VALHALL AWAITS ME
You're all geared up and ready to climb. The glacier loos solid, and the rock faces look sturdy. You're about ready to hit the slope, and start climbing, but you want a killer soundtrack to power you to the summit. And the usual radio style fluff just isn't cutting it. If you're looking for some fresh tunes for a climb, take a gander at these killer albums. Climb on.
1. Clubfiles - The Album - DJ Quicksilver
This album rules. It's got covers of Jean Michael-Jarre songs that sound super epic in Trance form, as well as a lot of originals. Equinox IV, Anthem, Power Of G.O.D., and Ameno are excellent for pounding up those glaciers on the way to the summit.
2. The Album - SPOOT
A lot of this album is full of kind of pop Trance and eurodance type tunes, but we included this one, because Cry is great for those moments when you're leaving the treeline and striking out onto the ice early in the morning, and Lost Horizon is absolutely unbeatable for when you reach the summit, and have a chance to survey the vast wilderness below.
3. A Decade 1997-2007 - DuMonde
One of the best Hard Trance albums, bar none. Tomorrow, Atmosphere, God Music, Never Look Back, I Feel U, all excellent tracks for those tough climbs, and for those summit moments. Superb stuff.
4. Die Prophezeiung - E Nomine
This album may be excessively epic. It's a mix of Gregorian chants/ opera/ classical, and Epic and Hard Trance, with bits of downtempo and ambient interspersed throughout. There's loads of variety in here, and it's great for when you're approaching the summit.
5. Princess Mononoke Soundtrack - Joe Hisaishi
And now for something completely different. This is largely film music and classical, and is great for when you're taking breaks, or pacing yourself while walking through the woods on the way to the treeline just before dawn. The Journey To The West is fantastic for those pre-dawn moments.
6. Adventure Trance Vol. 1 - Various Artists
This isn't an album, per se - it's a compilation. But it's crammed to the gills with high energy melodic Trance and Hard Trance, and was specially collected for the express purpose of mountain adventures. If you need to get pumped before an especially tough climb, this is for you. Even features a special compilation-only exclusive trance by the compiler.
7. Trance Top 55 - Various Artists
This shares some similarities with the Adventure Trance compilation, but has a much larger, and more comprehensive list of songs in it. Great for driving to the trailhead to begin the climb, or for on the trail itself.
8. Trinity - Ace Da Brain
This is only a 3 track EP, but each version of the song is wholly unique, and awesome. Epic and Hard Trance converge for a mix of tunes that are bright and uplifting, and dark and aggressive, and melancholy and mystical. Just the stuff for reaching the summit to.
10. Exodus - Andy Hunter
A grand mix of Trance, Breaks, Downtempo, and Progressive. There's something for everyone in here, and it has a slightly uplifting, slightly melancholy sound that fits perfectly with early morning hikes, and late night returns.Go, Amazing, and Sandstorm Calling are particularly powerful tunes.
"Sedro-Woolley? What the hell is that?"
"Haha, you mean the town with the bars?"
"Don't they do meth there?"
Those are the usual answers you get when you ask a stranger in NW Washington about Sedro-Woolley. And that answer has been all too common for over 20 years.
Since the collapse of the major logging industry in the area, Sedro has fallen on hard times. A few local companies keep the town afloat, but it is grinding towards becoming a ghost town. Everyone there knows it.
Efforts by the city council and chamber of commerce to salvage the situation and attract outside investment vis a vis STEM projects through Janicki Industries, while admirable and forward-thinking with regards to the automated and tech-heavy future we inexorably move toward, do not cut to the heart of the real problem Sedro-Woolley has.
It has, simply put, a crisis of identity. Even a lack of identity if we may be so bold.
Sedro-Woolley has no culture. No heart. No soul.
Its downtown consists mainly of small clothing stores, pawn shops, an odd antique store here and there, and some offices. Toss in a scant handful of bars, a couple restaurants, and there you have it.
Does that sound exciting and vibrant and interesting to you?
