Explosions in the Sky
Those Who Tell the Truth...


4.0
excellent

Review

by S. G. Shaw USER (15 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 41 replies | 23,684 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Explosions in the Sky - Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever

Released in 2001 off of Temporary Residence Records

The Band:
Christopher Hrasky - Percussion/Drums
Michael James - Bass
Mark Smith - Guitar
Manuf Rayani - Guitar

Explosions in the Sky's sophomore album was met with a slight controversy during its release in the UK a day before the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center Towers. As one can observe, the album cover depicts a plane with an insert that says "this plane will crash tomorrow." In an interview with the band, they explain the artwork on the cover as being 'a group of outnumbered British soldiers fighting in Belgium during the First World War claim[ing] to have witnessed a glowing light in the night sky." The legend claims that the light was some sort of heavenly spirit that saved the troops from annihilation. The incident is now known as the "Angel of Mons." A slightly different style can be recognized when compared to their most recent effort The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place. Their signature style of distorted parabolas is more prevalent in this album when compared to their most recent. This Texan ensemble has been known for out stepping their boundaries with outstanding sonic landscapes that rival most other bands. The tracks are split up into 2 categories. The first three songs are located under the word Die and the last three are categorized under the words Live Forever.

Greet Death : 7:19
Most appropriately, the beginning track fits its description well. Starting off silently, the track builds into a crushing guitar riff and percussion. Another guitar joins and repeats a riff that switches from distortion back to clean. While this is happening, the drums and cymbals crash with authority. A few minutes in, the instruments stop and a lonely guitar emerges. Another joins, along with some cymbal and builds up. Finally, the percussion joins in and a melancholy beat is turned out and eventually fades away. 4.5/5

Yasmin the Light : 7:03
This track begins with a slow bass drum beat and a similar guitar riff as the previous song. But then out of nowhere, drums, cymbals and guitar explode into a vicious attack on the listener. Once the attack recedes, the guitars start to twinkle and the drums resemble a slight military march. The march continues and grows along with the guitar work and then eventually recedes. The uncanny method that the band uses to create this mood is quite impressive.
4/5

The Moon is Down : 10:02
Like the others, this track begins quietly and then builds up with militaristic style percussion. The guitars twinkle and eventually start creating a whining sound that soars over the percussion. Despite the length, there isn't much to this song; its pretty straightforward the whole way through. The best part of this song are the rolling drums. They kick. 4/5

Have You Passed Through This Night? : 7:19
The song begins with one of the members reciting a line from 'an acclaimed film about the inhumanity of war called The Thin Red Line. the band is fascinated by the idea that people can overcome incredible hardships such as combat.' This is appropriate especially considering that this is the first track under the category of Live Forever. Following the monologue, is a wailing guitar and a catchy drum beat that makes you unknowingly tap your foot to the beat. The percussion and guitar compliment each other as the song grows and becomes louder. Soon the guitar grows louder and throws its own weight around. There's a short silence and a fresh guitar line appears. The band builds upon this and soon enough the percussion jumps in and everything gets tied together as the sound grows.
4.5/5

A Poor Man's Memory : 6:04
A crisp snare drum introduces this song and is then joined by guitars and bass. The drum beat continues and the guitars modestly add to the atmosphere. This continues on and on until the drums stop and the guitars become more and more scarce. By this time, it's almost imminent that something is going down. Soon enough, the drums, cymbals and guitars explode into a sonic fury. Cymbals crash and drums roll along with the beat until it all ceases. 4.5/5

With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept : 12:04
The track is introduced in a fury of static but soon settles down into a soothing melody with a distant drum beat heard behind it. The song flows along until everything settles down and a new melody is introduced. This slowly grows along with a rolling drum beat. Again, a new melody is introduced and is met with a growing drum beat. This feels like progressive metal without the metal (if that makes any sense). The drums, cymbals and guitar build, build and build until it becomes silent. From the silence rises another melody from the guitars along with the same drum beat from A Poor Man's Memory. The drums cease and finally the album comes to a close. 4/5

Those Who Tell the Truth... can be anything the listener wants it to be. The insert portrays a sense of struggle between two entities. It could be life and death, good and evil, etc. Whatever it is, Explosions in the Sky has put out a masterful album that truly stands alone. From its silent wastelands to its explosions of sonic fury, Those Who Tell the Truth... shall indeed inspire and captivate anyone who has not only the patience, but a mind that is open enough to appreciate this truly unique album.

Standout Tracks:
A Poor Man's Memory
Have You Passed Through This Night?
Greet Death

Overall Rating : 4/5



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Happymeal
September 12th 2004



330 Comments


Great review man. Actually I've never heard any stuff from this one, but as I really love Your Hand In Mine, I will definitely check this one out, Mr. EiTS promoter.

Real
September 12th 2004



3 Comments


Decent review, although I have to disagree on the scores.

