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Godspeed You! Black Emperor


Post Rock/Math rock

4.13 | 546 ratings

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3 stars Patience

The best way to approach this behemoth of a record is carefully, considered, and patient. Out of all the Godspeed records, this may be the most difficult to absorb. This is one of the few records that really takes effort to listen to in order to have a concept for its purpose. The band really control their artistic content here, forcing the listener to have a good attention span or else almost all will be lost.

If you've ever hated when a band has a good concept but never expands on it, you'll feel right at home here, where every idea is meticulously thought out. The pace is a sauntering Sunday walk and never hurried (although I find this hurts the record in some sections), this might be the slowest album I've listened to.

This album is one of the few albums I have that I will love in certain parts and absolutely can't stand others. Part's of Storm, especially, are really breathtaking, and some of the best moments in prog for any band. However, I can't help but associate this record especially to that of Yes's Tales due to the myriad sections of absolute nothingness (although I despise everything in TFTO and actually enjoy this). There are times when you will go 8 minutes before hearing something you can truly enjoy, embrace, and relate to; the time between those 8 minutes will be filled with extended notes that never fade out, vocal spoken passages that add little to the songs(other than length), and to a degree some concepts in minimalism.

When the songs actually do get moving, they are quite enjoyable and quite entertaining. They will take you on a fun ride and you will literally be killing yourself to skip to these sections again on replays because they capture an essence that is rarely found. I really prefer F#A# infiniti over 'Lift...' but that's not to say that many would not love this record, and it is ideal to understanding the concept of post-rock.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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