Juno Reactor in Sofia – a spectacle
The show of the multinational formation in “Universiada” hall in Sofia was very reminiscent of a theatrical play. At moments, the stage was like the scenery of a shamanic council – during a particularly mystic ritual.
The big attraction were the african percussionists from Amampondo, but the magnetic vocalist Taz Alexander and her colourful colleague Ghetto Priest were not less impressive per se.
The brain of Juno Reactor Ben Watkins was constantly torn between the pult and the electric guitar, but he looked happier when he chugged out rocking riffs.
Nina Nikolina, the bulgarian singer who joined the performance twice, was excellent – despite the critics, who doubted her vocal ability and place in such a concert.
Juno Reactor played little of their newest album “Gods and monsters” – and showed more of their material from the albums “Labyrinth” and “Shango”. Naturally, the audience reacted vividly to the big hit “Pistolero”, during which the japanese guitarist Sugizo shone.
Techno, trance, dance, pop, rock, industrial and ethno – we heard the dazzling combination that made the band famous worldwide live.