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Psyke Project, The - Samara (9/10) - Denmark - 2003

Genre: Hardcore
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 36:18
Band homepage: Psyke Project, The


  1. Prelude
  2. Gliding Shadows
  3. It Was Spoken In The Dark
  4. Blood Red Sun
  5. Never Like Judas
  6. Broken Promise
  7. The Last Movement Of A Nearly Dead Tree
  8. Get Stronger
  9. Not In December
Psyke Project, The - Samara
THE PSYKE PROJECT could be well described as a very full filofax, where you can realise every appointment only with a lot of strain and there is no time to take a breather. Pure stress and even though the listening of this album does not eat away your physical power as much, it occupies your mind all the more. With "Samara" the Danes have managed to create a roller coaster ride in light speed and everybody, who dares to step inside has to become one with the insanity on offer or he will be eaten alive by the band.

The EP on hand easily dismembers the majority's understanding of Hardcore and will put a big question mark on the forehead of quite some listeners, because "Samara" is wild, unconventional and complicated and masterly eludes and given norms. And here the often exaggeratedly used word "progressive" could be used. For THE PSYKE PROJECT are exactly that, in each and every moment of their nine tracks and the tons of rhythm and tempo changes are a monument of this. Not just another Hardcore band that is ploughing through the jungle, but a band that manages to set new accents and doesn't shy away from putting demand on the listener with unusual song structures.

The entrance to "Samara" at the beginning might be hidden a bit, but for that the shelf life of this record is almost infinite and keeps the interest of the listener on a high. The simple, but perfectly fitting packaging and the good production add their bit and should make the decision to order "Samara" even easier. As orientation guide could be named THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, GLASSJAW, THROWDOWN or the first album of Icelandic MINUS. Basically, though, THE PSYKE PROJECT stand for themselves and in the future we may expect quite a bit from the five Danes. With "Samara" they have left a legacy of the potential on hand. (Online January 19, 2004)

Alexander Ehringer

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