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God Is An Astronaut

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3.51 | 49 ratings | 2 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Worlds in Collision (7:39)
2. In the Distance Fading (4:31)
3. Lost Kingdom (5:24)
4. Golden Sky (6:33)
5. Dark Rift (5:08)
6. Parallel Highway (3:56)
7. Shining Through (5:08)
8. Age of the Fifth Sun (6:28)
9. Paradise Remains (2:25)

Total Time 47:12

Line-up / Musicians

- Torsten Kinsella / guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Niels Kinsella / bass, piano
- Lloyd Hanney / drums

- Chris Hanney / guitar
- Pat O'Donnell / guitar, keyboards
- Zachary Dutton Hanney / drums, programming, keyboards

Releases information

Artwork: Dave King

CD Revive Records ‎- RVECD011 (2010, Ireland)
CD Revive Records ‎- RVECD012 (2011, Ireland)

LP Pelagic Records ‎- PEL007 (2010, Germany)

Digital album (2011)

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GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT Age of the Fifth Sun ratings distribution

(49 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
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Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by snobb
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3 stars GIAA fifth studio album, released at May 17,2010 is almost what you expect from this band. They never were big experimentalists or innovators, and their music attracted more by its atmosphere, spacey sounds and melodic.

This new album is generally similar. But main difference in sound is ( as it happened earlier this year with 65dos new album) more electronic, mellow and rounded sound. It looks trend to go to more electronic sound (sometimes even danceable rhythms) is this year fashion for many post-rock bands. It's understandable - post-rock is stacked in the same place for too long, so need changes just to survive.

Anyway, like you or not, I believe we will see more bands mixing classic post-rock and modern electronic this year. Happily, GIAA saved their keyboards and piano sound(not very usual instrument for post-rock band) and big part of ambient soundscapes. Yes, music became warmer, softer, even more polished, so not every band's old fan will be happy with this release.

But for me their new sound is not better or worse , it just a bit changed. And the change itself, as well as the result of that change, is positive. Evolution, not revolution. And as result - slightly better than average album.

Review by Conor Fynes
4 stars 'Age Of The Fifth Sun' - God Is An Astronaut (7/10)

Along with Texan breakthrough artists Explosions In The Sky, the enigmatic Irish group God Is An Astronaut essentially dominate the instrumental post-rock sphere. Not unlike many of their contemporaries, the band is known for their soaring atmospheric sound, ethereal guitar arrangements and brooding compositions. While the band's fifth album 'Age Of The Fifth Sun' sees no revolution in the band's sound, God Is An Astronaut does deliver here, making for a pleasant, if not completely engaging listen.

Something that may differentiate God Is An Astronaut from other post-rock bands such as the aforementioned Explosions In The Sky is their use of electronics in their soundscapes, and in their songs for added atmosphere and effect. 'Age Of The Fifth Sun' may show the band progressing a little more into using electronic equipment in the mix, but existing fans of this band should expect nothing different from previous albums. Melancholic, yet uplifting, beautiful guitar work, lush backing ambiance and some of the most technically accomplished and tasteful drumming the genre has to offer are all staples of the music heard on 'Fifth Sun'.

The compositions are fairly minimalistic, which will inevitably lead to some finding the music somewhat boring, should they be looking for something a bit more to the point. However, each track here does retain some memorable qualities, and parts even reach the point of being 'catchy', in a pop sense. The opener 'Worlds In Collision' for example; while being far from the strongest track on 'Fifth Sun', it has a very engaging, energetic melodic section that seems to act as a 'chorus', and the rest of the track seems to meander around the peak, before trailing off into a beautifully done piano outro. However, the most stunning track here may be 'Shining Through,' which ironically is the most typically post-rock oriented piece of music on the album. Soaring and steadily building lead work from the guitar flies overtop the rest of the mix, before breaking down in a heavier climax. While many of the songs here appear to follow a similar formula, 'Shining Through' holds the most sway with me.

'Age Of The Fifth Sun' is nothing new for God Is An Astronaut, so those who dislike the band will keep on disliking. For anyone else though, the album stands as being a very good piece of work, despite the fact that the band has arguably done better for themselves in the past, and there isn't much here that we haven't already heard.

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