by Juno Reactor
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Juno Reactor are best known for their over the top cinematic trance epics utilized in equally overwrought action adventure films like The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolution, and the sweeping strings that open their sixth full-length album in just over a decade instigate a familiar rush for those who like their adventure administered with a fair amount of sci-fi/fantasy flair. But the warm-up of "Conquistador I" is so long, as it pulls back from digital orchestration to ethnic guitar meandering, that when the industrial-techno stomp of "Conquistador II" finally kicks in, it is almost jarring. It is also one of the few moments that Juno Reactor isn't kicking video game butt, as "Giant" hits even harder with Reece basslines pilfered from the darker side of jungle and "War Dogs" fully warps into an electronic metal band, albeit one with some kitchy world music leanings. This all-genre stomp of course finds its apex in "Mona Lisa Overdrive" and "Navaras," the two tracks taken from the Matrix films, remixed here but still shameless in their cathartic orchestral epiphanies. Only the dirge of "Angels and Men" offers reprieve for an entire song, although blaze-and-smolder dynamics are one of the group's specialties throughout. Those who loved Juno Reactor for their hyperdrive psychedelic trance of yore may or may not appreciate this direction taken in earnest since 2000's Shango. But perhaps a new generation raised on Xbox adrenalin blasts can handle the shock'n'awe.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2004
Label: Metropolis Records
UPC: 0782388034623
catalogNumber: 80346
Rank: 78008

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Juno Reactor   Primary Artist
Youth   Bass Guitar
Don Davis   Conductor
Mike Fisher   Percussion
Greg Hunter   Bass Guitar
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Eduardo Niebla   Guitar
Nick Burton   Percussion
Risenga Makondo   Percussion
Simpiwe Matole   Percussion
Calina de la Mare   Violin
Diane Charlemagne   Vocals
Lakshmi Shankar   Vocals
Deepak Ram   Vocals
Azam Ali   Vocals
Mabi Thobejane   Percussion,Vocals
Taz Alexander   Vocals
Gocoo   taiko
Tigram   Ney
Scarlet   Guitar
Greg Ellis   Percussion,Drums
Susan Hendricks   Vocals
Budgie   Drums

Technical Credits

Toto   Engineer
Don Davis   Orchestration
Greg Hunter   Engineer
Juno Reactor   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Eduardo Niebla   Composer
Ben Watkins   Composer
Nick Burton   Drum Editing
Mabi Thobejane   Composer
Xavier Morel   Composer,Sound Effects
Scott Oyster   Engineer
Taz Alexander   Composer
Simon Watkins   Collage

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Labyrinth 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps not what you'd want to listen for relaxation, but it's great otherwise, try it for driving music on road trips. Endless repetitive (but still fun) music; I guarantee you'll be awake while you listen to it .Recommended tracks: M.L. overdrive, zwara, Angels
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are some good tracks on C2 (awesome industrial stuff) and the Matrix tracks. But somehow, like the review mentioned, I am more of a fan of their earlier trance stuff, like Shango, Bible of Dreams and the amazing single, Hotaka. They should stick to that style in the just sounds so much better.