Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada


3.5
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by Salvidian USER (2 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2014 | 57 replies | 1,128 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's the most direct of ways

Montreal post-rock giant GY!BE are known for, frankly, writing much of the textbook on post-rock. Doing so, they obviously culminate many of the genre’s characteristics: lack of harmonic vocals, long builds with dashing crescendos, orchestral personality such as call-and-response and twin melodies, and, probably most iconic to the genre, dissonant tremolo notes. SRfNZK is chock full of all these traits and one wouldn’t be very mistaken to say it is the definitive post-rock album. But considering it is only 28 and a half minutes long culminated by two cousin songs, it might not be all the genre has to offer; instead it makes one darn good EP.

One could probably say the cousin songs are peak post-rock songs and be understood fine. That isn’t really to say they aren’t unique, but to say they are about the best of what the genre has to offer. They contain the most suspenseful buildups, the biggest crescendos, and the most dramatic of the drama. Thankfully the occasional pre-recorded quips of our friend, the traditional scared-of-higher-powers guy, gives the album a thicker charisma. You’ll get a moment or two to explore the theme most commonly presented by Godspeed in the most direct of ways: the end of the world. The music naturally provides an interesting soundtrack to allow your mind to wander, all in an organic setting.


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Salvidian
August 2nd 2014


752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also posted here: http://praefion.tumblr.com/

Like my last review, it's supposed to be short.

Artuma
August 2nd 2014


12836 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nice soundoff mate

anyway, i think the absolute best thing about this ep is exactly that it needs only 28 minutes to capture pretty much everything that makes gy!be such an op band

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Salvidian
August 2nd 2014


752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That was my whole base for the review lol.

itchybutthole
August 2nd 2014


2491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

DAYUM

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Artuma
August 2nd 2014


12836 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"That was my whole base for the review lol."

yet you gave it a 3.5 which is pretty confusing

trackbytrackreviews
August 2nd 2014


1024 Comments


It doesn't read like a 3.5

Salvidian
August 2nd 2014


752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's generically amazing post-rock. I don't know how else to explain it.

ChoccyPhilly
August 2nd 2014


6147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Reads more like a 4.5 if anything

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
August 2nd 2014


962 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'generically amazing' now there's a phrase.

weedblunt
August 2nd 2014


558 Comments


"generically amazing"

the fucking weirdos that this site produces holy shit

Salvidian
August 2nd 2014


752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not sure what's wrong with it.

ChoccyPhilly
August 2nd 2014


6147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@weedblunt have you not seen your avi, speaking of weirdos

TheSpirit
August 2nd 2014


17803 Comments


Not sure what's wrong with it.


if you knew what either word meant, you would.

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Salvidian
August 2nd 2014


752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

English isn't my first language, sorry.

Perhaps definitive to the point of being boring?

TheSpirit
August 2nd 2014


17803 Comments


oh man, now i feel like an ass



Salvidian
August 2nd 2014


752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No I had it coming. No worries.

DrJohn
August 2nd 2014


476 Comments


Compact reviews are tough to nail down. Utilize simpler terminology when not sure, and have a pos.

Arnaud
August 2nd 2014


183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What's going on with all those 3.5 rated gybe reviews

SnakeDelilah
August 2nd 2014


7097 Comments


5 this or barefoot on legos


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trackbytrackreviews
August 2nd 2014


1024 Comments


5 it or be forced to hear a botdf record



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