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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait and well worth buying
Juno Reactor are best known for experimenting different elements of music combined with trance. They have already added Indian, African, Japanese and even heavy metal into their past songs, eg: God is God, Hotaka, Conga Fury etc. Labyrinth focuses more on the orchestra side.
Conquistador I: This song is about the Spanish who went to America in the 16th Century and...
Published on 3 Jan. 2005 by Exo Skull

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1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting music, awful sound quality
I remember reading multiple reviews a while back claiming that "Death Magnetic" by "Metallica" was the most over compressed album ever created.

Well they clearly over looked this album. This is a mess. I don't mind an album being loud, but the signal clips like nothing i've ever seen before. Even the SACD version sounds awful and shouldn't exist...
Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by Fraser S


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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait and well worth buying, 3 Jan. 2005
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This review is from: Labyrinth (Audio CD)
Juno Reactor are best known for experimenting different elements of music combined with trance. They have already added Indian, African, Japanese and even heavy metal into their past songs, eg: God is God, Hotaka, Conga Fury etc. Labyrinth focuses more on the orchestra side.
Conquistador I: This song is about the Spanish who went to America in the 16th Century and the song has some vocals singing in Latin (I think) along with calm gongs and a flamenco guitar. Very relaxing.
Conquistador II: Continued from Conquistador I, this is where the hard hitting trance kicks in with African vocals, some orchestra element and some brilliant percussion from Mabi Thobejane (from Shango).
Giant: My favourite on the album. This is "Masters of The Universe" meets "Hulelam" in a way. It has a very fast drumbeat, I mean "very fast" and it has chanting vocals going "Aaah, eeeeeyyy". This song can really psyche you up
War Dogs: What really amazed me about this song is the vocals from Taz Alexander and the lyrics are beautifully sung. On the music side it starts with some orchestra violins with drum beats and with some guitars and some percussion
Mona Lisa Overdrive: Taken from Matrix Reloaded, this one is a much shorter version to the original 10 minute piece. This one has vocals in it from Taz Alexander making the song more interesting.
Zwara: This one is a rather bizarre one as it has some chanting in it at the start and with male vocals. The music side however is the strength because it has a very mysterious feel to it with a very calm but deadly beat.
Mutant Message: The darkest song on the album as it has very mysterious violin and piano in it and on top of them a voice talking in German (I think) and the trance bit comes about 2 minutes into it. With the violin and piano playing, it makes you feel as though something is about to jump out and get you.
Angels and Men: The calmest on the album. This is something to also chill out to as it doesn't have any hard hitting beats in it, just calm melodies. It also has Taz singing in English singing "Be Silent" and "Why you so afraid of the face of God?"
Navras: The original song from Matrix Revolutions. It starts with opera singers singing in Indian and then kicks in with some orchestra work from Don Davis. A minute and 13 seconds into it, the beat kicks in with some more opera/chanting in Indian along with that sample from "Silver" (ee, ee oh). About 3 minutes into it, the trance beats stops and Don Davis continued with his orchestra for about 3 and a half minutes and then Juno Reactor return with their beats and chants. This carries on until the end with the opera ending the song very strongly.
This is a brilliant change of direction from Juno Reactor and well worth getting for all who are mad about Juno Reactor (like me, LOL). Any who are just starting to like them, this is an element that you should try out see what you think about the trance side. A definite 10 out of 10.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond trance, 21 Mar. 2005
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This review is from: Labyrinth (Audio CD)
Juno Reactor started out as a fairly standard, although good, psy trance act but only really hit their stride with the epic 'Bible of dreams' where they started to incorporate live instruments, most notably African drums. With the next album 'Shango' JR became even more eclectic fusing their trance-techno sound with 'worldbeat', introducing flamenco onto 'Pistolero'. 'Labyrinth' continues down this path but is even more meaty and powerful than the previous 2 releases. Highlights of the album are the 2 part 'Conquistador' which starts off 'Pistolero' like with flamenco guitar and builds up into a dancefloor monster. The 2 'Matrix' tracks 'Mona Lisa Overdrive' and 'Navras' are massive beat driven soundscapes that enhanced what were 2 quite poor films. 'Zwara' is the best track IMO, a fierce percussion driven tribal techno beast. If you're not that familiar with JR, dont write them off as another faceless and dull trance by numbers act. They're way removed from that scene. They're probably now much closer to the likes of Transglobal Underground although the techno element is more pronounced. If you like TU and other 'worldbeat' groups or the more intelligent end of techno - Underworld, Fluke etc - then 'Labyrinth' is well recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, 13 Mar. 2011
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This is just one of those albums that will either do it for you, or it won't. Go to You Tube and watch 'Moscow Commute'. If you find yourself wanting the soundtrack then this is for you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting music, awful sound quality, 21 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Labyrinth (Audio CD)
I remember reading multiple reviews a while back claiming that "Death Magnetic" by "Metallica" was the most over compressed album ever created.

Well they clearly over looked this album. This is a mess. I don't mind an album being loud, but the signal clips like nothing i've ever seen before. Even the SACD version sounds awful and shouldn't exist.

It's a shame, because the idea behind the artist and the music intrigued me, but either they mastered this album themselves or they gave the job to somebody else who clearly didn't have a clue what they were doing.

There is literally no dynamic range at all. You can't have loud without the quiet, otherwise the audio will just sound flat and dull, which this album certainly does.
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