2 April 2021
Band: GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
Who: Wayward enigmatic, and experimental
collective from Montreal active since 1994.
Press statement from the band: “This record is about all of us waiting
for the end. all current forms of governance are failed. this record is about
all of us waiting for the beginning.”
NME says: “The Montreal experimentalists have bottled our turbulent moment with an idiosyncratic slab of noise that gives way to moments of pristine beauty… Godspeed You!
Black Emperor’s seventh album ‘G_d’s Pee AT STATE’s END’ is the soundtrack to a society on
the edge of all-out war, of the push-and-pull between total doom and inextinguishable hope for something better…‘STATE’S END’ is a tumultuous record for tumultuous times, but there’s a piece of galvanising beauty for every moment of crushing dread. For all the gunshots and explosions in the background, there are church bells and birdsong too. Godspeed’s new album articulates dark times, but it also presents the countermovement with breathtaking power.”
Full review: here. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume: A fitting soundtrack for a funeral. The funeral of humankind. The funeral of the planet we, ourselves, destroyed. Somber and apocalyptic. Repetitive doom-and-gloom psychedelia. Repetitive wall-of-guitar-scapes. Goosebumps all the way. One word: Götterdämmerung!
Song titles (take a deep breath):
1. A Military Alphabet (five eyes all blind) (4521.0kHz 6730.0kHz 4109.09kHz) / Job’s Lament / First of the Last Glaciers / where we break how we shine (ROCKETS FOR MARY) 20:22
2. Fire at Static Valley
3. “GOVERNMENT CAME” (9980.0kHz 3617.1kHz 4521.0 kHz) / Cliffs Gaze / cliffs’ gaze at empty waters’ rise / ASHES TO SEA or NEARER TO THEE
4. OUR SIDE HAS TO WIN (for D.H.)
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