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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the Canadian post-rock band was recorded and mixed by Greg Norman.
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  • Record Label: Constellation
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Sep 25, 2017
    95
    It’s still a functionally and otherwise dazzling work, one that sits nicely among the band's compositions.
  2. Sep 22, 2017
    90
    Vital, vibrant, and necessary, Luciferian Towers is a stunning addition to Godspeed's storied catalogue.
  3. Sep 21, 2017
    80
    If you’re familiar with Godspeed’s work, this is far from a reinvention, but it’s also not a record of mourning, as much of the collective’s music has been described. Instead, it feels more like a call to action and creation, even if only to assemble an hour or so of music.
  4. Mojo
    Oct 24, 2017
    80
    The sprawling Montreal ensemble [is] nback at their most spirited, their Weltschmerz poured into wordless music of soaring transcendence and, on occasion, fierce beauty. [Dec 2017, p.91]
  5. 75
    An album full of ugly [moments]. Ugly isn’t bad on a Godspeed record--the “wrong notes” that permeate “Fam/Famine” resonate as our inability to articulate rage--but it does result in an album that’s more bombast than beauty, which, despite the album’s themes of revolution, can make for an especially dissonant listen.
  6. Sep 28, 2017
    70
    Even though it doesn’t seem like this is the end of this road, the process has already borne fruit in the case of Luciferian Towers and presented a different facade. But it feels there is still ground to cover to reach the end goal, and that is very promising.
  7. Sep 22, 2017
    40
    On the whole, these tracks feel partially-realized, like demos that didn’t get wholly fleshed out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 25, 2017
    8
    I think the biggest virtue in having three Godspeed albums throughout these last five years, is that each one of them had enough power andI think the biggest virtue in having three Godspeed albums throughout these last five years, is that each one of them had enough power and thrill to convince us all why no other band sounds quite like this. Not that there should. GY!BE is one of a kind, and always kinda been. On Luciferian Towers, there´s enough room for unsettlement, contemporary imagery and stark sensitivity just as 2012´s Allelujah! and 2015´s Asunder... only that this time each suite works separately, and even though that puts onto risk the continuity they always have delivered their album listening experience, gives us on the other hand a bit of more nuance to their shock tactics. It´s probably more heartfelt, and more concise. This album systematically makes you give a couple of nods for Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Amen. Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2017
    8
    Even though sonic experimentation was the dominant priority and ultimately the strongest element, this album shows the real importance ofEven though sonic experimentation was the dominant priority and ultimately the strongest element, this album shows the real importance of having strong linear motion and musical organization, as loose and disguised as it may be, when working with a slow, massive, stretched ambience, creating beauty at almost every turn. My Score: 142/180 (Solid) = 7.9/10 Expand
  3. Sep 30, 2017
    7
    This is a good Godspeed record. It's not a great Godspeed record. The Anthem for No Nation coda is Godspeed at their near best, smart andThis is a good Godspeed record. It's not a great Godspeed record. The Anthem for No Nation coda is Godspeed at their near best, smart and brooding to start, ending in an excellent crescendo that ranks right up there with the ending Mladic off of Hallelujah, Don't Bend Ascend, however the album as a whole is a little bit underwhelming. Overall stronger than Asunder, but weaker than their category bending yet genre defining earlier masterpieces. Expand

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