Psytrance music has gained slow momentum as a form of mainstream music and concert date event over the past few years. The sherpas guiding the genre's direction are Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani of Infected Mushroom. While the genre originally originated as a companion to psychedelic drugs, the Israeli group Infected Mushroom has brought psytrance music the most mainstream credibility it has ever received, along with pioneering new techniques and sounds that have revolutionized the genre. Infected Mushroom is also known for visually stunning concert dates which are apart of world tour that has been going non-stop since 1999. Luckily, for fans, Infected Mushroom continues the tour into 2011, with plenty of concert dates to come this year.
Eisen and Duvdevani (aka Duvdev) formed Infected Mushroom in 1998. Both artists had classical piano training, but each contributed something unique; Eisen had studied computerized music from a young age and Duvdevani had been immersed in Goa trance for a year in India. While the duo's earlier works were simple trance songs, their 1999 breakout album, The Gathering, featured a darker, atmospheric sound that became a huge hit. It was the first album to bring Israeli psytrance into the worldwide public eye, as well as the duo themselves. Infected Mushroom's 2000 follow-up album, Classical Mushroom, featured one of the group's most popular tracks, "Bust A Move," and is seen by purists as a prime example of psytrance music. Eisen and Duvdevani began pushing the boundaries of psytrance, incorporating numerous styles of music and classical instruments. Infected Mushroom also began cultivating concert dates that featured surreal atmospheres and intense visuals.
The 2004 album, IM The Supervisor, continued to infuse popular music genres with psytrance music, leaving some fans reeling on tour dates and others feeling like the addition of popular music was too commercial. Despite objections by fans, it became Infected Mushroom's most popular album up to that point and brought out record crowds to tours. In 2007, Infected Mushroom released their most controversial album, Vicious Delicious. The album moved further into the realm of mainstream music, even featuring the hip-hop influenced track "Artillery" to -- again -- mixed reviews.
Infected Mushroom's latest album, the 2009 hit Legend of the Black Shawarma, saw many of the unhappy traditionalists accepting the new movement of the group. The album was intended to be a concept album of the band's favorite eateries, but the concept was soon abandoned. Even with new albums being released, Infected Mushroom still has time to embark on international concert dates -- constantly. Infected Mushroom essentially hasn't stopped touring since 1999, although the format of the show and the songs played changes from year to year. In 2011, tour dates once again jump from country to country, with Infected Mushroom spending much of April in Northern Europe and the United States. The first half of May will be spent in South America, and from there the schedule gets pretty hectic with the group jumping around North America, Russia, and Spain. With a possible new album announcement on the horizon, fans should check Eventful for ticket information on the 2011 tour before Infected Mushroom goes back into the studio.
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