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Explosions In The Sky


Post Rock/Math rock

3.43 | 74 ratings

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4 stars Have you passed throuh this night?...

While I dare not call this album a masterpiece of prog music, it definately is a masterpiece in its own right and is vastly underrated. Admitted, their follow-up album is much more cohesive and even more refined, but it loses some of the raw emotion this one has.

While this was not the first album I've heard from EITS, it's the one I value most to this day. It's raw, it's passionate, it's naive, it's sensitive, it's epic, it's sublime. I sometimes ask myself which band I like more on the post-rock scene. I admire GY!BE most and i feel Mono has one of the strongest presence in terms of being epic and heart-wretching and heavy at the same time. But in terms of final product, Explosions might as well be one of the best things that ever happened to the music scene in the last few years.

From the first seconds of silence of the album to the explosion (no pun intended) afterwards and to the explosion in each and every track, there is not one second to be missed. "Greet Death" might as well be one of the best openers in prog with perfect construction from one end till the other track, as it swifts directly into "Yasmin The Light", alternating heavily melodic passages with soft, light harmonies, unexpected quiet twists with awaited epic joy.The best thing about Explosions is that despite their melancholy they never cease to inject optimism in their music; sometimes they blend the two in such a way that it is impossible to distinguish one from another, as they do in "The Moon Is Down".

I will not follow the track-by-track journey till the end, but instead stop at what I think represents the best momentum on the album: "Have You Passed Through This Night?" For months I listened to Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die... without knowing the origins of the quote in the beginning. At last, a few days ago, I watched The Thin Red Line. I must say that this song fits the movie like a glove and it's a crime it's not on the soundtrack. The way it melts the film sequence into the flow of the whole music in the first minutes of this song makes it all worth it. It's all there for those who tell the truth

Asphalt | 4/5 |


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