Godspeed You! Back Emperor – ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND!

The GY!BE gang have always conceptualized their long running climaxes with commentary on American conservativism and the haunting primitivism of traditional religion, but contrary to the band’s ethos, their general makeup and self-seriousness is somewhat religious in itself.  This is surely characterized in their live performances in front of silent, reverent audiences, all waiting for the same emotional sensationalist pay-off as that of a church revival.  But regardless of how irritating and hypocritical these Canadians’ philosophies may be, they were always the best of the overplayed post-rock genre.  And with this return, as formulaic as it may remain to the band’s signature style, Godspeed have reminded all the derivative acts out there that they are still the top dogs, and were preaching “hope” long before Obama even hired his first speech writer.

There’s nothing really else to say.  It sounds exactly like the other records, and to those who haven’t revisited those in some time, ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND! will be a nice return to an old beloved sound.

-E. Adam


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