But above all of my intellectual knowledge that these guys are watering down a genre known to be epic, inaccessible and pretentiously grandiose into bite-size segments for the mass market, I still actually enjoy them, even if only a little bit. Grace Descending starts off with a piano riff that continues to build into a great climax. It would also help if Astronaut would change up their predictable song structures occasionally as well. If you can give points to God is an Astronaut for anything else on this record, it's that they didn't go full-on explosion in every single track, like some of their imitators do. Like so many excellent modern progressive rock bands Astronaut needs to make that leap of faith that carries them into a more diverse and inventive musical path devoid of pre-determined formulas such as math-rock, neo-prog, various metal genres or post-rock.
It's pretty good if you listen to a couple of tracks here and there in isolation, but as a 1 hour album it gets rather tedious fairly quickly. The band's lineup has remained the same since its inception, including Torsten Kinsella on vocals, guitars and keyboards, Neils Kinsella on Bass, Guitars and visuals, and Lloyd Hanney playing drums and synthesizers. If you like this kind of post-rock give it a try, but it really isn't my cup of tea. This is a good album. Of course it has all a nice sound, but if you don't strictly use it as a soundtrack you will just find if very boring. However, each track here does retain some memorable qualities, and parts even reach the point of being 'catchy', in a pop sense. The song has a melancholic longing or nostalgia for a person, place or thing that is far away from you or about to slip away.
This went on and on for this particular school performance and the kids in the audience loved it. Similar to many pop artists, these songs are short, have distinct repetitions, and focus heavily on memorable melodies, usually played on guitar, although piano features regularly, and the opening track even has some Sigur R's-esque distant vocals carrying its lead hook. Yes, music became warmer, softer, even more polished, so not every band's old fan will be happy with this release. But main difference in sound is as it happened earlier this year with 65dos new album more electronic, mellow and rounded sound. Joined by long-time drummer Lloyd Hanney, contributions also come from Xenon Field on sound design and former member Jamie Dean on keys.
So, it is pleasant in it's own way, but it really isn't anything that would get you interested in investigating their other albums. On the whole, it may be a pleasant enough listen to those who haven't heard much post-rock before, but post-rock fans will already have plenty of superior albums and newbies to the genre will soon leave this rather unsatisfying piece behind. Posted Friday, March 23, 2012 Review 679714 This is the first album I listened to by God is An Astronaut, and I think I won't dig any deeper in their discography. They are known for their beautiful, heavily layered melodies, ambient vocals, and dynamic songs, as well as their extensive use of lights and visuals for their live shows. It distils into four minutes all the pain, sadness and longing felt by many over a much-longer timeframe. Sure, Mogwai and other post rock bands have recorded short songs, but many times, those songs flow into each other, where on this album, every song is it's own entity and none of them seem to have anything to do with each other, just like pop songs on a popular album.
A wide spectrum of emotions are conjured over the course of the album and, while half of the tracks feature vocals, the voices have been laden with resonant swathes of effects so as to retain a similar ambiguity to the instrumentals. On the chorus to Shores of Orion you can almost hear something that sounds like a synth or guitar solo. Post rock doesn't have to be all lengthy songs, they just have to have more depth to them. Their whole compositional setup reminds me of when I was teaching several teenage guitar students during Nirvana's Teen Spirit ride on the hit charts. Posted Thursday, April 19, 2012 Review 733077 Despite the rather bleak cover artwork, God Is an Astronaut's Far From Refuge doesn't exclusively occupy the sort of bleak, post-apocalyptic territory of much post-rock.
And then there are the crescendocore tracks. Group from the Ireland and play in the genre of Ambient, Post-Rock, on 22-February-18, 15:20 God Is an Astronaut in status is active and recorded on the label of the. Repeat listens don't do this good either, I'm afraid. The rhythms on each song pretty much hold a constant beat on each individual song, This is also to help the music be more pop- like. Posted Friday, May 21, 2010 Review 282839. I think the best way to describe this is Post Rock Lite.
Sea of Trees 04:49 If there are no links - - And write a link to the album. Soaring and steadily building lead work from the guitar flies overtop the rest of the mix, before breaking down in a heavier climax. There is pain and loss at work here, but not pain and loss that are given in to. A particular group of my students who could barely play the three chords to Wild Thing prepared a major opus for the school music assembly by playing those three chords very softly with mostly bass for four reps and then blasting the same three chords very loudly for four more reps. Without huge tracks and monolithic soundscapes, these guys sound a bit too weak underneath their cousins, because even though they interject ambient passages into the structures, and many of the songs have a slower and more laid-back mood, with their formula of short and cheery, God is an Astronaut miss out on so much depth in songwriting. I wouldn't go as far to call it derivative - these guys certainly have their own sound, it's just that it's not a sound that lasts all too long, even within an album.
Think of the interplay between light and leaves when sunlight shines through trees. But for me their new sound is not better or worse , it just a bit changed. Their brand of post rock is to try to make it easy for people to listen to. Later on in their career, the electronic elements would become a positive side to their music, but on this album, let's just say they're pretty poor. Melancholic, yet uplifting, beautiful guitar work, lush backing ambiance and some of the most technically accomplished and tasteful drumming the genre has to offer are all staples of the music heard on 'Fifth Sun'. Likewise, their melancholy verses carry a lot of emotional impact and occasionally channel Eno's world weary 70s ambient rock. Fuck The Facts,1,Death Motif,1,Death n Roll,4,Death n' Roll,5,Death Rock,2,Death Temple,1,Death Worship,1,Deathcode Society,1,Deathcore,226,Deathcult,1,Deathfare,1,Deathforge,1,Deathgrind,34,deathhammer,2,Deathkin,1,deathmetal? Vinyl cutting at half speed is a highly specialized process which produces a louder, cleaner cut which far surpasses what is achievable on a standard speed cut.