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Country : Canada / Québec Label : Constellation Genres and styles : Drone / Noise / Pop-Rock Year : 2012
Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

· by Alain Brunet

So GY!BE was strictly a ’90s phenomenon? The two six-and-a-half-minute drones and two instrumental frescoes of about 20 minutes each, gathered in this monumental project, and a Polaris Prize to boot, invalidate that perception. A decade of hiatus and then new sound immersions, the spark of a new beginning on stage, and then… the Maple Spring’s red squares and other planetary struggles at their boiling point have really inspired Montreal’s post-rock leaders. The original strengths of the group have been redoubled, more mature compositions and more assured performances heralding a new creative cycle.

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