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Explosions in the Sky
Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
With broad, sweeping motions that steal up on soft whispers of layered guitars and a relentless, crescendo cadence of kick drum and snare, Explosions In the Sky erupt from melodic, almost shy beginnings into a gale force.

Hushed, rustling themes give way to clever climactic eruptions, and the wandering guitars explore an ocean of notes in between. "Greet Death" dances out of the gates, but quickly reels everything in with the guitar hook that heart-achingly evokes the ghosts of every great Dinosaur Jr. song of the last decade. Like a magician or, more accurately, like Mogwai, Explosions In the Sky eschew brevity for huge, soaring compositions that can hit you with such a subtle wall of sound as to seem almost ethereal. Explosions In the Sky has the tendency to be more overt in their seduction (as in "Yasmin the Light").

Really an impressive album, especially for a debut, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever lives up to promise hinted at in the band's name, completely engaging in so many ways. In all honesty and fairness I have to say that there is a very distinct genre represented here, and although the elements are all sparkling clean in their ability to make an impression there is little originality in the concept. It's more indicative of the slowcore universe in which A Silver Mt Zion lives than it is of Sigur Rós or the even more often cloned Radiohead, and it sticks to its allegiances a little too closely, falling victim of a number of clichés. Vocals are almost completely absent from the album, but do surface in the latter half of the album, such as the spoken linguistics of "Have You Passed Through This Night?". While I was impressed with the ability to leave out the extra drum machine beats, electronic noises and field recordings that are quickly becoming the new trend in creative substitutes, Explosions In the Sky would do well to push a few boundaries in the future.

Considering that it is engaging for both the fans of Slit and Black Box Recorder as it is for fans of Queensryche and Metallica, I suppose that, taken as an expression of melody and contrasting volumes and dynamics, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever succeeds without question, and it does indeed Totally Fucking Destroy, as promised.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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