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Trance Lucid
Trance Lucid
The Colours of Darkness
Self-Released


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "Skating"

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Trance Lucid may have three members, but after listening to The Colours of Darkness, it's hard to believe that there's more than one person involved in the band's songwriting process (in this case, Dave Halverson). Obviously, only people who are directly involved with the band's creative process could say so for certain, but it's hard to ignore the album's resemblance to Fragments of What, Halverson's 2004 solo offering. Much like that volume, The Colours of Darkness blends guitar wankery with trance music, and the results lean toward action movie soundtrack or video game fodder. There are moments -- for instance, near the end of the title track -- when a bit of acoustic guitar peeks through the sheen of overproduction and the whole shebang sound a little less glossy, but for the most part, The Colours of Darkness is more a testament to Halverson's production skills than it is to his talent as a guitarist. If you're looking to score a scene in your next film with something that won't distract attention from the action on screen, this may just be for you. Otherwise, it's just background noise.


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