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F# A# ∞

Godspeed You! Black Emperor


Post Rock/Math rock

4.14 | 472 ratings

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5 stars Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F#A# (infinity) 5 stars

The soundtrack to the apocalypse.

On this album, you can find some of the most tear jerking and emotional moving touches in music. That bill is brought out by a diverse instruments and exotic use of instrumentation. This band can even be considered a small orchestra, as many people do. This record is fully instrumental sans the dialogue sampling contained in the beginning of each of the three epic pieces.

Pertaining much too classical structures, each of the pieces can be broken down into movements, each having their elaborate purpose to serve the overall tone to the piece itself. There is also a lot of free-time and space left in the middle. This opens that gateway for lush ambience and prolonged silences, all to fit the greater mood which is complete darkness. There is absolutely no happiness to be found anywhere in this album. Some of the subjects the album deals with are war, violence and poverty. This band aims their ideals at America, which is kind of strange since they're Canadian.

What sets Godspeed You! Black Emperor above the rest in their genre pool is such simple things that they add into their music like their dynamics, crescendos/decrescendos, bends and feeling. All these things don't take practice or proficiency in ones instrument, but just the emotion that one wants to put into setting or building up to a peak and letting everything fall out into abrupt chaos.

The dialogue samples add a picture to the music, I can easily view what the person speaking and the music is trying to portray. This band is cinematic.

This album is one of a kind to me. I can't think of any other band that can get a message across like this. Don't expect a typical rap against government crap like Rage against the Machine; these are guys that aim of the societal problem in America.

ProgBagel | 5/5 |


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