Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada


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by Jerrad Williams USER (5 Reviews)
June 28th, 2010 | 33 replies | 5,970 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although short by GY!BE standards only clocking in at 28 minutes, this remains their most accessible output and arguably their most beautiful.

8 of 9 thought this review was well written

It is hard to imagine a society that does not question humanity and where we have came from nor a perfect, flawless, Utopian society. In fact, most human beings come across the thought of apocalypse at least once in their lifetime, especially due to incidents like Y2K and now the ever prevalent topic of 2012. Most of us have a different take on the end of the world. Some people think it would be a spontaneous event and mutually some perceive the end of the world as a slow, gradual process. Some even argue we are slowly approaching the death of humanity through gradual climate change. In the summer of 1997, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a group of musicians from Montreal, illustrated their vision of apocalypse through an album composed of three movements of music. All of the pieces of music were void of any lyrics yet featured samples which helped built and solidify the band's signature sound and also, let the listener make their own conclusions on their take of the end of the world. 2 years later, Godspeed You! Black Emperor conceived Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada.


This EP only clocks in at 28 minutes which is less than the length of one song featured on F#A#∞. This work of art is seen by many GY!BE fans as a transition of the shift of sounds between F#A#∞ and Lift Your Skinny Fists. The instrumentation is just as good as their former work and actually seems more consistent as there are less gaps of silence between movements. Many see these moments of complete silence and ambiance as rising action to their signature climaxes but this EP brings more consistent instrumentation and song writing to fill those gaps with more interesting parts for the listener. In result, this makes the EP more accessible to someone who isn't used to longer songs or a good starting point for someone who is interested in giving Godspeed You! Black Emperor a listen yet doesn't have the time to dedicate to a full listen of the band's LPs.

Sonically, this record still keeps a darker theme like its former. It starts with Godspeed's signature strings and continues to grow in intensity and speed. Moya is the perfect song for someone who never heard of the band nor their previous work. Moya serves as the perfect introduction and remains one of the most astounding works to this day. Blaise Bailey Finnegan III is a much darker and suspenseful piece of music. It starts with a sample of a man talking about the corruption within the American Government and transcends into a story that takes place in court concerning a speeding ticket. What really stands out is the fact that as the man gets louder the strings in the background get more intense until the point of a spontaneous stop. The song uses this stop to keep the listener on the edge of their seat as the song builds back up slowly into a great climax. After this climatic moment the song gets soft again as the man is introduced again. This time around he recites a poem which builds suspense again which builds into another climax which lasts a few minutes yet this time it is more upbeat and powerful. This climax is one of the best from the bands catalog. The song ends on a softer not with a very ethereal sounding string part. This song remains my favorite Godspeed You! Black Emperor songs and one of all time favorites.

Although this is an EP, this stands out as one of the bands most memorable and consistent efforts. Both songs are amazing and flow together perfectly. I recommend this to any serious music fan as it will easily become one of your favorites.


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beefshoes
June 28th 2010



3551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Any feedback is much appreciated. This wasn't very easy to write at all but it remains one of my all time favorites.

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ShadowRemains
June 28th 2010



20538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, pos'd

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Bitchfork
June 28th 2010



7584 Comments


Only Gybe album I really like.

Prolapse
June 28th 2010



4370 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is what got me into the band. pos

bailar11
June 28th 2010



2433 Comments


best ep ever js

DiceMan
June 28th 2010



7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best ep ever js [2]

Gmork89
June 28th 2010



5510 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, but I don't like this album much.

G3N3R1C
June 28th 2010



1945 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'd say it's a toss-up between this and AIC's "Jar of Flies" for Best EP of All Time.

Skimaskcheck
June 28th 2010



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this destroys JoF, and i love JoF.

best EP ever hands down, best band ever

Gmork89
June 28th 2010



5510 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Jar of Flies annihilates this, give me a break.

PurpleDrank
June 28th 2010



417 Comments


your not alone

AnotherBrick
June 28th 2010



9770 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

amazing.

crazyblinddude
June 28th 2010



3389 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cmon now. everyone knows skinny fists is the best gy!be.

Enotron
June 28th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nah son this and f a beat it

crazyblinddude
June 28th 2010



3389 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

everyone seems to have their own favorite gy!be album. i rated all three of them 5's so whateves

beefshoes
June 28th 2010



3551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I did the same.

KTLL
June 28th 2010



87 Comments


"It starts with a sample of a man talking the corruption within the American Government and transcends into a story in court conserving a speeding ticket."

wut

crazyblinddude
June 28th 2010



3389 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wrong album but its a huge win

http://sputnikmusic.com/blog/?p=579

beefshoes
June 28th 2010



3551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for pointing that out KTLL. I wasn't paying attention when I was doing a spell check.
EDIT: I saw that blog, that was really awesome.

BringMeTheWaffles.
June 29th 2010



221 Comments


Great review man. Good album too.



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