Greet death - Perfect opener. 4.5/5

Yasmin the light - I like to play this song when I'm outside in dawn/dusk. There's just a feel to it that makes everything seems better. At one such times the
thought occurred to me that it's not a song about giving up, but letting go. 5/5

The moon is down - I am one of the aforementioned people who simply can't get enough of this song. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be this one. 5/5

Have you passed through this night - It's actually a clip from the movie itself, not one of the band members speaking. Very powerfull scene and the song does it justice. 4.5/5

A poor man's memory - This song is actually one of the songs which somewhat feels to take a hold of me. The climax is however something I'm never truly prepared for. 4/5

With tired eyes, tired minds, tired souls, we slept - It starts out a bit lowkey, but soon turns out to be really **** beautiful. The ending is just. There. 5/5

Overall, 5/5.

And if you ever get a chance to see them live, do so. They'll blow you away in all meanings of the word.

Wanker
September 12th 2004



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=Happymeal]Great review man. Actually I've never heard any stuff from this one, but as I really love Your Hand In Mine, I will definitely check this one out, Mr. EiTS promoter.[/QUOTE]

:thumb: I'm going to do their first album next. The one they only released about 300 hard copies of.


[QUOTE=Real]And if you ever get a chance to see them live, do so. They'll blow you away in all meanings of the word.[/QUOTE]

yeah, I'm hopefully going to go see them on October 8th in New York City. It should be bitchin' in all meanings of the word. Oh, and I try not to give anything a perfect 5/5 unless it truly blows me away. And I CAN say that Your Hand in Mine got a 5/5. Check out the other review, man.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
September 12th 2004



106 Comments


Nice review, i've been looking to get into some post rock stuff with this along with Godspeed you black Emperor. Both bands that you like to pimp.

KazooVirtuoso
September 12th 2004



30 Comments


[QUOTE=Wanker]:thumb: I'm going to do their first album next. The one they only released about 300 hard copies of.[/QUOTE]

I heard it through the grapevine that they're gonna re-release it in the near future.

Real
September 13th 2004



3 Comments


They were supposed to have the first album for sale on their European tour but no dice....ah well, at least it's still available through other...resources.

Also, if you like EITS/GY!BE, check out Mono.

Wanker
September 13th 2004



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=KazooVirtuoso]I heard it through the grapevine that they're gonna re-release it in the near future.[/QUOTE]

Thats the best news I've heard all week.

Does anyone know how soon in the near future this is going to be?

Real
September 13th 2004



3 Comments


'Next tour' according to an interview taken in february (during their Europe tour).

Wanker
September 13th 2004



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank goodness I'm seeing them in October (hopefully). Maybe I can pick up a copy when I see them. :chug:

sr800bkBassist
January 27th 2005



115 Comments


how'd you find out the titles of the songs?

i couldn't find them out.

BuddyBigsby
January 27th 2005



531 Comments


I love this album. "Have You Passed Through This Night?" takes me somewhere else every time I listen to it.

Wanker
January 27th 2005



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sr800 - The titles of the songs are in the album cover. Or you can go somewhere online (like amazon.com or something) and find them out that way.

sr800bkBassist
January 28th 2005



115 Comments


ooooh.

i thought those were just short 3-lined poems under the titles "Die" and "Live Forever".

woopsies.

sr800bkBassist
January 28th 2005



115 Comments


oh, also, does anybody know what he says during the beginning of "Have You Past Through This Night?"?

i mean, i can understand most of it, but some parts are incomprehensible.

like after he says "where does it come from," he then says something that sounds like "how did steel end the world?" which sounds wrong.

also, near the end of the monologue, he says something like "does our room help the earth?" or something like that. but "our room" doesn't sound right. that stupid accent makes it nearly impossible to tell.

Wanker
February 6th 2005



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He says:

This great evil. Where does it come from? How did it steal into the world? What seed, what root did it grow from? Who's doin' this? Who's killing us? Robbing us of life and light. Mocking us with the sight of what we might have known.

Does our rule benefit the earth? Does it help the grass to grow or the sun to shine? Is this darkness in you too? Have you passed through this night?

You're right. The accent is hard to make out. Hope you see this and it helps.

sr800bkBassist
February 7th 2005



115 Comments


thanks Wanker .

Mirror.Circuit
February 11th 2006



223 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love this album.
love love love love love it.

joelikesmusic
April 6th 2006



1 Comments


this is by far THE BEST album in the world to take lsd and chill to....i dont know if anyone has heard of yndi halda, but they rock as well....
but yeah, greet death destroyed my sense of time, place, and identity under the influence of the beforementioned substance

Wanker
April 7th 2006



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hippie

Sleepy
April 21st 2006



51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am hopelessly in love with this album - it's what got me into these guys in the first place.

However, I didn't know about the whole release date incident - that's creepy.



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