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Boomkat Product Review:
Naming his newest album 'Life Cycle Of A Massive Star', you can't accuse Roly Porter of a lack of ambition or scope. In key with that theme, the album features five long tracks of intriguing, almost Wagnerian orchestration and power electronics conveying an awe-inspiring energy and emotive impact which fulfils its implied widescreen brief. Coincidentally it also arrives in the same week as Ideologic Organ's reissue of Iancu Dumitrescu's masterpiece, 'Pierres Sacrées', with which it also shares some similarities in its appreciation of visceral scale, from fizzing particles to macroscopic celestial detonations. But where Dumitrescu's effort is largely subtle, Porter prefers explicit dynamics and the sort of wide-eyed, soundtrack-y wonder that you'd almost expect Stephen Hawkings or David Attenborough to be narrating. In that sense, at times it comes close to Leyland Kirby's emotive catharsis on the 'Intrigue & Stuff' series, especially in the free-floating grandeur of 'Gravity', whilst 'Birth' aims for the lofty heights of Vangelis classics, albeit with a modernist techno climax which, like the epic 10 minute journey of 'Clouds' also recalls the sweeping gestures of recent Oneohtrix Point Never.