'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Nov 15, 2012
    90
    Godspeed have once again created a challenging, intense, evocative work, worthy of their canon.
  2. Nov 15, 2012
    85
    The album lives up to its name in every way on this powerful, bruising, yet generous record.
  3. Nov 15, 2012
    90
    'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! sells itself.
  4. Nov 15, 2012
    89
    The time-tested tracks not only showcase the band doing what they do best in notoriously long, dramatic, panic-inducing instrumentals but are also startling reminders on why the band was so vital and lead such a movement to begin with.
  5. Nov 15, 2012
    90
    'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! is a truly unforgettable experience.
  6. Nov 15, 2012
    83
    The disc is padded with two shorter pieces that serve as ambient interludes only.... That doesn't detract from the alternating bombast and delicacy of 'Allelujah!, but it does make the album feel more like a prelude to a comeback than a full-on renaissance.
  7. Allelujah! seems more immediate and more organic, but instead of feeling blown away by it's unreachable drama and grandeur, with a decade of age behind us and the band, it feels inhabitable in a way Godspeed never has before.
  8. Nov 15, 2012
    90
    'Allelujah!'s symmetrical sequencing-two 20-minute suites, two 6-minute drones-is as stark and stout as anything the band have released to date, unflinching as it stares extreme horror dead in the eye.
  9. Nov 15, 2012
    90
    Godspeed is all about wide-open spaces here. And it's easier to find transcendence in the desolation, to get hypnotized by a single note, or get lost in rearranging the four vinyl sides into your own personal manifesto.
  10. Nov 15, 2012
    93
    Few can match their feel for arrangement or sense of structure.
  11. Nov 15, 2012
    100
    The Godspeed ethos of wordlessly eliciting universal truths is remains as devastatingly effective as ever.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 25, 2013
    8
    Life in a soundtrack. There are the drones and then there are the pieces that sound like classic Godspeed doing there dark yet sentimentalLife in a soundtrack. There are the drones and then there are the pieces that sound like classic Godspeed doing there dark yet sentimental look on the world. This album has beauty. It has strength. Most of all though it has you, its listener who it will toy with until its very end... Full Review »
  2. Dec 17, 2012
    9
    An almost perfect album. Godspeed You! Black Emperor return with guns blazing on this record. 53 minute album containing only 4 tracks. TheAn almost perfect album. Godspeed You! Black Emperor return with guns blazing on this record. 53 minute album containing only 4 tracks. The opener "Mladic" is quite the opener. It's nearly 20 minutes long and completely KICKS ASS. They have a knack for small details and texture to their songs. It almost seems like the song sounds different each time I listen to it because I always catch new things about it. It's a difficult album at first though. Really difficult. It's one of those albums that'll click with you one day. All In All, if you have the patience, give this beautiful album a listen. It'll blow you away. A- Full Review »
  3. Dec 9, 2012
    8
    At a time where post-rock is more a joke than a reputable genre, Godspeed You! Black Emperor return from Valhalla to show the world how it