Based in Kiev, Ukraine, Ivan Shadrin aka Ego Progressus debuts on Progrez with this stunning dark themed progressive monster. Ivan is very much an advocate of the darker side of prog and this come through in his live sets. He has developed an outstanding musical taste and it is this that inspires him to form out his dark and sometimes tribal vibes.
Kicking off we have the short “Hypno Intro”, straight away you feel the dark elements within Ivan’s sound, deep sinister vocals and haunting pads combine well to create an intensely charged atmosphere, nice start!
The title track “Hypnosphere” intros with a good old solid kick and bass combi with crispy clear percussions showing up. This track then begins a journey that builds layer upon layer, on this journey the tension rises as the dark elements begin to creep through. On the break the true dark nature of this tune is exposed and we get a climax of pure, raw progressive house with a classic tribal undertone. Very well crafted track and a must for those darker sets.
“Mare Orientale” takes on a much more industrial theme with a lot of metallic sounds yet retaining that prog house vibe. We still get the dark grooves and eerie sounds, the beauty of this track is the multitude of sounds that do a great job of keeping you hooked, if only to hear what other sounds come through. A top notch track indeed and one you will listen to over and over.