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Godspeed You! Black Emperor


Post Rock/Math rock

4.09 | 425 ratings

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5 stars Appealing, disturbing, revolutionary, a work of supreme sensibility! This album is a mark of a new era for post-rock, the band brilliantly made a post-rock opus, combining to their inspirated post-rock structures traces of symphonic music and disturbing ambiences. The result is 3 movements full of feelings, in a desperate appeal, as the world would end at any moment. It is a cathartic scream, it invokes the extremes of the human sphere of action!

As the violin enters in "The Dead Flag Blues" and hits through the spine, we're already hyptotized, terrified by the obscure, conspicuous ambience of the intro, as we listen "We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine... and the machine is bleeding to death". This metaphor is perfect to describe what this album wants to transmit. "i said: kiss me, you're beautiful - these are truly the last days". Song 2 "East Hastings", which was used in the movie "28 Days Later" (terrific, by the way), continues the saga of expressionism, with the simple but beautiful guitar line envolved by the disturbing ambience giving a sensation of fear, loneliness, powerless. It was used on the movie in the part the main character discovers a completely empty London, as the film shows several minutes of his discover through the empty streets and buildings. The last track is compelled with several movements of pure magic, very touching in very different ways, a bit more energetic and joyfull, as if it was showing that it is still possible to change the world.

At the end of the century, Godspeed You! Black Emperor showed the evolution of rock music, the expressionism at its peak, a remarkable work. The world has not seen for years such a original piece of music, capable of transmitting a recondite feeling - the sum of art. Completely and undoubtfully, masterpiece!

TRoTZ | 5/5 |


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