Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers - 2017 Post Rock 180 Grm LP
Godspeed You! Black Emperor* – Luciferian Towers
Constellation – CST126
Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 g
22 Sep 2017
A1 Undoing A Luciferian Tower 7:47
Guest – Bonnie Kane Guest – Craig Pedersen
A2 Bosses Hang 14:45
B3 Fam / Famine 6:44
B4 Anthem For No State 14:38
Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BH81236
Recorded At – Hotel2Tango
Recorded At – The Pines
Mixed At – Hotel2Tango
Mastered At – Grey Market Mastering
Lacquer Cut At – Optimal Media GmbH – BH81236
Band [Not One Of Us As Strong As All Of Us Together God'spee], Bass [Upright Bass], Electric Bass– Thierry Amar
Band [Not One Of Us As Strong As All Of Us Together God'spee], Drums – Aidan Girt, Timothy Herzog*
Band [Not One Of Us As Strong As All Of Us Together God'spee], Electric Bass – Mauro Pezzente
Band [Not One Of Us As Strong As All Of Us Together God'spee], Electric Guitar [Electric Gtr.] –Mike Moya
Band [Not One Of Us As Strong As All Of Us Together God'spee], Electric Guitar [Electric Gtr.], Keyboards [MG-One] – David Bryant
Band [Not One Of Us As Strong As All Of Us Together God'spee], Electric Guitar [Electric Gtr.], Organ, Synthesizer [OP-1] – Efrim Manuel Menuck*
Band [Not One Of Us As Strong As All Of Us Together God'spee], Violin, Organ – Sophie Trudeau
Lacquer Cut By – HL (2)
Mastered By – Harris Newman
Mixed By [Uncredited] – GYBE*, Greg Norman
Photography By [Picture Of Three By] – Jessica Moss
Recorded By – Greg Norman
The track are sequentially listed on the inner sleeve and the label side B.
Title on hype sticker is:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Title on spine and inner sleeve:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Plays "Luciferian Towers"
Released in a gatefold sleeve.
Contains an additional printed inner sleeve with credits and photos,
a 24" x 24" pull-out art poster
and a download coupon for the entire album.
On hype sticker:
180gLP + 24"x24" poster + MP3
Made In Canada
On inner sleeve:
All Of It Recorded Winter 2016/17 By [...] At Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango Montreal.
Mastered By [...] At Greymarket.
Pressing plant and lacquer cut plant are uncredited, derived from the runout stamps.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Text, hype sticker on shrink wrap): 6 66561 01261 8
Barcode (String, hype sticker on shrink wrap): 666561012618
Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): BH81236-01A1 HL ˄I˅
Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped): BH81236-01B1 HL =I˅
( pitchfork) "
Godspeed’s music is undergirded by its musicians’ radical leftist politics (I mean, look at that press release), and that means there’s hope rather than despair at its heart—a belief that collective struggle against our overlords is a battle worth fighting instead of a foregone conclusion to surrender to. It’s this spirit that animates Luciferian Towers, the band’s most melodic and powerfully positive-sounding album to date. One glance at the world around us offers a persuasive argument that it’s the spirit we need.
“Undoing a Luciferian Towers” [sic] feels like the warm-up before the workout. The slow-tempo waltz twirls its way through the constant hum of guitars into a rousing melody a film score might associate with a downtrodden hero. The band’s dual drummers Aidan Girt and Timothy Herzog pound away beneath it, while guest musicians Craig Pederson on trumpet and Bonnie Kane on sax and flute trill away above, filling every available space with joyful noise. “Fam / Famine,” an interlude between the album’s two longest compositions, reprises the melody in a more atmospheric form later on.
The tripartite “Bosses Hang” is even more of a showcase for the band’s anthemic abilities. Like “Undoing a Luciferian Towers,” it too centers on a simple but stirring hook, one so warm and crowd-pleasing that it recalls the great big all-in-this-together refrains of ’90s alt-rock radio staples. Part one introduces the melody, unfurling it slowly and waving it back and forth like a banner on a barricade. Part two shifts away to a five-note pattern that increases in speed like the highland-reel closing crescendo of the Who’s “Baba O’Reilly,” before going full tilt and reintroducing the main melody like a returning redeemer in part three. It’s a much less complex effort than previous Godspeed suites, but their skill as musicians and composers helps them find riches in the simplicity.
The album closes on another three-part composition, “Anthem for No State.” It’s the angriest, heaviest song on the album, but not in the metal mode of Allelujah! standout “Mladic” or Asunderhighlight “Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!’” There’s a Morricone standoff feel to the guitars when they finally kick into high gear in part three; the drums and strings groove and swirl rather than pound and screech during the final minutes. Somehow, the band makes these disparate parts feel inevitable in their connection. No one working in this genre does that better."
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