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Godspeed You! Black Emperor


Post Rock/Math rock

4.13 | 559 ratings

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4 stars When i first looked at the bands titles and artwork i was expecting this to be completely insane music. and i mean ummagumma + piper + neu! + frank zappa! I was pleasantly surprised after when i pressed play i was intruiged to hear very beautiful, chilled and emotional. This album uses a similar layout to "Tales From Topographic Oceans" by YES because it is a double album with 2 tracks on each, lasting around 20 mins, and it is also incredibly demanding to listen to. This album is even more demanding than TFTO so it is not for everyone.

My personal favourite tracks on this double album were "Storm" and "Antennas to Heaven". Each track shows a very progressive, demanding and extremely experimental array of different instruments played by our crazy nontet. Some of the downfalls are that sometimes it can feel like these pieces lack direction as they have such a slow build up by they eventually build up. I'm not sure if this album aims to captivate people, it's morely something to chillout to. The music is very ambient with different layers of sound experimented throughout. The arrangement on this album is flawless and the ambience kind of reminded me of the Silent Hill sountracks (excellent to track down, even if you dont like the games).

There is a wonderful atmosphere on this album as it is very chilled yet does not lack depth and energy. It feels like a mini orchestra and i could imagine "Storm" being performed by an huge orchestra as it is filled with so much beauty and passion. "Static" manages to piece together some powerful messages with the voiceover on the album. I like albums that send out a message and Godspeed have mastered that perfectly with their artwork and their titles and controversial image. Probably the biggest contradiction of rebellion and peacefulness i have ever experienced. Bands like Manic Street Preachers, Rage Against the Machine and Radiohead sound like they could thouroughly enjoy this band.

This album offers something new, daring, experimental and heavenly to listen to. Its likely that you will have difficulty listening to this album but i think the work contains a mood that anyone can want to share. I definetly recommend you try this band as it is something completely extraordinary, even if you dont like them i think you will definetly get some fullfilment out of this album.

frenchie | 4/5 |


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