Alex Grujevski. Marco Pinna. Alan Wildheart. Andrew Engelbrecht. Brian Bean. Sky Valley. Adam F. Geoffrey Simmons. Matthieu JOLY. Doug Bolden. Their sound is energetic and very melodic with the center of attention being shared with the guitar or the piano. Thanks to the synth effects and lovely Forever Lost - God Is An Astronaut - All Is Violent work they make you feel like you're flying above the clouds and enjoying the view and feeling the breeze, but then all of the beauty stops and the energy in their sound start to show off with bombastic playing by the members of All Is Bright band will still having that melodic edge and that's when you hit the ground hard, but instead of feeling painful All Is Bright really fun and enjoyable and you just want to do it again.
Not all of the songs in the album follow the crescendo formula Godspeed uses and that's a good thing. Highlights of the album are "All is Violent, all is Bright" great and fierce drumming near the endthe beautiful "Forever Lost" and the dynamic "Suicide by Star".
The rest of the song follow closely behind this ones. So the album has a Forever Lost - God Is An Astronaut - All Is Violent balance and there aren't bad songs. This is a very accessible album and have a mainstream feel to it, but don't let that keep you from enjoying them.
The drawback of the album is that the magic wears off after repeated listening. The effects won't sound as ear blowing as the first times and that's when the album settles. I don't think that it would be an excellent addition to any prog collection, but it is an excellent addition to any post-rock collection.
So if you're into the genre or just starting out, go and get All is Violent, all is Bright. It'll win your heart from the first listen. It was only fairly recent that I discovered this album. I read a lot of positive comments on them and decided to check upon them as soon as possible. This eventually meant that I obtained a copy of their studio album 'All is Violent, All is Forever Lost - God Is An Astronaut - All Is Violent, which is what this review will be all about.
You black Emperor, whereas on other moments they distinctly remind me of the epic space rockers of British bands Oceansize and Amplifier. If this album resembles their typical sound, then I cannot wait to get my hands on the other items included in their discography.
Breathy synthesizers accompany the melodic guitar segments and the drummer creates a great foundation for the others to work on freely. I find that time flies by when I listen to this album, the various melodies are not too complicated, for prog rock standards that is, but the overall combination of the various instruments, the spacey atmosphere, the variation in melodies, chords, pace etc. What impressed me a lot was the use of drum computers on a couple of tracks, without losing the epic sound that they manage to create song upon song upon song.
I cannot wait to replay the album when the closing track When Forever Lost - God Is An Astronaut - All Is Violent dies has ended, indicating that the last 48 minutes, yet again, flew by without realising it was that long a time. In short: you like heavy distorted walls of sound? You like Mi Vaca Lechera - Digno Garcia Y Sus Carios - Recuerdos De Andalucia, breathy keyboards, you like intensive but laidback drumming?
You like melodic as well as distorted guitars? For anyone not familiar with their sound, imagine taking some epic electronic movie soundtrack or something and adding some tasty guitar with lots of reverb. The music here is never complex, and sticks to just making some nice melodies.
So if you want to relax and enjoy some nice thinking music, try this. The drums are really active after 3 minutes as the sound again reaches another level. Just a beautiful sounding song with piano and synths leading the way. A fuller sound All Is Bright before a minute before the song relaxes again. This contrast of soft and loud continues. It gets intense a minute later.
Since there are no vocals, no virtuosic solos, no well-developed melodies, and no steady dance beats, the band gets its instrumental points across by mood, varying the power, volume, and pace within repetitive patterns. It will still sound to many listeners like a music-minus-one experience -- U2 without Bonofor example -- but that's the point. The God Is an Astronaut musicians are alternative rock purists intent on affecting their audience with the overall sound of their music alone.
Pilot Man - Precious Wilson - On The Race Track Friday 9 August Saturday 10 August Sunday 11 August Monday 12 August Tuesday 13 August Forever Lost - God Is An Astronaut - All Is Violent Wednesday 14 August Thursday 15 August Friday 16 August Saturday 17 August Sunday 18 August Monday 19 August Tuesday 20 August Wednesday 21 August Thursday 22 August Friday 23 August Saturday Four 2 Zero - General Mumble - Please Pump In Some Colour! August Sunday 25 August Monday 26 August Tuesday 27 August All Is Bright 28 August Thursday 29 August Friday 30 August Saturday 31 August Sunday 1 September Monday 2 September Tuesday 3 September Wednesday 4 September Thursday 5 September Friday 6 September Saturday 7 September Sunday 8 September Monday 9 September Tuesday 10 September Wednesday 11 September Thursday 12 September Friday 13 September Saturday 14 September Sunday 15 September Monday 16 September Tuesday 17 September Wednesday 18 September Thursday 19 September I absolutely love how atmospheric this album is.
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