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Sensation White 2002


Back in 2002 I went to Sensation White with a few friends from the place I worked, NedCar. They were into Trance music, and were talking about this event like it was going to be the best night of our lives. Everyone dressed in white, and a night filled with Trance music, in the Amsterdam Arena. Well, I really wanted to go with them, but the tickets were sold out. To cut a long story short: I bought a train ticket, went with my friends to Amsterdam, walked around the Arena, trying to spot someone who sold a ticket, and as luck might have it, I found someone. Scared that it might be a fake ticket, I walked to the entrance (at the complete oppossite side of where my friends were), and got in! I was a happy bunny, but not happy when I realised that I would never be able to find my friends, if literally everyone was dressed in white. Took half an hour to find them, in this wonderful setting. But once the gang was complete, the party could start! Read More

Sensation – The Megamixes (2002)

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Sensation The Megamixes 2002

Back in 2002 ID&T took a risk, which paid off: organising two separate events, one focussed on the ‘lighter’ side of Dance music, and the other to the ‘darker’ side of Dance music, and they called it Sensation White and Sensation Black. The actual event started back in 2000, and has led to multiple versions of it, all over the world, from Europe to Australia, from South America to Asia. But back in 2002 they changed the world completely, and I was there: at Sensation White. Of course I had to make a decision, to go to Black or White, and seeing as my friends back then went to White, I couldn’t go on my own to Black (well, I’ve done such a thing at Mysteryland 1998 Outdoor, but that’s a different kind of story).

To this day it’s still the most played CD ever. To me. The amount of scratches make it unbearable to listen to, so I went on the internet today and found both White and Black as a video on Youtube. And I know the productions behind the events have changed, and now there are a lot of pennies thrown at the actual event, but back in 2002 walking into the Amsterdam Arena and it looking like a church (including a choir) made it more special. I am still grateful to this day that I bought the ticket when it was already sold out from a dodgy man, because it turned out to be a legitimate ticket. So many were left outside, but I was inside, raving the night away. So many great DJs performed at this unique event, and when the megamix happened, we were all amazed: what was going to happen was unique to me. No DJ behind the decks, but a well fabricated mix, and everything around it was superb as well: the lights were on spot. And we all danced. Yes we danced. Until we had blisters on our feet.

Let me remind you I wasn’t at Sensation Black, but listening to the mix today still gives me goosebumps. ID&T were (and still are) innovators and they’ve put not only their own events on the map, but also the Netherlands. They might organise events all over the world, but the Netherlands is the country where we created these types of events,  and made them bigger, better and bolder. We did it first.

The tracklist of the actual CD? Well, it’s on the CD and you can hear the exact tunes in the two Youtube video’s I’ve attached underneath the review. The screaming ravers still give me goosebumps, 15 years later.

tracklist TCD

Sensation Megamix – The White Edition 
01. Sensation Intro – Elevator Ride To Heaven
02. DJ Tiesto – Lethal Industry
— Marco V – Godd
03. Energy 52 – Café Del Mar
04. Storm – Storm
05. Faithless – Insomnia
06. DJ Astrid – Starfever
07. Brainbug – Nightmare
08. 4 Strings – Take Me Away (Into The Night)
— Blaze – To My Beat (AMbassador Remix) 
09. Paul van Dyk – For An Angel
10. Push – Universal Nation
11. Rank 1 – Awakening
— Marco V – Godd
12. PPK – Resurrection
13. Cygnus X – Superstring (Rank 1 Remix) 
14. Svenson & Gielen – Twisted
15. Sensation – The Anthem 2002 (White Edition)
16. Sensation Interlude – Trip To Hell

Sensation Megamix – The Black Edition 
17. T99 – Anasthasia
18. Mauro Picotto – Pulsar 2002
19. Aztec Mystic – Knight Of The Jaguar
20. Dave Clarke – The Compass
21. Tall Tin Box – God’s Love
22. Joyrider – The Deadline
23. DHS – House Of God
24. Yves DeRuyter – Calling Earth
25. Human Resource – Dominator
26. Derb – Derb
27. Speedy J – Pullover
28. Jorn & Ard – 16
29. X-Filter – Come On
30. Members Of Mayday – 10 In 01
31. Underworld – Born Slippy
32. Cosmic Gate – Fire Wire
33. Cherrymoon Trax – Let There Be House
34. Cosmic Gate – Back To Earth
35. Marco V – Godd
36. Sensation – The Anthem 2002 (Black Edition)
37. Cosmic Gate – The Truth
38. Jones & Stephenson – The First Rebirth
39. Sensation Outro – Black Out

