Godspeed You! Black Emperor : Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
If, as a band, you disappear for eight years, do your own thing, and then return, will you still be relevant? Or lost down memory lane as a faint reminder of past greatness? The odd thing about GYBE is that neither question seems to apply, especially when there are other ‘active’ bands out there without a new album in equally as many years. The odd thing about ADBA and its blend of post rock and drone sensibilities is that in eight years there doesn't seem to have been a raising of the bar so it’s not a nostalgic throwaway. There's something mesmeric in there, and in opener Mladic especially, which bears many repeated listenings.