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Explosions In The Sky

Explosions In The Sky: Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live ForeverThose Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever (2001)
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It's hard enough to be a good band these days. You don't necessarily have to be innovative, but you damn well had better be talented to gain the respect of listeners. By listeners, I mean people that don't sing the praises of bands on Drive-Thru or Trustkill. I'm talking about educated listeners, an.
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It's hard enough to be a good band these days. You don't necessarily have to be innovative, but you damn well had better be talented to gain the respect of listeners. By listeners, I mean people that don't sing the praises of bands on Drive-Thru or Trustkill. I'm talking about educated listeners, and people who like a diverse array of music. That's the crowd not easily pleased. Making that even harder is not having vocals in your music. Insturmental bands have to be a special breed, one that can engage listeners and hold our attention with other things, and in other places that the vocals of most bands would have covered. There are bands that do this well. The Mercury Program, Tristeza, 1 Mile North, and then the subject of this review: Explosions In The Sky.

This is Explosions In The Sky's first official release. They did, however, have a demo floating around before this was put out in 2001, and they owe a lot of their accolades and hype to that demo. From that arose interest in the band, and Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever is where they delivered. The four piece from Texas put out one of the best debuts and just altogether best releases of 2001.

Extremes are the name of the game here. From a dull, clean pluck of the guitar, to thunderous drum fills and crunching guitars. Tempo swings and mood changes at a moment's notice are the centerpiece of this album and the reason why it's so dynamic. While listening, you can't help but be transported to a place all on it's own. Every chord and drum fill hits you separately while at the same time creating a wall of sound. Plenty of bands try the different dynamics of being mellow and loud at what seems like the same time, but never does it sound so effortless and utterly well done as with Explosions In The Sky. The open song structure is never confined by the chorus and verse standard that so many bands can't pry themselves away from, and only enhances the impact each song has on you. There's a distinct organization to these songs, but the layering and texturing of it will make you listen a few times before you 'get it.' It's never confined, and never quite what you expect to hear around each bend. The pitter-patter sounds on the snare drum can be followed by loud, punishing chords, or shimmering, clean plucks on the strings. This is music that drives to keep you guessing.

The album's opener, "Greet Death," has bass tones just as smooth as the guitars are crunching. The marching drums are a staple of many songs, and provide a strong base to be built upon by either the bass or guitars. Many times it will fade out, only to provide a remnant of what previously existed there. Never fully going away but only accentuating the centerpiece are the smooth guitar sounds. The songs never really lose touch with what they set out to do, be it build into a crashing crescendo, as in "Have You Passed Through This Night," or just stay intense throughout the song's duration. "A Poor Man's Memory" is where the guitar absolutely pummels, with heavy drum fills and splashes echoing in behind it. This is the type of moment that beautifully contrasts how soft and mellow this album can be at times. You'd almost never expect the two extremes to be made by the same set of musicians. These guys know how to create a balance, however, and finely tiptoe the line between the loud/soft dynamic. This album closes in granduer, with the truly epic, 12-minute "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept." The song starts out with heavy feedback and slowly transitions to faint guitar at the forefront, beautifully stringing you along. That signature marching drum is barely in the background, but it's enough that you know it's there. The height of this song comes at about the 7:30 mark, where things are truly in full gear. Everything soon comes crashing down and mellows out for the duration, but never loses you. It never wavers. This is exactly how songs should be crafted. remnence My one, and only gripe with this CD is the production values. More could have been done in the way of production, but it's a problem fixed on 2003's The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place. It's not enough to hinder the album though, not even for a second. Throughout the album, it runs the gamut of human emotion. This band says more without lyrics than most bands can ever hope to with them. This truly is a statement, and I just hope you're all willing to listen and take notice if you haven't already. This band has something to say.

 

 
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Angiepants (December 27, 2006)

The first time I heard "Have You Passed Through This Night" my head exploded.

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

I like 'The Earth...' more...but only a little. I love this one almost as much for 'Greet Death', 'The Moon Is Down' and 'Have You Passed...'. They're also probably the loudest band I've ever seen live. Them playing 'Have You Passed Through This Night?' as a closer was like being punched in the face...

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

an interesting fact about this cd is that it was released on September 10th 2001, and inside the cd jacket reads "this plane will crash tommorow". Is that weird or what?

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

I love this cd.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

This score is for the CD cover.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 30, 2004)

i want to have their babies.