This CD came also with a DVD, with the actual event recordings on it, including interviews etc. But the main focus for me was the CD. Oh, how I’ve played this to the max. I can literally dream the whole CD, I know when the crowds are cheering, I know when the music drops, I know which track comes next.

What I can tell you straight away is the fact that I went to White, but the Black megamix still holds the most memories for me. How to end a section of your event with two seriously beautiful records, ‘The Truth’ by Cosmic Gate and ‘The First Rebirth’ by Jones & Stephenson. Now that’s the best and only way to show the world how its done. No mucking about. This is how I want to hear at parties. A tremendous build up, classic anthem that stood the test of time, and to play probably the most prolific record in the Hardcore scene: The First Rebirth. Fuck me, this is epic. And the cheering crowds, boy, they love it.

This to me is the best live mix CD ever. The crowd cheering and shouting just makes it more special. And especially the recognisable voice of John B. Wells. Everything, and I do mean everything, is in place. If I die, this is what heaven looks like to me. Depending on you being a good or bad person, (if you’ve been good, you go to White, if you’ve been bad, you go Black). I wouldn’t mind going to Black. Fucking epic set. The one who made this megamix is uncredited for, but he/she deserves the utmost respect. This is the best megamix ever. No one, and I mean it, can compete.

Best record from the White mix? The actual Sensation White anthem of 2002. The best record of the Black edition? The last 2. Simples.

Fucking epic CD. I’ve got it stored on my computer, but I wil go on the look for a new copy, unscratched. I need this so badly. And I wish I could go back to 2002. Those were the days.

This is the album you need to listen to before you die. The very best. Or, let me put it this way: the best ever!


Artist: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Trance, Hardstyle, Gabber, Progressive Trance
Release Year: 2002
Album Info: Sensation – The Megamixes
CDs: 1 (one) + DVD
Length CD: too short
Tracks: 39 (thirty-nine)
Label: ID&T
Product Number: 7005552
More Information: Sensation – Official Website

Sied van Riel – Rielism 2 (2013)

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Sied van Riel - Rielism 2 (2013)

Sied van Riel is life. Life is Rielism. And that’s all there is to say. At the moment I’m such a fanboy, and maybe a bit too much focussed on this label, but I do apologise for that. But there’s a reason why that is: I understand what Sied is doing, and what his mission is, and what his passion and dedication is, and what kind of music he likes. I don’t know when it was I bought ‘In Riel Time’ (will there ever be a second instalment?), but that changed my life. I do know that I came across it on Youtube, when I saw the video for it online. I was intrigued by this unknown DJ and producer, but when Sied van Riel released it, I was hooked.

I’ve reviewed a lot of his stuff, and stuff released on his label, like Misha Helsloot’s latest album (which is seriously good). Rielism 4 made me want to purchase the other ones I didn’t have, like number 2 and 3, but sadly there weren’t any available. I tried to find number 3, but no luck so far. But I already have 1, 2 and 4, and a keychain + t-shirt. Yes, a fan boy. But not of Sied himself. I honestly don’t know his date of birth, his pin code, his shoe size or the name of his barber, and I honestly do not give a single shit about that. What he does for a living, that’s what intrigues me.

A label owner, a party organiser, a DJ and a producer, all in one. And I couldn’t let the second instalment of his succesful Rielism series go by without writing a thing or two about it. This wonderful album, which was released 4 years ago, is still a powerful and beautiful album, and the tracks selected by the legend himself are truly solid as a rock, and timeless.

