Juno Reactor
The Golden Sun Of The Great East


3.5
great

Review

by Acanthus USER (46 Reviews)
April 29th, 2013 | 37 replies


Release Date: 04/23/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With a nod to their older work, Juno Reactor continue to show a willingness to tweak their own sound regardless of the potential fan reaction.

Juno Reactor carved out their own genre niche some time ago, and while the sound continues to evolve albums such as Gods & Monsters really began to make people wonder if the Juno Reactor of old was ever going to come back. Dropping many of the more upbeat moments of its predecessors, the album was a step into a much more slower, vocal driven territory; one that I feared may have made it's return on the bands latest album, The Golden Sun Of The Great East.

For the most part I was wrong.

Though the group has always employed some type of world/tribal influences in their work, TGSOTGE continues to twist these soundscapes into a more slow beast; though none drag on as much as the oft criticized "Tokyo Dub", most lack the frantic pacing of "Navaras" (or Labyrinth in general for that matter). The lack of true guest vocals brings the album back to Bible Of Dreams territory, (though TGSOFTGE lacks a "Conga Fury") and the tracks are still long, which allows space for some interesting developments and swift album opinion decisions; a stellar example being the track "Zombie".

A somewhat dissonant piano intro and cliche zombie film quote start of the track, and easily seem as if they'd be more at home on the latest Rob Zombie record than a Juno Reactor album. Regardless of the opening choices the track soon mormphs into something compelling with the addition of a male-female call/answer vocal stem, "I need you/I love you so much". These simple yet slightly distorted voices become the center of "new" track, as drums and piano shape themselves around these two figures professions of love. Short stabs of an orchestra and a beat reminiscent of "Navaras" tease the listener, but remain subtle enough to give the track its own identity, and while the journey doesn't build into something of epic sonic proportions it's still far more worthwhile than it would initially seem; such are the moments of TGSOTGE.

In the end that's one of the main issues when listening to Juno Reactor, as having built such a fan base in the span of a few key albums many will constantly be wanting more of what made them love the band and draw comparisons (which by nature tend to be found lacking). There is merit in TGSOTGE, from the building intro and Vangelis-esque horn sweeps of "Final Frontier", to the mean low-key grooves and chanting of "Trans Siberian", and ending with the way "Playing With Fire" hints at an overarching concept, the album definitely carves its own niche. The slight homages to the groups prior work highlight the fact that the band is going to continue to do their own thing and develop upon their sound, regardless of thoughts on such direction.



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Acanthus
April 28th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been awhile, having issues with proper recs as I've been in psytrance territory lately and the world influences here are throwing me off; also been working a bit too much.

Anyways this is worth a look, and a personal 4 for me.

Calc
April 28th 2013


12292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

roolz.

doesn't come out till May though

Digging: Stolas - Allomaternal

mindleviticus
April 28th 2013


8325 Comments


Getting this. Great review.

Acanthus
April 28th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Worth getting, really love everything I've heard from them and G&M was a real grower.

Album art is cool too.

Acanthus
April 28th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Calc - Band website says album is out now

http://www.junoreactor.com/new-album/

Calc
April 28th 2013


12292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn you right, I read it was pushed back to the 3rd.

Acanthus
April 28th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Weird, glad that's not the case though (buy now link shows 22 in stock atm).

Calc
April 28th 2013


12292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy shit that was a fast feature

Gyromania
April 28th 2013


15964 Comments


definitely need to hear this. shango was (and still is) the shit

pizzamachine
April 28th 2013


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band pwns, Shango rules

Gyromania
April 28th 2013


15964 Comments


accidentally called it jango bahaha

Gyromania
April 28th 2013


15964 Comments


masters of the universe is still one of my favourite songs ever

pizzamachine
April 28th 2013


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The drum part in that song is insane. This album is just always fun to listen to.

Gyromania
April 28th 2013


15964 Comments


i know right?! by 'this album' you mean shango, right?

pizzamachine
April 28th 2013


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol yeah that's what I meant XD

Acanthus
April 28th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feature, my third(?) ever!

Glad to see other people love the band, still need their first two albums to complete the LP
collection; definitely a favorite group of mine.

NapalmCrusader
April 28th 2013


1737 Comments


Need to check this, love shango and labyrinth

firewasp
April 28th 2013


62 Comments


6 out of 9 for me at the moment and im pretty sure the longer tracks will catch up to the rest of the album in no time

Necrotica
April 28th 2013


10060 Comments


Huh, Juno Reactor, wonder where they got that name from lol

Dunpeal
April 29th 2013


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not sure if you're referring to FF7, if so they've been established since 1990



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