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Dead lock (DEADLOCK.XM)

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  • DEADLOCK.XM is a XM format module. Uncompressed, it is 493.64KB in size and has been downloaded 136700 times since Wed 1st Jan 1997 :D

Info Info

  • Mod Archive ID: 35280
  • Downloads: 136700
  • Favourited: 213 times
  • MD5: 84d09a89de4998aad278ef8dbb9be982
  • Format: XM
  • Channels: 24
  • Uncompressed Size: 493.64KB
  • Genre: Pop - Synth

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  • Member Rating: rating (9 / 10)
  • Reviewer Rating: rating (10)

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member Posted by Zyrox on Fri 24th May 2024, rated 10 / 10.

This is fucking sweet! Elwood making this back in the late 90s must of been blown away with his own creation and how it sounded!

member Posted by RedStealth on Tue 9th Jan 2024, rated 10 / 10.

The song is called "Dead Lock" but I'd argue it's living freedom. It really creates a powerful sensation of exciting, energetic adventure through some kind of fantastical world.

member Posted by Flashira on Mon 27th Feb 2023, rated 10 / 10.

Can't believe I never left a commend on this module until now. Truly ahead of its time.

member Posted by Melmac on Mon 29th Mar 2021, rated 10 / 10.

After leaving the Atari ST (and Amiga) I forgot about tracker music. Until one day my friend showed me FastTracker 2 and played this song. I just dropped my jaw to the beasement! What a tune!
Fantastic use of all the channels anf great samplaes and effects!

member Posted by cs127 on Sun 13th Sep 2020, rated 10 / 10.

10/10. I love it. With the hardware limitations of the time, still sound better than a lot of today's music.

member Posted by Enk on Sun 19th Jul 2020, rated 10 / 10.

This is an absolutely brilliant top track in its genre, I have such love for its super-dynamic lead melodies, driving rhythms and wonderful backing arpeggios and pads. It's so well thought-out, and just such a thrill to hear!

member Posted by Atekuro on Fri 15th Mar 2019, rated 10 / 10.

deadlock is awesome, I'm not kidding, I'm giving this a 10/10

member Posted by inactivee on Mon 9th Apr 2018, rated 10 / 10.

A truly great composition. This sounds so high quality, even only with the 8-bit mono samples it has. Even if the samples themselves aren't very high in sampling rate and stuff it still sounds fantastic!

member Posted by ... on Thu 22nd Feb 2018, rated 10 / 10.

Repeat repeat repeat repeat repeat...

member Posted by Beyond on Mon 13th Nov 2017, rated 10 / 10.


member Posted by DragShot on Fri 3rd Jun 2016, rated 10 / 10.

I downloaded this into my phone and now it's deadlocked. I can't stop it from playing, but I don't care!

Listening to this track should be catalogued like one of the things that should be done at least once before you die. Insta-fave on top of all my previously favourited modules!

Zhen out of zhen!

member Posted by HellasPhoros on Sat 23rd Apr 2016, rated 10 / 10.

Golden Hit. Best seller.This kind of track is what I would like to play in a special club devoted to scene/tracker/chiptune/trance music.

Probably the most brilliant track ever made.

Great mood, great vibe, great orchestration, sweet instruments and an uplifting effect that I shall never forget, for sure.

Hey guys! That's what music was supposed to be.

We want more.. Please Elwood! Please produce some more stuff like this!

God bless all the great guys in the scene.

member Posted by -deleted- on Thu 24th Dec 2015, rated 10 / 10.

If you haven't downloaded this, you must do so now! This is the best XM song out there!

member Posted by Alazu on Thu 4th Jun 2015, rated 10 / 10.

All Hail lord Mighty Elwood well Don't hail him and He's no Lordy Lord but gees did this with no HelP?! Honest to goodness its a Trackering Miracle well almost...

member Posted by Hakken on Fri 19th Dec 2014, rated 10 / 10.

Great module! I'm Speechless.

member Posted by Ponyboy on Fri 1st Feb 2013, rated 9 / 10.

I like this, but it does not live up to the masterpiece Sweet Dreams by the same author. (see: sweetdre.xm)

member Posted by goodyntox on Sun 21st Aug 2011, rated 7 / 10.

Nice tune but I am not fond of the genre.

member Posted by aiko81 on Sat 9th Jul 2011, rated 10 / 10.

Very awesome tune. I first heard it while playing a Jazz Jackrabbit 2 episode, in which it was used. I love listening to it for now more than ten years.

member Posted by Arne Puszelski on Wed 24th Mar 2010, rated 10 / 10.

Great Pop-music with an outstanding melody. Only great the music feeling! Thanks for this music!

member Posted by BST on Wed 10th Mar 2010, rated 10 / 10.

Simply one of the BEST dance song I've heard! Very beautiful fx and melody. Arrangement made by a very professional composer. In short, a superb nice tune.

member Posted by Jakim on Tue 26th Jan 2010, rated 10 / 10.

Epic piece, definitely one of these modules, which everyone should recognize. Many changes, complex background and - the most important thing - excellent lead. Still unbeatable.

member Posted by Anders Dator Felix Dator on Sat 10th Jan 2009, rated 10 / 10.

I've been listening to this module for over 10 years on a regular basis and I still find impressive technical details in it. Plus i still get goose bumps from this module. It's probably the main reason why a lot of kids start tracking. The composition technique and the melody are flawless. This is indeed the best module ever written.

member Posted by masterofpc on Sat 21st Jun 2008, rated 10 / 10.

Wow!! Excellent tracker music. It is just stuck in my ears and won't come out! :D

member Posted by simon_smith on Sat 3rd Nov 2007, rated 9 / 10.

Y es, how to make FastTracker jump through hoops, by Elwood. Excellent technically, and a tune, something many other composers seem to overlook. On the other hand, if I grade it 10, how do I rate his later stuff? So, 8-9 then.

member Posted by i7 on Mon 8th Oct 2007, rated 10 / 10.

This is pretty much the greatest extend mod ever! It should be the fast tracker anthem it's amazing! The catchy melodies, the insane effects flying all over the place, this song just gets in your head. It's a testament to Elwood's skill that he wrote this when he was 16! Just go listen now.

member Posted by Decibelter on Thu 24th May 2007, rated 10 / 10.

It's gone 10 years since I randomly downloaded this song from a BBS. The mere fact that someone gave this tune a 9, hurts me deeply. This is the ultimate XM, the best there is, perhaps. I've heard two perfect tracked songs throughout the years (in my humble opinion, of course). This is one of them, the other one being Space Debris. This tune is awesome from beginning to the end. Period. Listen and learn. And ask yourself before giving it another 9 (or God forbid anything less); who are you to judge? My score: 11 - Most Excellent and Awesome to the Max

member Posted by Pip Malt on Wed 16th May 2007, rated 9 / 10.

Nifty synth-pop song by Elwood. The lead sounds great. The melodies are stuck in my head! Some of the melodies bear a remarkable resemblance to one of BeaT's songs. BeaT did the copying, though, because his songs came later than this. The drums and beat are very nice. The transitions are great! Very cool. There are a few thin parts, so hence the 9 instead of 10.

member Posted by m0d on Tue 1st May 2007, rated 10 / 10.

This is one of the best i've heard of Elwood. I must admit I only actually came across it today after seeing it listed in the comments, now i'm quite bemused as how this one managed to pass me by. Superly composed, splendid use of the samples and what an amazing stereo image it creates! Technically and musically impressive.

member Posted by Saga Musix on Tue 1st May 2007, rated 10 / 10.

This is Elwood's greatest tune! It's just perfect! Again, Elwood turns crappy samples into one of the most wonderfull songs i have ever heard - and you don't even notice that they are from so bad quality. When i listened to this tune for the first time, the intro already caught me. i wanted to listen to more of this stuff - and the tune became even better! The tune is so insanely happy, really! Get it! now! :)

member Posted by TMA Placeholder Account on Fri 10th Sep 1999, rated 10 / 10.

this is a great song by elwood I especially like the way he blend each part of the song together to make an up-beat cheery track it gets you involved in the music much like purple motion,skaven and necros tracks brilliant! it is amazing how elwood can get real crap samples and turn them into an amazing masterpiece by doing effects etc. his chord inversion makes the song very interesting and worth listening to and the way he makes the lead completely different but still keeps the song listenable is amazing. elwood rules!

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Saga Musix reviewed this module with an overall score of 10 / 10
Posted on Thu 1st Nov 2007

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Info Internal Texts *

      Composed by :
        -  Elwood -

Finished 1995

Jussi Salmela
Ruhankatu 7
38710 Kankaanpää

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