We don't think so either.
Right now, our city council sees the tech booms of Seattle, and San Francisco, and Boston, and New York, and wants to emulate those, and attract piles of hot young engineers and techs who can bring in big dollars to the city.
The problem with the current line of reasoning on this, is that people don't just move to those cities for the money. They move there for the culture. The history. Starry-eyed kids don't move to Los Angeles for the great jobs. They move there because they want to strike it big in Hollywood, or TV, or the music industry.
They go there for the culture.
How can Sedro-Woolley hope to come even close to those places if all it has to offer are 4 bars and a couple restaurants that close at 10? Right now they go to Mount Vernon, or Bellingham, or Anacortes, or La Conner, or Seattle to entertain themselves. That's no good. All the money they make is being spent outside the town, which sucks away revenue like a black hole.
Along with encouraging STEM and tech developments in the town, also focus on encouraging artists to take up residence in town. They're the first step to developing culture in a place.
Buy out and turn empty offices and buildings in the downtown area into public venues that can be used as open-use spaces for art and music or places to host workshops. If you bring in 300 20-something manufacturing techs and engineers fresh out of college, they're going to need places to go and dance and socialize and spend their hard-earned cash.
They're by no means your only demographic to consider either. Older folks, who might not want to go and get low to heavy bass beats at a club might still want to go out to hear a local bluegrass band, or take in a gallery exhibition, or explore an Art Walk.
Give the town a venue that can be outfitted to work as a club/concert venue, and make permits easy to acquire. Inexpensive, easy to acquire event permits and cheap spaces to rent means more organizers willing to use Sedro-Woolley as a place to host their shindig. The former Harrah's Casino complex adjacent to the Sealand Manufacturing complex would make an excellent convention center. The Fairweather Lanes Bowling, a great music venue. It's an old building too, from the dawn of Sedro-Woolley itself. Make it a historical building, and a music venue all in one and that adds a level of cachet to the space that few other venues have. The abandoned Marketplace Grocery and the former Rite Aid location are more than large enough to host music, or art, or other cultural gatherings that would rival anything in Bellingham or Anacortes.
The visual side of Sedro needs attention too. At present, the town is depressingly dilapidated and run-down; like no one cares about it. Many of the murals are faded and worn, and plenty of building surfaces look like a mean stretch of Detroit.
Look for painters to add their murals to more of the buildings in town. Find sculptors who can contribute sculptures to our downtown, and outlying areas. The wood carvings are an excellent start. Just expand that outward to include other types of sculptures in more diverse locations. Host a monthly Art Walk, that features Sedro artists, and give other artists from the surrounding area a forum to showcase their works.
Offer Artist In Residence programs for artists of different disciplines, and provide them with places to live for 6 week stretches. There are offices and spaces for lease in the upper stories of several buildings downtown. They could easily be used for such programs.
Include additional financial incentives to artists who are writing about their experiences in the area.
Jack Kerouac put the upriver area of Skagit Valley on the map in Desolation Angels and Dharma Bums. Why not give another enterprising writer a shot that puts us on the map too?
The natural splendor of our area is being grossly underutilized. We have spacious park and rec areas that would be perfect for large music events of all types. Open up the Northern State Recreation Area to music festivals. Don't discriminate against events based on genre. Offer tiered cost permits for event organizers that want to host concerts and festivals at Riverfront Park and Northern State Recreation area. Make it cheaper for smaller events, and increase the cost incrementally every 250 projected people for the event.
The easier it is to gain permits for hosting events, the more organizers will do it. And that translates not only to revenue from the permits themselves, but also from all the tourists and attendees that descend on the city, eating in its restaurants, buying from its stores, and using its services.
Right now The Gorge Ampitheater in Central WA has the distinction of being called the most beautiful outdoor venue in America. The views from Northern State are just as beautiful, and there is more than enough space to host events there. Don't let it go to waste.
Improve your local library and give them the tools they need to offer more and better services that include art and writing workshops, music clinics, etc. Get the kids excited about the arts, and while their parents are off designing aircraft and groundbreaking tech at Janicki, their kids are learning how to see the world, and express themselves (and pick up a book or two while they're at it).
Release empty properties not being used for commercial purposes (ie empty fields, etc) to the public to be used as parks, or public gardens and co-ops. Bring back pleasant green spaces into the town. All of it. Trees, shrubs, swingsets, slides, places for kids to play, and parents to kick back with a latte and a book and relax. Ask your library staff to host more gardening and growing workshops around town.
The locals aren't the only part of this equation that needs tending to either. Tourists are the lifeblood of many economies, and if the earlier ideas are implemented, it will encourage tourism to flourish in Sedro.
And just because we don't live at the immediate foot of Mt Baker doesn't mean we can't score some of that sweet ski slope money. Speak to the ski resorts up at Mt Baker, and local mountain guide and outdoor outfitters, and connect them with local hotels, to offer discounted rates at hotels in exchange for cross-promotion of goods and services. Book a hotel in Sedro and get a discounted lift ticket? Shop at the local market and get a 5% discount on your first mountain climb with a local mountain guide?
The more businesses in the area talk to one another, and the more the city works to encourage them to collaborate, the more likely they all are to succeed
Talk to the HR folks at companies like Microsoft and Amazon, and see if you can work out deals that allow some of their support staff to work remotely, and live in Sedro-Woolley while working for these mega companies... at their mega salaries.
You want to revitalize Sedro-Woolley and put it on the map?
Bring in an army of Sysadmins and Software developers all making $100,000 a year, who live and play in Sedro, and who don't have to travel 4 hours every day for work. Watch them rent apartments, lease cars, then buy houses and cars, and maybe even strike out on their own to start their own businesses in town. Watch them spend money at the restaurants, and go out to the bars, or dance in the clubs on their days off. Watch them buy art from the local galleries to put on their walls. Watch local artists receive patronage that helps them break out of the local scene and go regional. Or national. See a local artist turn into a superstar. Watch their fans come pouring into the town for new gallery openings and local concerts at the venue where they got their first break.
Because you incentivized a modestly-sized group of wealthy techies to set up camp in Sedro, and give local businesses the kind of patronage they need to grow.
With that though, should you heed any of this, do not allow property values or rents to skyrocket. Keep the town affordable for everyone, and watch it flourish, as money comes in and stimulates existing small businesses, and allows new ones to grow. Don't fall into the gentrification trap that pushes out everyone who has loyally lived here their whole lives.
But for any of this to work, the town needs to brush up its beat-up, disheveled image, and get some culture.
We SO want one of these to play around with.
So you've been prowling the Twittersphere, or the Facebooks, or wandering Soundcloud/ Youtube, and have seen this term floating around.
But just what the hell is this Adventure Trance nonsense?
Adventure Trance is a hybrid genre that mixes early 2000s era Trance leads and pads with Hard Trance drums and basslines, with wide tempo changes, abrupt rhythm changes, key changes, Dubstep, Breakbeat, and Glitch Hop rhythms, Electro House sounds and percussion, acoustic guitar, and folk instruments from around the world.
All combined, it creates a high energy, intense sound that capture the feeling of racing down mountain highways on a bike, scaling icy peaks with friends, and pushing life to the limits.
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The weather's warming up, and the itch for adventure needs scratching. You've plotted out a few good spots to hike, gotten your Forest Pass, gassed up the Subie, and are ready to hit the trail. But before you go, you're looking for some new tunes to propel you on your journey. But nothing you've got right now quite fits the scenic splendor of the places you want to go. Here are some of our personal picks for the best wilderness hike albums.
This one definitely tops our list of best hiking albums. Heavy, powerful, dramatic tunes full of thundering bass, intense drums, ripping synths, and soaring melodies make this perfect for racing up those mountain passes.
