how Dark Side of the Moon was for Pink Floyd (in no way is this an actual comparison of Dieselboy and Pink Floyd, thats like comparing a Car to a Yacht), you find yourself thinking of things you probably never would have, be it good or bad. If your a fan of Drum and Bass, Techno, or just any kind of Electronic this album is a must have. Now if only iTunes would put up PROJECT Human from Dieselboy...

Biography

Born: 1972 in Tarpon Springs, FL

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The jungle scene has always been centered in Britain, leaving Americans to watch from afar, import the records, and spin occasionally (though rarely very well). Damian Higgins reversed the trends a little bit with his nation-trotting gigs and frequent mix albums released as Dieselboy. Born in Pennsylvania, Higgins began DJing during the early '90s and organized house parties in and around Philadelphia. By 1993, the sound of jungle had begun pumping up America as well as Britain, and Dieselboy made...
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