The tracklist is what’s next. Two discs with the finest records. You have to be seriously insane NOT to like the tracklist.

tracklist TCD

Disc One
01. Sied van Riel feat Signe G – Breathe Out (Intro Mix) 
02. Naden – Suspiro
03. Andain – You Once Told Me (Moonbeam Remix) 
04. Protoculture – Talisman
05. Sean Tyas & Noah Neiman with Fisher – Lose My Logic (Melodic Mix) 
06. Bastian Salbart – One More Day
07. Giuseppe Ottoviani feat Seri – Gave Me (Ronski Speed Remix) 
08. Sied van Riel – 8 Decades
09. Sied van Riel & Chris Jones – Share This Night
10. Agnelli & Nelson presents A&N Project – New Light (Protoculture Remix) 
11. Sherano – It Moves On
12. Bobina & Betsie Larkin – No Substitute For You (Marc Simz Edit) 
13. Driftmoon – Drifter
14. Eco – Alonism
15. Radion6 – Above The Clouds
16. Stereo Wildlife – Azure (Almar Remix) 

Disc Two
01. Evil Sardine – Cruisin’ (Intro Mix) 
02. Sied van Riel & David Forbes – Beast Within Me
03. Ruben De Ronde – For Granted (Mimax Remix)
04. Sied van Riel vs Wezz Devall – Razor
05. Sied van Riel & Eximinds – Long Laster
06. Bogdan Vix – Providance
07. Aly & Fila feat Jwaydan – We Control The Sunlight (Spark7 Remix) 
08. Purelight – Remember
09. Artic Quest – Strings & Guitars (Sied van Riel Remix)
10. Sied van Riel – Past Present Future
11. Davey Asprey – Bellerophon
12. Sneijder – Remember Me
13. ReOrder & Ian Standerwick presents SkyPatrol – Folding Your Universe
14. Ferry Corsten feat Jenny Wahlstrom – Many Wyas (Will Atkinson Midnight Remix) 
15. Menno De Jong – Any Other Day (Mac & Monday Remix) 
16. John O’Callaghan feat Erica Curran – I Believe (Craigh Connnelly Remix) 
17. Wach – The Queen

Every album he has done is a masterpiece. I know there’s a top 100 list of all time albums you need to listen to before you do die, and most of them are indeed classics by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Queen, Goldie, David Bowie, but in all fairness they should make the list a bit bigger, and include 1,2, and 4 of Rielism.

Both discs contain the finest Trance tunes out there. And it’s good that someone like Sied puts not only himself forward, but also upcoming names. Names you need to look out for. And it works out beautifully. A nicely balanced album, and not in your face, or annoying. Sied always knows how to please the listeners, and let the tunes fly by without you knowing it. I always have the feeling the discs are too short: once a disc finishes, it doesn’t feel like an hour has passed.

The best of this? Oh, that’s difficult. But I found two, one on each disc: disc one has got to be ‘Share This Night’. Catchy vocals. And the second disc: ‘We Control The Sunlight’. Again, catchy and beautiful lyrics. The last couple of weeks I’ve been focussing on non lyrical Trance records, but today it seems I do love vocals a lot. So these two are to me the finest of this album.

I just love the album. Sied’s face is literally haunted. Don’t know why he doesn’t smile, he just created another masterpiece. Or maybe he was knackered after spending so long in the studio, creating this one of a kind album.

You can still get this via the usual stores. It might be 4 years old, still fresh as a daisy! Check it out right now!

Ps. normally I put a Soundcloud link or a Youtube video underneath, but I simply can’t find anything online anymore? Well, you’ve just got to believe what I’m saying!


Artist: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Trance, Progressive Trance, Uplifting Trance, Euphoric Trance
Release Year: 2013
Album Info: Rielism Volume 2 by Sied van Riel
CDs: 2 (two)
Length CDs: +/+2 hours
Tracks: 33 (thirty-three)
Label: Black Hole Recordings
Product Number: CD110
Buy Album: FineNight – Rielism 2
More Information: Sied van Riel – Official Website

Rielism presents Misja Helsloot (2017)

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Rielism presents Misja Helsloot (2017)

Today was a good day: the missus surprised me with a present. Misja Helsloot’s latest album! She knows me oh so well, and she knows I’m loving everything Rielism has been rieleasing. Bought previous Rielism albums (two were so damaged I could not play them anymore) and a t-shirt and a keychain. I’m making sure the people here in London know what Rielism is, and even the missus is feeling it. She knows Rielism, Sied van Riel, and my love for the music, hence she buying me the album by another Trance legend, Misja Helsloot.