A little more chilled out than the others, No Silence is a glorious, groovy album. Marrakech and Mysterious Skies are excellent for wandering through dense forests in the rain. We dig it.
Classic Trance at its finest. Sandstorm, Feel The Beat, Calm Before The Store, Burning... all excellent, epic tunes. Perfect for those cloudy day hikes in the mountains.
Local Psytrance from a Skagit-based psychedelic trance artist. Full On, Dark, and Ambient Psytrance is the name of the game. The Rainbow God and We're All Shards Of A Fractal are especially epic tunes. Great for forest adventures and road trips.
Excellent Progressive Trance from Finland. The Bluebear Project created a great mix of melodic and techy progressive tunes, capped off by an excellent chillout tune, Summer Is Calling. Great for a relaxing day out by a lake.
Euro Rap from Germany. It's an eclectic blend of rap, opera, classical, and some old Russian songs, meshed together in a very awesome package. Very unique, and very awesome.
Classic Trance from Sweden. Full of warm, retro sounds, and a lot of personality, this is a great album for early morning hikes. La Marche De La Lune and Voices Of Chakrila and Desti9nation Skyline are our favorites.
Super groovy Psytrance from Australia. The perfect blend of melodic, uplifting, and psychedlic and funky, it's a great album for afternoon treks through lodge pole pines and high alpine forests. Hero is a super catchy little number you'll have on repeat all day.
We've been listening to this one for over 10 years, and it never gets old. Classic and Hard Trance from Finland, with just a touch of ambient to round it off. This album is full of big dramatic vibes, and variety to keep it fresh. Great for the drives out to the hikes.
The album Ian Van Dahl's quintessential number "Castles In The Sky" comes from. Has uplifting vibes mixed with just a touch of melancholy, that makes for the perfect soundtrack to wandering through the dense cedars of the Pacific Northwest.
So you've been prowling Psytrance forums, or went to a gathering recently, and heard some mutters about a newfangled style of Psytrance called "Swamp Psytrance," or "Swamp Trance." But what the hell is it? How is it different from Progressive Psytrance, or Zenonesque?
Put your questioning minds to rest, friends.
Put on your boots and wade in.
Swamp Psytrance is a derivative of Dark Progressive Psytrance and Minimal (what is also called Zenonesque). Much like Forest Psytrance, Swamp is Zenonesque's squishier, wetter, more organic spawn.
It's characterized by lower tempos, down around 128-136 or so, weird, moody atmospheres, and squashy, squelchy organic noises, covered in reverb and delay, for really spacey, psychedelic textures.
Dark, dissonant pads and atmospheric effects give it a dismal, dank sort of sound, and the basses tend to be very deep and pronounced and heavy, keeping in tone with the heavy, laborious beats that accompany them.
In summation, Swamp Psytrance is Zenonesque's moodier, creepier, squelchier offspring.
It isn't a terribly common style to encounter, but it can be a lot of fun to dance to (and make).
If you want to find more, check out the free Swamp releases on Ektoplazm.
Outside the Seattle area, music festivals are far and few, but for those pining and seeking a festival beyond the urban jungle, here are five festivals that may strike your interest.
Bellingham Folk Festival
Held each January in the heart of Bellingham, this festival celebrates the spirit, tunes, and all other things special about folk music. The festival this past year featured renowned artists such as The Lil’ Smokies from Missoula, Montana and Danny Barnes from Texas. Through the course of three days, newcomers and aspiring new artists may partake in workshops led by musicians established in the art; also are dances, jam sessions. So when this festival comes around again, grab your guitar and join the stars!
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Held each summer in August from the 4th through the 20th at the performing arts center in Eastsound, this two and a half week festival transports you through musical journeys, stories, and captivating performances by some of the most renowned classical musicians of our time, brought in from all parts of the world to bring the audience music ranging from renaissance to contemporary and so much more, in unexpected ways.
