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Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die

Explosions in the SkyAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Hailing from the sultry metropolitan landscape of Austin, TX, Explosions In The Sky are some of the most sincere folks you will ever meet. Aside from being nice guys, they play some of the most passionate, powerful instrumental music you will ever hear. Equal parts romance and tragedy, their beautiful melodies have the tendency to ignite into head-spinning walls of noise. Easily one of the ... Read more in Amazon's Explosions in the Sky Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Temporary Residence
  • ASIN: B00005Q6OS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,307 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you do a Web search on the phrase "explosions in the sky," what you're likely to come up with are Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, fireballs, space debris. And a band from Austin, Texas. The sophomore effort from this band of emo-style prog-rockers, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever was released in September 2001--and the cover art features the prescient words, "This plane will crash tomorrow." Intense, instrumental music infused with fatalistic affect, this is a requiem for a planet. Expressionist, it recalls a simmering Texas landscape placid for days, suddenly punctuated by a punishing electrical storm. Playing like a symphony in six movements, the album is composed entirely of bass, guitar, and drums. A moody but gorgeous album infused with youthful sincerity, it is cinematic in scope with soothing soundscapes of atmospheric, ambient, and shimmering chimes interspersed with crashing interludes of heavy metal-style guitar explosions and drums with intricate time signatures. File under post-rock . . . or modern composition. --Jillian Steinberger

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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable, Climatic Post-Rock Treasure October 14, 2004
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I recently rediscovered and became hooked on this band's second album, and realized it's been too long since I've really listened to the first one and had it truly sink in, and that I shouldn't forget about it. Their first one is just as good if not better. Actually, it's impossible for me to decide which one is better.

This is a raw, organic post rock treasure that comes once in a lifetime. If you are familiar with Godspeed You Black Emperor, this album has much of the same song structures, moving through soft to loud // upbeat to calm parts, with amazing melodies every second, progressing and changing throughout the entire duration. The difference is this band has shorter songs overall, they are more "normal" length (around 7 minutes) instead of 20-30 minutes long, and they don't stick on the same melody for too long. (Don't get me wrong, I love Godspeed and their 25 min songs, just stating the differences.) Actually they never really keep playing the same melody, there is ultra-variation. Of course there are multiple climaxes and suspenseful crescendos throughout every song.