Anonymous (December 30, 2004)

Ah ha ha, "educated listeners".

What do you call Ornette Coleman listeners then?

Anonymous (December 29, 2004)

their drummer is the only cool thing to come out of rockford illinois in the last 15 years

Anonymous (December 29, 2004)

talent does not mean they make good music. i'm not even saying i hate tool or anything, just that because they are talented doesn't automatically mean they make great music.

explosions in the sky is possibly the best band in texas right now, regardless of genre. seeing them live is like a religious experience.

theundergroundscene (December 29, 2004)

I don't think anyone should ever rip on Tool.

There is no way you can deny the fact that that band has incredible amounts of talent. Danny Carey is mindblowingly amazing.

Anonymous (December 29, 2004)

i love tool

and explosions

sethcohen (December 29, 2004)

"I bet you said the same thing about tool 3 years ago."
Or maybe not, due to the fact that I cannot stand Tool

slippy (December 29, 2004)

I'm really glad this got reviewed. This band is intense.

Anonymous (December 29, 2004)

"This seems to be one of those bands that everybody who has heard them really likes them. I honestly don't think I've ever heard anybody ever say anything negative about them. They are mind blowing live"

I bet you said the same thing about tool 3 years ago.

Anonymous (December 29, 2004)

www.myspace.com/IamIdaho

Go there if you like this record.

theundergroundscene (December 29, 2004)

The Friday Night Lights soundtrack was only okay. There's minimal drumming, which sucks, because the drums are an integral part of the music. With drums added, as well as more rising and falling action (like climaxes, none of the songs really explode like, say, "The Only Moment We Were Alone"), these songs are amazing.

sethcohen (December 29, 2004)

This seems to be one of those bands that everybody who has heard them really likes them. I honestly don't think I've ever heard anybody ever say anything negative about them. They are mind blowing live

Anonymous (December 28, 2004)

i haven't heard the entire soundtrack for friday night lights yet but i know some of it if not all is songs from prevous releases from them. the songs are just rerecorded. strings were added to some. what i heard is great though. this band can do no wrong.

-greyicewater

Anonymous (December 28, 2004)

"How Strange Innocence" is by far my favorite by these guys but then again they can't do much wrong. They are only slightly bested by From Monuments to Masses

matt81 (December 28, 2004)

This one gets a 9 while The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place gets a 10. This one is much more dark in my opinion than the newest one and doesn't quite catch my attention as much. I JUST bought the soundtrack to Friday Night Lights and i haven't delved through it just yet. I think it might be inappropriate to gauge the music by itself without watching the movie, which i haven't seen as I've been in Ireland for the past 4 months. I might actually put off listening to it until i watch the movie, which will probably be whenever it comes out on video, which pisses me off cuz all my friends said it was great (they all played Texas high school football, as did I, so we might be a bit biased). I did give it a real quick listen tho, mostly to the songs that were just modified a little bit from their original versions. I like the strings on Your Hand In Mine, but the actual reorganization of the song didn't do all that much for me. Regardless, everyone should give this band a try, as well as going to see them live (best live show i've EVER seen). Anyway, we'll see how I like it once i see the movie. Now, if I can only get Terry Malick to use them to write a score for one of his movies...

Inspection12e (December 28, 2004)

are you serious brian? they did the soundtrack to that terrible movie?

-i12e

inagreendase (December 28, 2004)

Has anyone heard the soundtrack they did for "Friday Night Lights?"

If so - thoughts? Opinions?

theundergroundscene (December 28, 2004)

This is my favorite band. Ever.

I prefer TEINACDP more, though.

More people should hear How Strange, Innocense. It's very good.

Anonymous (December 28, 2004)

This band hung the moon as far as I am concerned.

Anonymous (December 28, 2004)

i love this band...i saw them in chicago this fall, they were amazing

_Sexy_Pants_ (December 28, 2004)

I like this more out of the two. This one is all about building up for like 10 minutes and shooting amazing sex-like noise all over the place, and Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place meanders a little bit more. Both are rock solid though

Anchors (December 28, 2004)

Fucked that acronym up. EINACDP.

Anchors (December 28, 2004)

EAICDP is better, but this is definitely worth your time.

Inspection12e (December 28, 2004)

i dont have this one yet. is it better then the earth is not a could dead place?

-i12e

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