Birch Bay Music Festival
The Birch Bay Music Festival, held up in Birch Bay from July 29-31, is a non-profit festival that is the voice of the voiceless and supports animal rights so strongly it’s central to the entire shindig. Much of the music featured will be rooted in the rock, blues, and folk genres, featuring beloved artists such as Maximus, Tai Shan, and Blue Eyed Mary as they dazzle concert-goers with their finesse. The event will be located at The Homestead Golf Course, and admission is free.
Darrington Bluegrass Festival
The name says it all. It’s all about bluegrass here. Taking place July 15-17, this festival will celebrate its 40th year and feature acclaimed artists such as the Balsam Range, Mountain Faith, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. Additionally, there will be great food, jam sessions, and dry camping at the foot of some of the largest mountains in the state.
Whidbey Island Music Festival
Apparently, the fall and early spring are not the most popular seasons to hold festivals around this area. In fact, it’s obvious. There aren't any. Slated to take place in late-July/early August, this music festival will also have an emphasis on classical music, featuring the works of Antonio Vivaldi. That's the only information available at this time, but stay tuned for more; follow their website to stay up to speed and not miss this unforgettable festival.
So you're a devoted psyhead, or maybe even a newcomer to the Psytrance scene, and you've been seeing the term "Forest Psytrance" or "Forest Trance" thrown about amongst the serious freaks, and you have no idea what it means, or what the hell it is.
There's some disagreement over what Forest Psytrance is, or whether it even constitutes a separate genre at all.
Let me lay that to rest right now.
Forest Psytrance is a derivative of Dark Psytrance, that focuses less on high tempos and aggressive distorted electric-sounds and harsh noises and "evil" vocals about death, destruction, nihilism, etc. Use of glitchy, bitcrushed and distorted effects and sounds is less prominent, taking a backseat instead to flanger, phaser, and reverb and delay effects, coupled with dark, deep, pulsing basslines with Lopass Cutoff filters applied to them, to create a warm, murky sound.
While a form of Dark Psytrance, Forest tends to be a bit slower, between 145-155 BPM, and with a heavier emphasis on atmospheric, moody sounds, and organic textures.
Classic Goa/ Psy Trance "squishy noises" made using sawtooth waveforms and extreme Cutoff Filter settings, and sound samples from nature (bubbling sounds, bird sounds, strange squeaks, blips, whistles, and other "wet" noises are used heavily in Forest to create earthy, organic soundscapes.
Also prominent is the use of atmospheric pads and choirs, usually set to dissonant chord progressions, and with heavy use of phaser, flanger, and reverb effects, to create dark and moody tones that convey a dark, dismal mood (not unlike say, being lost in the woods on a cloudless night).
In summation: Forest Psytrance is Dark Psytrance's nature-loving, tree-hugging kid. Dark and trippy, but less glitchy, and more squishy.
If you want to find more, check out the free Forest releases on Ektoplazm
Are you bored, and looking for a way to fill your day? Need to build up your resume with some fresh experience (and a few good references)? Graduating from high school (or college) soon, and need some community service hours?
Not sure where to start, or what's good? Looking for something that suits, well, you?
Take a gander at this list of local organizations, and see where you fit in!
Local college radio. They always need more engineers, DJs, editors, and recording people.
Trail restorations, community outreach programs and events, and organized hikes. They always need volunteers to help with their activities.
Government agency that oversees and maintains public forest lands. Their Mountain Steward program is a great way to do some meaningful work, and get some much needed exercise in the mountains at the same time.
Organization that helps build homes and shelters and schools around the world, and locally. They always need extra hands at their thrift stores and community projects.
Concrete's local radio station. News, music, talk shows, job and career help, they do it all. And they need volunteers. Send them an email and join the team today.
Salmon habitat restoration organization. They need help with planting trees, restortion shorelines, and repopulating streams and lakes with native salmon species.
The Sedro-Woolley Senior Center provides entertainment, health, and education services to the senior citizens of Sedro, and outlying areas. They always need an extra hand.
Local wildernes restoration and education organization. They always need volunteers to contribute time and hands for their projects.
