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Prepare yourself for Krakatau's stunning VOLITION. With its melting pot of distorted guitars, careening bass, drums, and various ethnic wind and string instruments, Krakatau not only gets off some searing leads but also creeps upon you slowly with a perverse dread. The opening "Brujo" is a warning glance of ominously escalating horns and moaning guitars. "Bullroarer" is two minutes of blistering feedback, rush-hour saxophones, and freeform rhythmatics. "Little Big Horn" beats upon intermittent lung bursts from Jone Takamaki, who meanders his way through drummer Alf Forsman's tingling cymbals and Raoul Bjorkenheim's sometimes Fripp-influenced guitar sustains. A daunting, tense atmosphere definitely powers this fearless quartet. Krakatau truly blurs Crimson-inflected progressive, improvisational jazz, and ethno-trance musics into a scarring new-world order.

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