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God Is An Astronaut: The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End is a live studio output by Irish Post-rockers God Is An Astronaut and is basically a live recording of their 2002 debut The End Of The Beginning using some different and more advanced techniques without shadowing the essence of the original melodies and song structures. This is my first contact with this band and their music, even though they’ve released a total of ten studio albums so far… but I guess post-rock is not my thing, so I went back and listened to their debut so I could have a better picture of what I was listening to and be able to submit an objective review, and these are my thoughts on the album:

I like this version better because the 2021 production values enhance the musical maturity of the band, the drums sound amazing, rawer, less produced, authentic, and powerful and that balances the electronic aspect of their music that was more evident in the original version. The lessons learned throughout two decades of live shows playing most of the tracks positively impact the result, everything is more audible and therefore more enjoyable. This band knows how to create very fine arrangements, create unique textures and tonalities on their instruments and that strength makes it easier for them to integrate logical and smart variations to their songs, to slightly transform them and make them both actual and transcendental. The more evident improvements can be heard on “From Dust to Beyond”, “Coda”, “Fall from The Stars” and “Route 666”, they all sound heavier and more memorable, and it shows how after so many years these tracks can shine with a renewed light and improved musicality. The music in this album is very melancholic and cold, but quite enjoyable, a good rendition to their twenty-year-old classic.

Track Listing:
  1. The End of The Beginning (4:46)
  2. From Dust to the Beyond (7:05)
  3. Ascend to Oblivion (4:17)
  4. Coda (4:33)
  5. Remembrance (5:07)
  6. Point Pleasant (5:58)
  7. Fall From the Stars (4:20)
  8. Twilight (4:33)
  9. Coma (1:16)
  10. Route 666 (5:06)
  11. Lost Symphony (5:06)

Added: June 29th 2022
Reviewer: Jose Antonio Marmol
Related Link: Band @ Bandcamp
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Language: english

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