The Burlington Public Library. They need folks to do storytimes, help out with events, and help with customers.
Center for adoption and foster programs for pets and abandoned animals. Help save a kitty's life. Foster today.
Activities and recreation programs for kids and teens. They always need volunteers at their centers and outreach programs.
Healthcare centers. They always need folks to help out.
Organization that helps preserve Skagit farmlands and forest areas. Join and help them in their mission.
American cancer Society. Healthcare organization focused on cancer treatments and mental health. Join today.
Wildlife rehab center. Nurses injured animals back to health and gets them ready for being reintroduced into the wild. Help out now.
Center providing services to women, children, and the homeless. They always need a hand, so help out!
Foundation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Celtic culture in the region.
Cat adoption and rescue center in Anacortes. Go down today and help take care of the kitties, or take one home!
Performing arts center at Skagit Valley College. They always need extra ushers, and staff for concerts.
The association that maintains and organizes events for downtown Mount Vernon. They always need extra staff for Art Walks, community events, and cleanup after said events.
Local chapter of the family planning and women's health center. They always need staff to help patrons.
Information and activity center for the North Cascades Recreation Area. They always need volunteers at their two centers, and for their outings. Get in touch and help them today.
Volunteer organization helping to empower women at home and abroad. They need help spreading their message, and working directly in the communities they serve.
Center to help victims of abuse in the area. They always need center volunteers, and counselors. Lend a hand today.
Local festival featuring local farmers and their families 9and lands). They need help during their tours, so this is a good chance to help the people who put food on our tables.
So, you're getting hitched, and have begun compiling a list of everything you'll need for the wedding. Maybe you've even begun looking at potential vendors. But those folks don't come cheap. Between the coordinator, the caterer, the DJ, the lighting providers, the photographer, the videographer, the florist, the officiant, the venue itself, the list looks huge and intimidating. And when you send out a couple furtive queries to get an idea on how much you can expect to pay some of these people, the figure you get is so astronomically huge that you have to call up Neil deGrasse Tyson just to make sense of it.
Wouldn't it be nice if there were a way to make things easier and save money?
We have a few helpful tips here to help you get the best deal when booking for your event.
The most popular months for throwing events (weddings, festivals, etc) are the Spring, Summer, and early Fall months. It's easy to see why. Pleasant weather, most folks take their vacation days during these times and everything is pretty and in bloom. Vendors also know this, and hike their prices accordingly. If you want to save a bit of cash on your event, plan for it to happen during one of the slow seasons (excluding Christmas/ New years, when the prices skyrocket briefly), and ask prospective vendors if they offer Off-Season Discounts. odds are, they will, since business will slow down right around the end of September, and they'll be in need of bookings.
Event vending is a fiendishly competitive industry. Everyone is constantly on the lookout for new clients, and they are using every possible tool to secure new business wherever they can. Yelp!, and other review sites have become an essential tool for making sure they continue to attract new clients, and vendors are desperate for positive reviews. So while you're negotiating prices and packages, inquire if your vendor would be willing to knock a few bucks off for leaving a positive review, or a Website Testimonial (or both).
Check the Links section of your prospective vendor's website. Do they have other vendors from other aspects of the industry listed there? Does the photographer you want provide a link to a videographer they know? Does the lighting company you want have a link to a DJ on their page? They might be friends with them. The certainly prefer working with them (hence the nod on their site). Ask both vendors if they provide any kind of discount for booking the two of them together. Partner discounts can be a great way to not only save a few bucks, but also ensure consistency and a friendly atmosphere at your event.
For extra fun, when booking your DJ, ask if you can book them without having any face-to-face meetings (try for Skype instead). The less the DJ has to spend on gas and coffee and other in-person meeting overhead, the more likely they are to cut you a break. If you were hoping the best man, or a groomsman could make the announcements instead of the DJ, ask if they could knock 10 or 20 dollars off the original price, for saving the DJ the trouble of dealing with announcements and the like. For a real saver, write out (and ideally, time) every song you want played at the wedding - from the processional music, to the Grand Entrance music, down to the reception dance party music. The less work your DJ has to do, the more likely they'll be to cut you some slack (since you cut them some). If you can provide the DJ, videographer, photographer, etc, with photos of the venue from different positions and angles, you can help them eliminate a lot of guesswork from their jobs, and speed up their setup and tear down times immensely. Again, this can be a money-saving bargaining position. This rule applies to any event anywhere. Corporate party? Christmas party? Blues festival? Music night at your brewery? It all applies here.
Are you an active or retired servicemember? Are you the head of the planning committee for a certified nonprofit? If so, you may be in luck. Most vendors will be happy to provide you with a discount, if you inquire. And in the case of nonprofits and charities, depending on the time of year, and the size of the vendor you are contacting, sometimes the vendor may be willing to donate time and/or equipment to your event, in exchange for a tax deduction later. Just be prepared to sign and notarize official documents to such ends if they agree to it.
And there you have it. A few money-saving tips to help you cut a few costs, and still get the most bang for your buck. Happy hunting!
Summer is just around the corner, and with summer, comes road trips, vacations, camping, and adventures galore. If you're tired of the same tunes on rotation in your CD player, and the ads on the radio are getting you down, check out the albums on this list, and get your motor running. There's something old, something new, something familiar, and something unexpected on here... a little something for everyone.
1. The Stadium Techno Experience - Scooter
Classic EDM, Trance, Progressive, Breaks, Techno, and Hard Trance converge for an album that is pure fire. It's a little on the old side, sure, but the songs stand the test of time, and will propel you into your next adventure.
2. Deep Purple In Rock - Deep Purple
One of the best Hard Rock albums of all time. Seminal Hard Rock and proto-meta at its finest. Child In Time is particularly excellent for those long summer drives, but the whole album is dynamite.
3. In Silico - Pendulum
Get ready for some serious heaviness. This album is crammed to the gills with raging Drum N' Bass and Breaks. Slamming basslines, thundering drums, and intense melodies make for an album that will probably land you a speeding ticket or two.
4. Le Voyage - Floorfilla
Bouncy, fun, high energy EDM, Trance, Techno, and House is the name of the game here. A little bit oldschool, but always a jolly time. Full on banging, hands in the air type tunes, but doesn't take itself too seriously. Good for sunny summer drives in the woods.
5. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
Classic Hard Rock by the legends themselves, Led Zeppelin. No roadtrip is complete without a little Zep blaring over the stereo. Stairway To Heaven provides excellent musical backing to nightfall, when you're driving on the coast.
6. Dimmi Perché - Highland
European hiphop + opera singing and classical melodies? What? Sure, it sounds confusing, but it sounds amazing. No better way to make your drive more epic than some heavy belting in Italian coupled with heavy bass beats.
7. Recess - Skrillex
Slamming Dubstep, Breaks, Glitch Hop, and Drumstep from the godfather of the modern American EDM, Skrillex. This album's chock full of gutsy, ferocious tunes that'll get your blood pumping. Great for those hot July afternoons.
8. Fly Toward The Sun - Dawnchaser
Uplifting, epic sounds, from an indie artist from the Pacific Northwest. Uplifting Trance, Progressive, Ambient, Breaks, and Hard Trance come together for an album that's a few parts bright and cheery, and a few parts dark and epic. This album's free, although you can donate a few bucks, and help support and independent artist.
9. Once - Nightwish
Finnish Symphonic Power Metal at its best. If you need some scream-your-lungs out, balls-to-the-wall music for racing down empty mountain highways, this is your album. Dramatic classical melodies collide with searing guitars and soaring vocals for one hell of a musical ride.
10. Screaming For Vengeance - Judas Priest
Saved the best for last one this one. Classic oldschool metal, from one of the greats. There's no better feeling than blasting You've Got Another Thing Coming when you're roaring down a deserted highway.