9: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

GYBE

Such a surprise when this was announced, late in autumn. For such a legendary band it was amazing to think that GY!BE only had fourteen recorded tracks in their entire discography before this. (Of course, it helps if most of those are more than twenty minutes long.) More material was always going to be lapped up and these pieces do not disappoint – the doom-laden atmosphere seems so much more appropriate now than in, say, 2000, when things were actually going pretty well now that we look back. Have they moved on? Possibly. The two shorter drone-based pieces are newish, but the two longer (albeit excellent) tracks could probably have fitted seamlessly on previous releases. The fact remains that no-one else is making music like this, and it is still utterly uncompromising.

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