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Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada E.P. CD (album) cover


Godspeed You! Black Emperor


Post Rock/Math rock

4.44 | 189 ratings

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4 stars It's not everyday you stumble upon a piece of music you adore on the first listen. I first heard the free sample of "Moya" on this site I told myself that I must have this album. Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada was not my first Godspeed You Black Emperor! Album, I already owned " F# A# (infinity)" which I didn't find all the interesting at first, I found "Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada" much easier to get into and enjoy. Although it runs for less than half an hour, it is some of best twenty-seven minutes of music around. Strangely enough, I still find "Riot for New Zero Kanada" more fulfilling than "F# A# (infinity)", there seems to be more depth to it.

There are just two songs on this EP, the first is named "Moya", the second "Blaise Bailey Finnegan III." The first song "Moya", lingers around a strange, dilapidated feel. It creates an image of abandoned railway yards, towns, rusted cars and the like. The song opens with a very quiet, atmospheric violin and bass theme which over the course of about five minutes the band gradually adds more and more into a crescendo which leads on to a time change around the fifth minute. The music resumes after this brief pause with renewed vitality and feeling, and the addition of drums and more instruments. The main theme is repeated by several different instruments until finally there is one amazing crescendo in which the music becomes furious.

The following song "Blaise Bailey Finnegan III" opens with a man basically being asked questions about America and it's government. He states that the American government are cheats, liars and things along the same vein. He tells of how he received a speeding ticket and his little story, he also recites a poem about the American government. I'm not sure whether this is a real recording, but just let me say if it isn't then it is well acted, the man's voice and vocal expressions seem very genuine. The song it's self has another crescendo, this time less lively but still with meaningful instrumental sections. At about the twelve minute mark the song begins to pass from being a good song to an amazing one, this section is unforgettable and indescribable.

1. Moya (4/5) 2. Blaise Bailey Finnegan III (4.5/5)

Total = 8.5 divided by 2 (number of songs) = 4.25 = 4 stars Excellent addition to any prog music collection

"Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada" has really earned its four stars, I am very tempted to add another star but I don't think I can. More is needed for it to be a masterpiece, two songs just isn't enough. Never the less I highly recommend "Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada", it is a Post-Rock Essential.

Australian | 4/5 |


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