The calm parts of this album are so nostalgic and relaxing, and could really be interpreted as either sad/melancholic or joyful/relieving. It's perfect to listen to cuddling with your lover by the fire drinking hot tea. In each song, there is a very sudden explosion (in the sky) from super-calm to super fast and loud, some are so powerful they will make you tremble. Especially the one in the second track about two minutes in, it is almost startling and could catch you off guard. It climaxes and calms down as fast as it came, and goes right back into the calm melody before it, then starts slowly progressing towards a new light.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I recently have found the genre that is post modern rock and I have to say, this group, this Explosions in the sky, is greater than anything that has captured my ears in the last year. And this, their first true albulm.
I drove all the way from Joliet to Chicago to pick up this one cd, paid my $10.00 in parking fees and drove all the way back(right during the time the Bears fans were going home). Let me say this: it was well worth it.
Here is what you find within the six songs on this cd: you find all the rugged edge that is Godspeed, the beauty of Mogwai, and something more - much, much more. These guys know how to write music that makes you feel. On one song, Yasmin the Light, there is a dub over from The Thin Red Line and the song brought me to tears as it conveyed images of carnage and pain in my head. That is what this cd does to you: it makes you FEEL. That's not to say this is weak stuff. It contains enough heavy chord structures to make anyone want to rock.
If you are in or are getting into post-modern rock, this cd is an essential. If you love solid rock music that is both beautiful and poignantly powerful, this is your Meccah. A must for post rock fans and a worthwhile endeavor for anyone else.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowingly good! September 30, 2001
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Explosions in the Sky are, simply put, amazing. Employing long, ambling songs (most more than 7 minutes long) that run the gamut of emotion and tempo, this band is the next generation of rock. Sometimes quiet and brooding and other times exploding into wall of sound crescendoes of guitars, feedback and distortion, Explosions in the Sky literally create images in your head with their complex soundscapes and they manage to do so without the aid of vocals or lyrics. The lack of vocals actually allows the listener to concentrate purely on the music, which is incredible and would only be cheapened with words. I can't say enough good things about this band. Buy this album, and, if you can find it, get a copy of How Strange, Innocence. Fans of Mogwai, Tortoise, and Godspeed You Black Emperor will, in particular, be blown away by this band, but comparisons shouldn't be relied upon too heavily since Explosions in the Sky has truly forged their own sound amidst a sea of cliches in the current music world.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning April 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This cd has become my favorite disc ever. I listen to this more often than mogwai or godspeed or anything else, really. The comparisons to those bands is somewhat unfounded, i mean, yes, in style there's really no other way to categorize them, however, explosions in the sky are so much more organic and immediate, which could be a bad thing to some. This is the perfect cd for long drives, especially at night, crank it up real loud. Quite possibly the most amazing piece of music i've ever experienced can be heard at about 3:50-7:58 on "With tired eyes, tired minds, tired souls, we slept" and once it starts, it just keeps getting better until the buildup climaxes into beautiful noise with probably the most affecting riff on the album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent post-rock release June 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
While the post-rock genre has been stretched thin and wide by the efforts of Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor! and Sigur Ros, it takes a little band from Austin Texas to put out a release that reminds post-rock what it needs: the maximum effort from the band and the bands' instruments, not the arrangements outside it. Only a four piece, the band greatly enlarges their music through their extreme sense of dynamics.
Addicted to crescendos and increadible build-ups, the band puts together an instrumental album that one cannot forget on the first listen. To the cataclysmic roar of "Greet Death" to the enchanting melodies and syncapation of "The Moon is Down", the band manages to engage the listener in emotional and mental highs and lows, lifting the spirits and then throwing them down to the ground in a barrage of music.
However great this album is, I simply cannot compare it to their live show. The CD doesn't do them justice. During a performance in a tiny club in Nashville, they were the loudest band I had ever heard and quite possibly the only that left me breathless and transfigured on the music and the artists throught the entire set. To get a glimpse of how good their live show is, buy the record. To simply appreciate post-rock... buy the record.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD but...
I think that The Earth Is A Cold Dark Place is so good that anything else by this band seems to fall short. I would give it a 3.5 if I could. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MG Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT CONDITION!I
I frequently buy records offline and you're always rolling the dice. This was excellently packaged and the record plays flawlessly.
Published 14 months ago by Michael Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of this group's music
I'm slowly collecting all the songs and albums by this group as MP3. I consider this a worthwhile addition to my collection.
Published 15 months ago by C. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Honesty in audible form
Explosions in the Sky never cease to deliver with their thoughtfully constructed blend of post-rock awe. Read more
Published 18 months ago by elkruser
5.0 out of 5 stars would do business again
quality package, timely shipment. thanks! 15 more words required for this review so here you go. and more. and more.
Published 21 months ago by Adam Lalonde
4.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl = Cooler.
The music definitely deserves five stars. Amazing work, and the band's best record, imo.

I'm very disappointed with the packaging on this record. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Brian Lange.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good stuff
After having listened to this by chance on Pandora I decided to take a chance and was not disappointed. This is very good intrumental rock. Read more
Published on August 4, 2012 by RB
5.0 out of 5 stars Yasmin
I first heard explosions in the sky several years ago and have not tired of their music since hearing them for the first time. I think it was "Have you passed through this night? Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by Wolfgang Dempsey
2.0 out of 5 stars A song or two on its own is beautiful, but EITS repeats the same trite...
This 2001 album with its convoluted but lovely title was my introduction to Explosions In The Sky, the Austin band made up of three guitarists and one drummer doing exclusively... Read more
Published on June 19, 2009 by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars Those Who Tell The Truth Will Tell You To Buy This
Explosions in The Sky (EiTs), are a U.S. Post-Rock outfit. "Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever" and "The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead... Read more
Published on December 4, 2008 by Corey Turner
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