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Artist: Juno Reactor (@)
Title: The Golden Sun Of The Great East
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis (@)
Rated: *****
If we leave aside a couple of interesting remix collections, "Inside The Reactor" and "From The Land Of The Rising Sun" (the second part of "Inside The Reactor"), the phenomenal project by talented British producer Bew Watkins, which has gained a certain notoriety and a lot of approval for the fact he managed to put goa-trance, psychedelic techno, orchestral layers and ethnic music in the blender in order to squeeze highly synesthetic and powerfully magmatic condensed soups, has been out of service since 2008, so that many fans of Juno Reactor will be happy for this resurgence which sounds as a comeback as well due to some resemblances with his past works. The cover artwork itself could resemble both somehow profane/sacred references Mr.Watkins often recall, mainly justifiable by the intent of representing the deranged absurdity of the exploitation of religions for undermost purposes which marks human history than an act of groundless blasphemy (gas-masks into Nativity scene and rifles for little angels are really meaningful and bright ideas), and collage art he often recalls - think about artwork of his goa-trance explosive release "Beyond The Infinite" -, whereas the sound seems to be related to the frenzy whirling goa-trance of the above-mentioned "Beyond The Infinite" (particularly on incendiary tracks such as "Guillotine", "Final Frontier" or the frightening "Zombie", which got inspired by these monsters who became somehow fashionable for no other reason than the "gene mutation" or the imaginary evolutionary step from humanity to "zombietude" seems to be provoked by the brand new capitalistic slavery nd its inner inferences), flaming ethnic insertion of "Shango" and "Bible Of Dreams" (the catching heavy "gipsy" guitar strokes on "Final Frontier" could be the first clue), post-apocalytic nuances and a bunch of tricks he transplanted from music for the silver screen: the initial "Final Frontier" itself seems to include many references to the final theme of Blade Runner, whose contributing factor could be the inclusion of some horns who are not so different from the ones Vangelis used for that notorious soundtrack. Moreover Juno Reactor keeps on interlacing a solid narrative congruence together with an immediate emotional impact, which penetrates sensory system to the point that listeners could vividly experience the heat of flames, the mystical flight ofa prayer, the heartache of a mother, the terror of an air raid, the bewilderment of an orphan, the aloneness of a recluse, the pain of a whiplash by means of headbanging breaks, mesmerizing sequences, breath-taking sonic architecture and a remarkable effort on sampling and building of motifs. From the initial ignition of "Final Frontier" to the final woebegone anthem of "Playing With Fire", which could resemble the sense of tragedy of some moments of "Songs from Beuern" in the end, "The Golden Sun Of The Great East" radiates dazzling light to ears and brains.



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