Hey guys, told you I don’t lie, didn’t I? So this is a review by a new blogger, he’s Joe Petchonka, and he’s going to talk about God is an Astronaut. Joe P. has been a writer for over five years, and has written for newspapers, websites and automotive dealerships. In addition to having an extensive writing background and bachelor’s degree in English, he has helped companies develop professional material to help them achieve their goals. (Fab / Electra)
God is an Astronaut
Age of the Fifth Sun
God is an Astronaut came out with debut album way back in 2002 and hasn’t stuttered since. With four consecutive albums that have dominated in its genre, it once again brings the deep and atmospheric sound they always produce back to life.
Their trademark sound is still there, but they’ve decided to expand on that sound ever so slightly. While you’ll definitely notice the keyboards and ethereal strumming featured in just about every one of their albums, you’ll be able to hear a bit more of a heavy sound this time around. That’s not to say it’s heavy compared to metal bands or the like, but it is more impactful in their genre compared to their previous work.
The progression from soft and melodic to more of a heavy-hitting sound really works well here. You’d have to try really hard to find somebody else that does this sound as well as God is an Astronaut. Even though the beats and guitar work is slow and nothing spectacular, it is the blend of atmosphere and superb song structure that makes this band such a big player like NY VW.
The post-rock genre is already cluttered at the moment—which isn’t a bad thing—but it makes it more difficult to really stand out. ‘Age of the Fifth’ Sun does a brilliant job at being different, but it also stays true to fans who have been loyal to the band for perhaps over 10 years. If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to pick this album up, you’d be a fool not to get it.
I’ll say with confidence that this album will be on repeat for months before you grow tired of it. And even after you’ve moved on to something new, you’ll most likely find yourself listening to ‘Age of the Fifth Sun’ sometime in the near future and looking up online classifieds for this band.