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ALL IS VIOLENT, ALL IS BRIGHT

God Is An Astronaut

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.92 | 127 ratings

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Tristan Mulders
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4 stars God is an Astronaut - All is violent, all is bright

It was only fairly recent that I discovered this album. I read a lot of positive comments on them and decided to check upon them as soon as possible. This eventually meant that I obtained a copy of their 2005 studio album 'All is Violent, All is Bright', which is what this review will be all about.

This 48 minutes lasting, 10 tracks comprising album is a full-blown instrumental and all the songs included here are epic soundscapes, which on occasions share resemblances with Sigur Rs and Godspeed! You black Emperor, whereas on other moments they distinctly remind me of the epic space rockers of British bands Oceansize and Amplifier.

If this album resembles their typical sound, then I cannot wait to get my hands on the other items included in their discography. Breathy synthesizers accompany the melodic guitar segments and the drummer creates a great foundation for the others to work on freely.

The link to Sigur Rs wasn't made only because the compositions remind me of some of their work, but also because the vocals here are, just like those of Sigur Rs vocalist Jnsi Birgission's, used as an important aspect of the composition. they are in fact an instrument for the band to use!

I find that time flies by when I listen to this album, the various melodies are not too complicated, for prog rock standards that is, but the overall combination of the various instruments, the spacey atmosphere, the variation in melodies, chords, pace etc. just make me really appreciate this album. What impressed me a lot was the use of drum computers on a couple of tracks, without losing the epic sound that they manage to create song upon song upon song. I cannot wait to replay the album when the closing track When everything dies has ended, indicating that the last 48 minutes, yet again, flew by without realising it was that long a time.

In short: you like heavy distorted walls of sound? You like spacey, breathy keyboards, you like intensive but laidback drumming? You like melodic as well as distorted guitars? --> Listen to this!

Tristan Mulders | 4/5 |

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