Review: Salford's most electrifying and unclassifiable band are back for the attack a mere couple of months after their paint-stripping 'Just Say No The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine' opus, and once again they've morphed beyond all recognition with the help of Dutch psych troupe RMFTM. The result of this collaboration, first premiered at the Eindhoven Psych Lab festival and later performed at Roadburn, is an ever-shifting and feverishly oppressive work, shot though with minimalist malice and post-punk dynamism, and as likely to appeal to fans of PiL and This Heat as abstract electronica. Another impassioned and fiercely impressive works from one of the finest bands in the land.
Review: The Canadian sonic soothsayers here deal out their shortest, and most immediate record since their 1997's debut, yet for all its 40-minute brevity, there's no shortage of the kind of monolithic intensity that the band have become renowned for. As orchestral and elegiac as it triumphantly amp-abusing, "Asunder..." is a masterclass in windswept atmospherics, powerful dynamics and apocalyptic grandeur, building to a climax with enough emotional heft to shake any listener's world on its axis. Existing more than ever outside of genre and comparison, Godspeed continue to inhabit an awe-inspiring sonic landscape that is theirs and theirs alone.
Review: The Canadian post-rock instrumentalists return with a demand for revolution, soundtracked by just shy of 45 minutes of orchestral aggression. As with all of their work, GY!BE convey their ideas articulately through evocative wordless music. The opener, 'Undoing a Luciferian Towers' sets a tone for the album with a monolithic and militaristic march. Passages of feedback open out into anthemic expanse on the three parts of 'Bosses Hang'. 'Fam/Famine' balances between harmonic assonance and dissonance, ramping up the tension before the final triptych 'Anthem Of The State' takes a more optimistic tone, with the movement away from noise providing some glimmers of light in the abyss. 'Luciferian Towers' is an impeccable and polished record, and possibly Godspeed You! Black Emperor's finest to date.