Canadian post-rock titans Godspeed You! Black Emperor have announced a Fall tour in support of their most recent full-length release, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. The trek will commence on September 9 in Washington, DC and will conclude on October 29 in Paris with a performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival. The tour dates can be found after the break.
Cinematic post-rock titans Godspeed You! Black Emperor have premiered their forthcoming fifth full-length album, and follow up to 2012’s ’Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, over at The Guardian. The album will be officially released through Constellation Records on March 31 and can be pre-ordered here. The four-track opus acts as one long, behemoth-sized 40-minute composition that is as expansive as anything in their back catalog. Stream the album for yourself at this location.
Canadian cinematic post rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor have announced the release of their fifth full length album and follow up to 2012’s Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!. The new album (artwork above) will be titled Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress , which will be one multi-movement 40-minute composition, and will be released through Constellation Records on March 31. Pre-orders can be obtained here. On the new record, Constellation had the following to say:
“Known to fans and through live show recordings by the sobriquet “Behemoth”, GYBE has gradually distilled this new work down to a fastidious and uncompromising essence in the studio, with the swing-time swagger of the opening unison riff in “Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!’” giving way to increasing microtonal divergences and an exhilarating immersion in the harmonic power of massed amplified instruments, before collapsing into some of the most visceral and unalloyed noise/drone the band has yet committed to tape on “Lambs’ Breath” and “’Asunder, Sweet’”. The album closes with “Piss Crowns Are Trebled”, a classic 14-minute piece of vintage Godspeed, where ascending and descending guitar and violin melodies intertwine over gut-rattling distorted bass in 3/4 time, segueing into a pummeling four-on-the-floor series of sparkling, soaring crescendos”
An eight-minute except from the album’s opening movement, “Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!'” can be found after the break along with the album’s track listing.
Above is the official artwork for Nine Inch Nails’ forthcoming album, Hesitation Marks, which is due to be released on September 3rd through Columbia Records. Pre-orders for the effort and the official stream of the first single can be found here. The new single, which can be streamed below as well, is entitled “Came Back Haunted” and calls back to the wobbling bass and glitchy electronics of 2007 album Year Zero. Also, Nine Inch Nails will be embarking on an extensive North American tour this Fall, seeing support by the likes of Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor on select dates. You can check out the new single and the official tour schedule below. Pre sale information for the tour can be found here.
This year has been more than gracious to my ears. I was fond of so many releases in 2012 that it was like pulling teeth trying to narrow this list down to JUST thirty. Since albums have the tendency to grow on me, this list was compiled without review ratings in mind, if I had a chance to review them that is. These thirty albums are the records that I continued to revisit throughout the year and have yet to stop jamming. These are the records that are still fresh and exciting upon the umpteenth listen. Without further adieu, these are my favorite albums of the year.
It has been ten years since the highly influential Godspeed You! Black Emperor released a full length. The Canadian instrumental rock giants left us in 2002 with the towering Yanqui U.X.O. and have since been relatively quiet. Godspeed announced a Fall tour this year (of which I was lucky enough to attend) and silently released their first new record in a decade at their Boston show on October 1st. ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! is a fifty three minute tour de force that shows Godspeed in top notch form. This record combines the familiar with the new and ultimately crafts an unforgettable listening experience; one that will still sound fresh in the years to come.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor secretly released their new album in almost a decade, Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, secretly a few days ago with an official release date of October 15th in Europe and 16th everywhere else. When I heard the news I began to writhe in excitement. For those who cannot wait or for those unfortunate enough to attend one of their shows to pick up a copy, someone has upload the fifty minute album to YouTube. The track listing for the effort is as follows: