- Luciferian Towers

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Rank: #129 / 522
USER SCORE
74
Based on
23 ratings

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91
Pretty Much Amazing

Luciferian Towers is a better album than Asunder. I’d venture that it’s even better than 2012’s Allelujah! Don’t Bend, Ascend! by virtue of its interludes not being completely disposable. It’s less bold than their earliest and best work (I wish they’d make another double LP one of these days), but it bodes well for their future, and stands as one of the best albums of the year.

83
A.V. Club

In a way, this new one—the band’s third since reuniting in 2011—feels like a bookend to Lift, in that it’s similarly powerful, but far more sinister.

80
The Skinny
There's little on this album that would sound out of place on any of their other works, but GY!BE's apocalyptic vision remains as relevant and powerful as ever.
80
Northern Transmissions
Raw in its instrumental passion, the record has a relentless ability to hold your attention without feeling monotonous. Endlessly inspiring, full of great beauty and with handfuls of artistic ambition, as long as you know what to expect, you’ll be blown away.
80
AllMusic

Perhaps out of necessity, the group seem more inspired here than they have in a while, and the result is arguably their best work since their 2000 opus Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven.

80
Loud and Quiet
‘Luciferian Towers’ sounds like a band banishing their brittle side with a display of populist strength, relegating the wistful washes to the sidelines in a time of crisis. Indeed, in contrast to much of Godspeed’s back catalogue, which consists of the sort of music that soundtracks from afar dreadful destruction and war, their latest album is the sort to accompany a righteous, fearless march into battle.
75
Consequence of Sound

While Luciferian Towers isn’t the shortest Godspeed album at 44 minutes — it runs four minutes longer than Asunder — it may be its most consistently emphatic. And perhaps because of that, the album never quite propels itself to the peaks of its predecessors; there are climaxes, but nothing touching the oppressive, cathartic explosions that cap off “Rockets Fall Over Rocket Falls” or “Piss Crowns Are Trebled”.

73
Pitchfork
It’s hard to watch Godspeed walk away from that menacing magic, no matter how skilled they are at the flip side of their sound. You want them to knock down towers, but for now, they’re building shelter amid the ruins.
60
The Guardian
Even if the building dynamics are the stuff of post-rock cliche, the multi-part suites Bosses Hang and Anthem for No State are saved from vague posturing by urgent rhythm sections powering them over the barricades.
Sep 14, 2017*
dearsongs
87
Streaming on NPR starting today. Thinking this is the best GYBE album since the reunion. A thing of beauty... could see my score going up even.
Sep 14, 2017
SaulCLRadiohead
60
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September 22, 2017 / Release Date
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Track List
  1. Undoing a Luciferian Towers
  2. Bosses Hang, Pt. I
  3. Bosses Hang, Pt. II
  4. Bosses Hang, Pt. III
  5. Fam / Famine
  6. Anthem for No State, Pt. I
  7. Anthem for No State, Pt. II
  8. Anthem for No State, Pt. III


Added on: July 13, 2017