Godspeed You! Black Emperor: “Luciferian Towers” Album Review

Written By: Brandon Basile 

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Rock For Rolling

Originality: (4.0 / 5)
Vocals/Flow: (4.0 / 5)
Production: (5.0 / 5)
Average: (4.3 / 5)

How do you listen to music with no words? With your soul or something else flowery if you haven’t sold it way yet. A lot of us know that the world can be a cold place so we make music, art, and such to give hope to each other and ourselves.  Something to help you escape at least long enough so that you can imagine that it will be okay. The canadian experimental rock music group Godspeed You! Black Emperor knows all about escape artistry as their music has always been aggressively zen-ful.  Their post-rock sounds have always been expansive in textures and emotion as their songs are usually longer than 10 minutes long, even as long as 25 minutes on some of their earlier albums. The group has been taking us on audio storytelling ventures since their first album F#a#infinity in 1996 and here in 2017 the musical collective has graced us with another trip into sound with Luciferian Towers.  Strap in your ear buds and get ready for the climb!… or fall? Indeed.

One of the first things that I noticed while approaching this album is that usually their albums would be less than 5 tracks long with extensive running time on each track, but this time around the band brought us a total of 8 tracks but it is still essentially 4 songs broken up into their different parts and musical segments.  For such expansive compositions song titles would be a crucial aspect for encapsulating each musical experience. Godspeed has always had interesting and engaging titles for their works and this album is no different. One is solely left to wonder what the title Luciferian Towers could be in reference to specifically, but a tower in relation to Lucifer wouldn’t be a place you would want to find yourself in. The irony is that these towers are suggested to be the systems of oppression, entrapment, etc. wrought by humanity itself.  The Montreal group released some written album information on their thoughts and processes while creating this project including a list of grand demands including:

  • an end to foreign invasion
  • an end to borders
  • the total dismantling of the prison–industrial complex
  • healthcare, housing, food and water acknowledged as an inalienable human right
  • the expert fuckers who broke this world never get to speak again

These are musicians using their music as a voice to speak against the ills of the world and these monuments of maliciousness that we as human beings are taught to have to work around and ignore.  Luciferian Towers is great for listening with a sober mind but definitely has vibes perfect for partaking in your vice of choice. Trust me. It is not as dark as it sounds. Godspeed has given us music for battling against the machines in the skies and the machines in our minds.  Though there is a great deal of brooding tension, sonically speaking Luciferian Towers focuses a lot more on positive ascent, upheaval, and uprising than the negative darkness the album’s title would suggest.  We implore you take the ride with the Black Emperor gang. Feel the comfort of the community and wonder why anyone would ever want to tear us apart. Play it loud and let the music flow through you. The Godspeed You! Black Emperor band is no stranger to touring so be on the lookout for them coming near you. You won’t want to miss this experience.