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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.Read more ›
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.
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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This is my second time purchasing this album because the first copy I had must have been stolen out of my car or I misplaced it along with another album I also loved and it is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Theresa
Great compositions on this album. Paints a great picture of war and conflict.Published 5 months ago by Matthew
Earlier Explosions in the Sky, but doesnt let you down! Their music is so moving, emotional, and climactic it leaves you wanting more and more! Read morePublished 10 months ago by rebekah tatosian
phenomenal album, truly a great feel and an even better listen. i love this band, they'll be with me forever.Published 14 months ago by zack wilson
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 morePublished 22 months ago by MG Johnson
I frequently buy records offline and you're always rolling the dice. This was excellently packaged and the record plays flawlessly.Published on August 10, 2013 by Michael Myers
I'm slowly collecting all the songs and albums by this group as MP3. I consider this a worthwhile addition to my collection.Published on July 14, 2013 by C. Stewart
Explosions in the Sky never cease to deliver with their thoughtfully constructed blend of post-rock awe. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by elkruser
quality package, timely shipment. thanks! 15 more words required for this review so here you go. and more. and more.Published on January 27, 2013 by Adam Lalonde