When I returned to the Trance scene after quite a while, I delved into the world of Rielism, and immediatly I was made aware of Misja’s own party, which I couldn’t go (I live in London sadly). But they also talked about an album, which made me quite happy. The label has produced many great anthems, and has been an underrated label to be fair. But when they get played (the records released on Rielism), they always get a good response from the crowd. And when I heard teasers online regarding Misja’s album, I was intrigued, and quite happy. I needed this album badly.

I was really close in ordering the actual album. I first ordered others, but before I went on the hunt for it, the missus told me the present was the actual album. You can imagine I had a great night. And for the first time I’ve got a digital album, not a physical copy (which is weird, because I’ve got mainly physical copies). I am a fan of physical, so after this I will still order the album. If you are truly a fan of Misja Helsloot, you can order the album, signed and all, if you click here.

I am going to show you the tracklist for the digital download. The album will obviously have the same, but doesn’t include the two continuous mixes (I think). I haven’t seen the tracklist for the album, but I reckon the length of the online download is +/+ 5 hours, you can’t fit that on two discs….

Anyway, here’s the tracklist!

tracklist TCD

01. Misja Helsloot feat Alex Staltari – Inevitable (Lemon8 Remix)
02. LTN & Attila Syah – One Night In Jakarta (Extended Mix) 
03. Tasso – Social Problem (Extended Mix) 
04. Misja Helsloot – Labeorphilist (Original Mix) 
05. Swen van der Endt & Ben Stone – Won’t Forget You (Original Mix) 
06. XiJaro & Pitch feat Artifi – Maple Valley (Original Mix) 
07. Vast Vision – Golden Era (Original Mix) 
08. Second Reason & Dreamseekers – Unity (Extended Mix) 
09. Temple One – Somnium Machina (Original Mix) 
10. Rene Ablaze – Go Get It (Original Mix) 
11. Frank Dueffel & Curtis Young – Karma (Original Mix) 
12. Stream Noize & De Cima presents Forces – Blackout (Sam Laxton Remix Edit) 
13. Misja Helsloot feat Kyle Richardson – All I Had (On Air Mix) 
14. Para X – Miracle (Original Mix) 
15. Kunert – Kawasan Falls (Original Mix) 
16. Misja Helsloot – Rielism presents Misja Helsloot (Continuous DJ Mix 1) 
17. TheRio – Magenta (Extended Mix) 
18. Eco & Jennifer Rene – Running (Monoverse Remix) 
19. Misja Helsloot – Monday 12AM (Original Mix) 
20. Misja Helsloot – Fluid (Original Mix) 
21. Type 41 – Ascension (XiJaro & Pitch Remix) 
22. Talla 2XLC – Eternally (Extended Mix) 
23. XiJaro & Pitch & Type 41 – Chase Your Dreams (Original Mix) 
24. Kriess Guyte – Aspirations (Original Mix) 
25. Misja Helsloot & Tim Verkruissen – Indecent Exposure (Original Mix) 
26. Dark Fusion feat Amy Kirkpatrick – Be There For you (Mike Sanders Extended Remix) 
27. Ben Ashley – Far Away (Original Mix) 
28. 7Wonders – Momentum (Original Mix) 
29. Misja Helsloot & Emanuele Braveri feat Giusy Torrisi – Your Shadow (Original Mix) 
30. Arman Bas – Infinito (Extended Mix) 
31. Sied van Riel feat Jennifer Rene – The Reason (Skylex Extended Remix) 
32. Misja Helsloot – Rielism presents Misja Helsloot (Continuous DJ Mix 2) 

Now that’s a proper tracklist. But a pain in the arse to write it. Copy and pasting doesn’t work, so everything had to be typed. But it’s a beauty. If you love Trance music, this is a must have album. Digital copies are included with 2 continuous DJ mixes, mixed of course by Misja Helsloot himself. And that’s what I was after. I’m not fussed about records on their own, I was raised during the 90s and got into mixes/megamixes. That’s what dominated on the market back then, and I still love mixes more than individual records. Weird, eh?

