Arnej Secerkadic never seems to stop working. He’s slowly but surely turned out one solid production after another and as of late, has showcased his work on his own label, Arnej Music. With The Second Coming, his latest EP on familiar friend Coldharbour, he makes it clear that his distinctive style of carefully-produced darker progressive trance is still a consistent show of skill.
The title track of the EP is best experienced through the dramatic intro mix, which opens with a series of horn blasts that might make you feel like you’ve landed in the Inception soundtrack, and quickly segues into a searing lead and dark, lush progressive bass. Follow-up track 7even is less theatrical, but relentless in its energy; there’s almost no true single break to speak of, but just a constant push and pull of dynamics throughout the entire duration.
Pariah rounds out the EP with an eargasm-inducing bassline that makes up for the break, which offers one of the weaker points in the EP. As with all of Coldharbour’s best productions, the melodies and track structure may not be as uplifting as those found in more melodic trance, but the sound design is masterfully executed to compensate in turn, and Arnej is an undisputed master of this balance. The Second Coming is definitely worth your ears—I’d be up for a third and fourth. Pick up the release on Beatport.