Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada review by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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  • Released: Mar 8, 1999
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (4 votes)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada

Sound — 9
This is the first EP from Canadian post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor (not including their rare demo tapes from their early years). There is two tracks on this album, with the album adding up to an album length of 28:36. The Godspeed You! Black Emperor sound is that of spacious drones, builds and falls, quiet, melodic guitars, and vocal samples. The sounds on each release is cinematic and paints vivid images. The music is politically tinged, with the members of the group being either anarchists or anti-authoritarian, and vocal samples or song titles giving insight into the message of the music or your own view on the songs.

Lyrics — 9
The album is largely instrumental, with the exception being the interview and poetry on the track "BBF3." The track "Moya" is named after fellow Godspeed You! Black Emperor member Mike Moya. The interview on "BBF3" blends eccentric political ramblings by the interviewee and he then proceeds to recite a poem. The entire interview and poem recital is somewhat buried in the mix but is still audible and freaking great. Whilst there is no actual singing from Efrim Menuck on this release, the instrumentation and samples paint their own story.

Overall Impression — 9
This album is the definition of audible serenity, there is so many musical peaks and valley and experimental musical moments and audio trickery. In comparison to other Godspeed You! Black Emperor, it's still a fantastic release, only downside being that the shorter time given due to being an EP, but it holds up just as well as any other release by the band. The sound is melancholy, and strikes a balance between the storm and the calm. Godspeed You! Black Emperor are a beautiful band, a chaotic band, and ultimately - a necessary band. If you are a fan of drone, dark ambient, or post-rock, I implore you to listen to this.

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    The logo stands for "chaos" in old, bibled style decorated Hebrew by the way
    It's good, but compared to more recent post-rock bands (Joy Wants Eternity, This Will Destroy You and Explosions In The Sky being good examples) it doesn't stand out that much.