13 Angels Standing Guard 'round the Side of Your Bed
  • 13 Angels Standing Guard 'round the Side of Your Bed
  • A Silver Mt. Zion
  • He Has Left Us Alone, but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corners of Our Rooms...

13 Angels Standing Guard ‘round the Side of Your Bed - A Silver Mt. Zion (from “He Has Left Us Alone, but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corners of Our Rooms…”)

DUBLIN- 7AM ferry.  high seas and we are pummeled.  rock-joint= was once temple bar music centre, now it’s called the button factory.  carpeted stage and dead ceilings/walls.  like playing in a congested lung.  a tough slog but we plant a flag on top of it and rest our heads on the crowd’s shoulders for awhile.  too many kids on terrible drugs.  the modern human condition in full-bloom.  load-out is through 4.5 blocks of cobblestoned temple bar debauchery.  rivers of puke and piss and misery.  thierry’s pain continues unabated.  the rain falls in thin lazy sheets across all our horizons.

***man!***toilet!***rope!—> {a summary de-brief!ng of our U.K. “travails”…} by efrim

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress – album stream

The Guardian is currently streaming ALL of GY!BE’s new album, “Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress“ through Soundcloud. If you don’t go check it out right now, you are wasting your time. Below is what The Guardian had to say about the release.

It’s a rare group that makes a point of noting their new LP is a single album, but that’s what Godspeed You! Black Emperor are doing with their new album, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress – which they observe is their first single album since their earliest days.

With four tracks, and clocking in at a shade over 40 minutes, this is not exactly a poptastic version of Godspeed, but it’s a more focussed version of the Canadian postrock giants than we’re used to. Some phrases from the press release should give you an idea of what to expect: “Huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorched-earth transitions”. If you’re still thinking that maybe there’s a hitherto concealed Carly Rae Jepsen influence, let us note only that the final song is called Piss Crowns Are Trebled.

Will you be left recoiling in awe at the sheer majesty of these songs, left flattened by the avalanche force of 297 guitars? Have a listen and let us know what you think.

And here are links to the individual songs:
Peasantry, or ‘Light! Inside of Light! (10:28) (Previously known as Behemoth)
Lambs’ Breath (9:52)
Asunder, Sweet (6:13)
Piss Crowns Are Trebled (13:50)

You can pre-order Godspeed’s 6th album directly from Constellation Records if you live in Canada, or from a massive number of other distributors available on Constellation’s page for the album, which releases on March 31st. 

Godspeed will tour through Europe the entire month after the release. A list of tour dates is available here on Constellation’s Website.

“Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light” by Godspeed You! Black Emperor // Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (Out 3.31.15 via Constellation Records)

Make no mistake, with the albums already slated for release in 2015 - we are currently in what is shaping up to be a monumental year for new music. The newest addition to that growing list is a new album from Montreal’s brilliant collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, entitled Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. This will be the band’s sixth full length, and the first since 2012’s searing Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!. Right now, we can even sample one section of a track that will be featured on the album. “Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!” is a blistering, majestic blast of heavy that sounds like the band creating something that borders on optimistic. By the end of the excerpt, we are swaying from middle-eastern tinged post rock straight into a beautiful cacophony that sounds like a celebration on the verge of the apocalypse. Brilliant and generally fucking stunning. It’s certainly the work of one of the best musician collectives in the world, and I am elated to hear that there is more down the road.