Wednesday, July 11, 2007

God is an Astronaut - Far from Refuge (2007)

Again, not a metal album, but post-rock. God is an Astronaut do theirs like Come On Die Young-era Mogwai, or Explosions in the Sky, and they do it well enough. It's just that the album never really clicks with me until the very end, and even then it's not enough of a saving grace for me to fully recommend it. The album gets by with the post-rock staple bittersweet, sad-then-happy ohmygosh! type melodies, but with it being 90% guitar driven (lightly distorted), I lose interest quickly without any vocals. The last two songs "Lateral Noise," and "Beyond the Dying Light" bring on some creepy noise/ambience, really the best part of the whole album.

GiaA are a contributor to the growing popularity of the post-rock scene, but they're really nothing special in the end, just a semi-boring, one-trick pony a la the aforementioned Explosions in the Sky. I'm excited about this band's potential, and they're really not bad, worth a shot if you're a post-rock completist or Mogwai/EitS fanboy.


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