on January 3, 2004
Boyd Rice (Non) has created another masterpiece. Children Of The Black Sun is an enthralling work of art that entrances and captivates from beginning to end. Many of the songs on this album are closely connected, and have an overall feeling of being movements from a singular piece rather than separate songs altogether.
From the first song, "Arka", a mood of unrest and impending evil is invoked. The song slowly builds into the chilling "Black Sun". The moods and textures on this album are generally ambient, unsettling, and darkly cold, yet hypnotic and calming at the same time. When listened to as an entire experience, the album can be described as a subtly woven canvas of all shades in the spectrum. Songs like "The Fountain Of Fortune" are radiantly beautiful, and the last song, "Son Of The Sun", though very short, is majestic and haunting.
Children Of The Black Sun is an emotional journey that is meant to be experienced as an entire piece - a beautiful sculptural sound work of art. It is not an album for the casual listener, however. Children Of The Black Sun is very subtle and very intense, and would perhaps bore or maybe even frighten the pop-oriented casual listener.
If you are a fan of Non's other instrumental works, such as Blood And Flame or Receive The Flame (especially the latter), you would most likely enjoy Children Of The Black Sun - I highly recommend this album.
on September 3, 2002
This new release by NON (a.k.a. Boyd Rice) is another instrumental album like its predecessor "Receive The Flame" ...but there the similarities end. (That album was also issued as a 7" vinyl record featuring locked grooves based on the CD tracks. In a way, listening to the loops repeat themselves endlessly was as good as playing the CD, perhaps better.)
This new release is very "composed" by comparison. Exceptionally fluid, with one track melting into the next, it evokes dark dreamscapes that set a new benchmark for the "dark ambient" genre. While Mr. Rice has created isolated tracks like this before on previous releases, this is the first time that an entire album has been devoted to it. While not harsh, like so many earlier NON releases, this will not disappoint anyone who enjoys the work of Boyd Rice. In fact, it demonstrates his ability to master any realm of industrial music, be it loud with a lyrical emphasis on Social Darwinism or, in this case, a "softer" instrumental album that takes the dark side to new heights in a vastly different manner.
Highly recommended as an "introduction" to NON or as another great addition to Mr. Rice's ever-expanding discography.
on December 18, 2002
Boyd Rice, under the "NON" moniker, has been making dark experimental for over 20 years. This album follows his last, "Recieve the Flame" in a meditative, austere direction. Past are the loud voiced proclimations of war, might, force, conquest, it is now time for quiet confidence in an astounding musical statement. This album explores certain strains of gnostic mythology, particularly "underground stream" styled gnosis (there are many gnostic mythos). This is dark, almost lovecraftian, but spiritual and awake. I would recomend this to anyone, though it will be accepted by few.