I can not mention the quality of these records, because you’ve already seen the tracklist and know instantaneously how good the records must be. There are so many great names in here, like the man himself (Misja), Rene Ablaze, Sied van Riel (of course), Talla 2XLC, and more. The one other reason you need to get this album is because it won’t let you down. Rielism only rieleases great albums, the quality is only as high as we as humans can reach. And Rielism does exactly that. And so does Misja. He has picked truly remarkable records.

It was difficult to point out one amazing record from 30 brilliant records, but I think I have found one which I adore: ‘The Reason’, remixed by Skylex. I just love the vocals so much, and the original was great, but this version is 2764 times better. But let’s not underestimate ‘One Night In Jakarta’, ‘Maple Valley’, ‘Go Get It’, ‘Fluid’, and more…

Yet another brilliant album released on the best Trance label out there. It’s worth those pennies/euros, and it will only enlighten your life. Sied and Misja, two legends. I hope one day soon they come to the UK, we need more music like this. And I simply can’t be arsed to go back to the Netherlands lol.

Get it now. Digital or physical. Whatever floats your boat. Maybe I look at the missus and she might get it for me for Christmas?


Artist: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Trance, Progressive Trance, Euphoric Trance, Tech Trance
Album Info: Rielism presents Misja Helsloot
Length Album: 05:43:05
Tracks: 32 (thirty-two)
Download/Listen (via Blackhole Recordings): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 785 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
Buy Physical Copy (via Rielism): BUY HERE
More Information: Misja Helsloot – Facebook Fanpage

Sied van Riel presents Rielism Volume Four (2017)

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Rielism Volume 4

It’s not often that I’m amazed by something that you hear only short clips from. Sometimes you do get so extremely excited, you have to contain yourself and your happiness. In this case I’m talking about a highly anticipated album by the mighty Sied van Riel, and it’s his fourth instalment of his succesful ‘Rielism’ series. I’ve been pulled back into the Trance scene for a couple of months now, and when I was searching for excellent music on Soundcloud, I remembered the name, and searched for it (the name being Sied van Riel). I wasn’t disappointed, and when I scrolled through his Soundcloud page, it was a dream coming true!

His Soundcloud page was (and still is) filled with hours of music. From records released on his own label, to mixes, to livesets. I’ve been a fan of him for quite a while now: I stumbled across him by accident. But it was worth the stumble. His first album was ‘In Riel Time’, and it blew me away. The quality of the tunes were astonishing. It’s been played too many times, it has scratches so deep, I could fit my own hand nearly in it. It was time for me to purchase new music. I simply had to. But no online buying, that’s just insane. I’m an oldschool fan of CDs, and I like to have a physical copy in my hand.

For weeks I’ve been looking and listening to bits and bobs of the album, and I was touched by the quality of the music. According to Black Hole Recordings’ website, this album was a year overdue. A year? Yes, but it was bloody well worth it! When I got it yesterday, it made me smile, and secretly admitting to myself that this album has to be the best birthday present ever. But also the fact that Sied doesn’t hold back on quality, and it might take some time to find a jewel, but when he finds them, he signs them, and now they have appeared on this beautifully made album.

I love the fact that when music is good, it becomes emotional. And I’ve never had so many emotions running through my body like after hearing this album for the first time. It’s bloody good, I’ll tell you.

Let me show you the tracklist. And whilst you are looking at it, why not click on the link above, where you can purchase it?

tracklist TCD

Disc One 
01. T.F.F. & Steve Carniel – Cyclone
02. Eloquentia – Space Invader
03. RAMiNiO & Sam Laxton – Ximena
04. Sied van Riel – Rush (Sied van Riel Rielism Remix) 
05. Perrelli & Mankoff feat Sara Houston – Lingering Mind
06. Michael Kaelios – Just Another Story
07. Exouler – Changes
08. Nikolauss – Avalon
09. XiJaro & Pitch feat Artifi – Maple Valley
10. Global Mind – Close To The End
11. Garry Moon – Magna
12. Steve Dekay – Nyctophilia
13. Miroslav Vrlik – Impact
14. Omniks & Wonder Element – Elantria
15. Stream Noize & De Cima presents Forces – Blackout
16. Dark Fusion feat Amy Kirkpatrick – Be There For You
17. Bryan Summerville – Helios Exposure
18. Chris SX – Reflections
19. Sam Laxton – Product Of The Devil

Disc Two 
01. Sied van Riel & Leaving Atlantis – Solitaire
02. Andres Sanchez – El Ultimo Dia
03. Tasso – Break Down
04. James Kiedis – Here I Stand
05. Ryan K – Dihydrogen Monoxide
06. Robert Nickson – Heliopause
07. Alex van ReeVe – Full Speed Ahead
08. Para X – Steps Of Eternity
09. Jak Aggas & Matt Noland – Rejuvenation
10. The Avains & Fisical Project – El Collabro
11. Rene Ablaze feat Aylin – Break Away
12. Type 41 – Ascension
13. Sied van Riel feat Nicole McKenna – Stealing Time (Perrelli & Mankoff Remix) 
14. Fredd Moz – Broken World
15. Eryon Stocker & UP3 – Only You
16. Steve Dekay – Eros
17. Richard Durand & Sied van Riel – Rivella
18. Curtis Young – No Guts
19. Sied van Riel – Sirena (Mike Sanders Remix) 
20. Amine Maxwell – Her Soul

You might not understand the strength of this tracklist, but the beauty is coming through your speakers once you’ve pressed play. The names are 99% unknown to me, but it’s nice to hear music coming from a different angle, not the commercial side of Trance. And it’s good that he balanced this album out beautifully: a few of his own stuff, but the majority records by others.

There are too many great anthems in here, from pure Trance records (just heavenly music without vocals) to beautifully vocal records. It must have been a daunting task for Sied to find the finest records, and make sure that there’s an ongoing flow, which causes emotional waterfalls. It simply keeps pouring on you, non stop. The music is so freakingly good, it’s makes you wonder so many things. Deep thoughts ponder, but the one that makes me stop and wonder is the fact that I wonder how music can touch someone so deeply, it becomes surreal?

Disc one and two are equal in strength. Equal when it comes to amazing records. On disc one you’ve got ‘Impact’, ‘Lingering Mind’, ‘Nyctophilia’, ‘Be There For You’, ‘Elantria’, and ‘Rush’, which stand out. On disc two you’ve got ‘Dihydrogen Monoxide’, ‘Here I Stand’, ‘Solitaire’, and of course the biggest anthem of them all ‘Rivella’. Fudge me, that bassline is filth. The drop immense. The build up astonishing. Breathtakingly beautiful. It hints back to the early years, around 2004-2005. And it does have a lot of other influences, but the main focus is Trance, and you do get exactly that!

This fourth instalment is pure genius. It’s so well balanced, well composed, well mixed together, and everything, and I do mean everything, is beautiful. Looking at the actual physical side of things it makes me smile. The colours are really beautiful. Not a lot of as we Dutch would say ‘poespas’. Sied in the middle, looking indeed like Ross from Friends, and on the back the tracklist. Pure and simple, but fuck me sideways, what an album!

I wish this mix would go on for hours on end, but sadly it’s only a CD length mix, times two. There’s a different version of this album available online, when you download it via several outlets (which I don’t have access to, because I’m oldschool). You can get the full length versions of this album including three continuous mixes. Full length stuff. Maybe one day when I’m fed up with the physical side I might decide to purchase things online, but for now I’m making sure that the copy I’ve got now gets scratches. That’s the best way to show your appreciation to Sied: show him that you love the music as much as he does.

Sied is the King of Trance. It’s time for you all to hear this album. And it’s a bold statement, but I’m saying this: this belongs in the music museum. To me this is the best mixed album EVER! It belong amongst albums like Goldie’s ‘Timeless’, ‘Mysteryland 1998 Outdoor’, The Prodigy’s ‘Weather Experience’… yep, a weird bunch of albums, but these are the greatest to me. And now I can add Sied’s latest album amongst them. Why? Because it’s the best of the best. The best Trance album ever made! And that’s bold, but oh so true!

Ps. check out Rielism Remixed, that’s coming out soon too!!!!


Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Progressive Trance, Tech Trance, Trance
Release Year: 2017
CD Info: Sied van Riel presents Rielism Volume Four
CDs: 2 (two, mixed)
Length CDs: 02:26:44
Tracks: 39 (thirty-nine)
Label: Black Hole Recordings
Product Number: CD 160
Buy Here: Black Hole Recordings – Webstore
More Information: Sied van Riel – Facebook Fanpage

Svenson & Gielen – The Beauty Of Silence (2002)

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Two weeks ago I was back in my home country, the Netherlands, and what I always do during my stay in this beautiful country, is visit my local CD store in Heerlen, Satisfaction Records. Been coming there for many years (bought my first rave ticket there back in 1998, for Mysteryland Outdoor), I’ve become known to the owner. Spent a lot of money over the years, buying everything money could buy. So a trip was necessary, because I like digging through thousands of CDs, and I support them. There aren’t many CD stores left, so those who are still afloat, you must support.

Digging through thousands of CDs is the best feeling. Most of the CDs I’ve got already, and it takes patience to find something unique and fresh. Queue my last visit: they’ve created a ‘discount’ section, and there it was: ‘The Beauty Of Silence’ by Svenson and Gielen. Yeah, you might call me a cheapskate, but in all fairness: I walked out with 7 CDs for only €16.99! Nowadays that’s the price of just one! I got lucky with this CD: when it was released in 2002 I never had the chance to buy it. And over the years I simply forgot about it.

Svenson and Gielen dominated the Trance scene back in the early noughties. They were succesful as a duo, and this album contains a few of their well known tracks. It’s astonishing to think that this album is 15 years old, and still sounds fresh. Unique. And that’s the reason why they dominated everything. They made anthem after anthem, and they are still loved by fans all over the world. Play any of the tracks and the rave ligths up. Groundbreaking tunes were made by them.

Let’s see the tracklist. You might know a couple of these tracks. I reckon you do. If you don’t, you weren’t born when this album was released…


01. Svenson & Gielen – The Beauty Of Silence
02. Svenson & Gielen feat Simi Nah – Unknown Pleasure
03. Svenson & Gielen – Twisted Energy (Radio Edit) 
04. Svenson & Gielen – Fujirama
05. Svenson & Gielen – Outward Voyage
06. Svenson & Gielen feat Jan Johnston – Beachbreeze
07. Svenson & Gielen – We Know What You Did
08. Svenson & Gielen – Answer The Question
09. Svenson & Gielen – Falling Star
10. Svenson & Gielen feat Simi Nah – Evol (In Love)

Bonus Tracks:
11. Svenson & Gielen – We Know What You Did (DJ Tiesto Remix) 
12. Svenson & Gielen – Answer The Question (Cosmic Gate Remix) 

There you go. An amazing tracklist, isn’t it? I know most of these tracks, because they’ve appeared on many compilations. As I said before, they dominated everything imaginable. They were one of the hottest duos in the Trance scene, and they took the scene to places never seen before.

So many great anthems, it’s unbelievable to capture what they’ve done to the scene. ‘The Beauty Of Silence’, ‘Twisted Energy’, ‘Beachbreeze’, ‘We Know What You Did’, ‘Answer The Question’ and more. They were on the spot when it came to music, they embraced what was there already, and improved it. They knew what the audiences all over the world wanted and needed, and the result was a really good album.

A couple of tracks are a bit less than the anthems they created, I did miss something special, something that would improve them. Something I can’t describe. And also the Tiesto remix of ‘We Know What You Did’ is extremely dull. Never thought Tiesto would release something this dull when he was the king of Trance…

Best track? Oh, I like a few. But the one I would embrace is ‘The Beauty Of Silence’. Still have it as a single.

A very good album, and it was a bargain. It might have taken 15 years to be part of my collection, but it ain’t going nowhere.

Artist: Svenson & Gielen
Genre/Style: Trance
Release Year: 2002
CD Info: Svenson & Gielen – The Beauty Of Silence
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:01:42
Tracks: 10 (ten) + 2 Bonus Tracks
Label: ID&T Music BV
Product Number: 7005622
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