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Explosions In The Sky


Post Rock/Math rock

3.91 | 217 ratings

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4 stars "The Earth is not a Cold dead Place" is a fantastic instrumental album which is almost completely focused on guitars, which are used in weird and wonderful ways. The use of guitars on "The Earth is not a Cold dead Place" is phenomenal and the band is able to create lush sound scapes through the combination of these instruments. Yet, they did not over do the guitars, and they are used more as a fill in instrument and than a lead one. The percussion is also very well done on "The Earth is not a Cold dead Place" and I think the band were able to use snare drums very well throughout the album, particularly on "The Only Moment We Were alone" and "First Breath After Coma."

There is something that makes this album very unique, but I can't put my finger on it. Anyway it is a very, very good album to listen to. There are no obnoxious or dreadful sounds and all the music flows very well. There is nothing dark or heavy (although there are a few loud sections) about this album which I find very refreshing, I am tired of all modern prog being metal of some kind. Even is there are loud passages they meld well into the context of the song. Post-Rock is a good genre in that respect, it is taking a path away from metal from what I've heard.

Looking at instrumental albums "The Earth is not a Cold dead Place" is up with the best in my opinion. It is almost as good as The Snow Goose; both of these albums are experimental and excel in creating beautiful sound scapes. All songs run for a minimum of 8 minutes and a maximum of 10, so the themes are explored thoroughly. The best songs on the album are "Six Days on the Bottom of the Ocean" and "Memorial", though the entire album is very impressive. When I listen to "The Earth is not a Cold dead Place" I get images of the sea in my head, which are very pleasant. I have to comment on the cover art of "The Earth is not a Cold dead Place", I like the way the trees on the inside of the CD booklet are green and alive, while the trees on the outside are on fire.

1. First Breath After Coma (4/5) 2. The Only Moment We Were Alone (5/5) 3. Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean (5/5) 4. Memorial (4/5) 5. Your Hand in Mine (4/5) Total=22 divided by 5 (number of Stars) =4.4 = 4 stars excllent adittion to any prog music collection

In the end, how could I not give "The Earth is not a Cold dead" Place at least 4 stars (shamless editing, hahah), it dares (along with many other bands) to challenge both prog and normal music. And of course, it is an amazing album, one of the best I've ever heard. It is, in my opinion the best Post-Rock album I've heard so far (Including Sigur Ros and God Speed You Black Emperor stuff.) Thanks to Dalezilla for the recommendation! I recommend "The Earth is not a Cold dead Place" to Post-Rock fans primarily and to instrumental lovers as well as other prog fans. It is an enjoyable album for all. Also, have you noticed that Post-Rock bands have the longest song and band names?

Australian | 4/5 |


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