Godspeed You! Black Emperor announced completely out of no where that they will be releasing a brand new album in Europe October 15th and October 16th worldwide, via Constellation Records. What was even more cool about all of the new album news, is that they sold it at a show in Boston the other night. This is with absolute no announcements prior.
The album is called ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND!, and it’s the band’s first album in the past ten years. The album will be sold as a CD and 180 gram “virgin” vinyl, which will include an extra 7″, packaged in a tipped-on gatefold jacket with spot metallic ink/matte varnish. It’s four songs and its span is 53 minutes.
Constellation Records has this to say about the album:
Having emerged from hiatus at the end of 2010, GYBE picked up right where they left off, immediately re-capturing the sound and material that had fallen dormant in 2003 and driving it forward with every show of their extensive touring over the last 18 months. The new album presents the fruits of that labour: evolved and definitive versions of two huge compositions previously known to fans as “Albanian” and “Gamelan”, now properly titled as “MLADIC” and “WE DRIFT LIKE WORRIED FIRE” respectively. Accompanied by the new drones (stitched into the album sequence on CD; cut separately on their own 7? for the LP version), GYBE have offered up a fifth album that we feel is as absolutely vital, virulent, honest and heavy as anything in their discography.
The tracklist is below.
ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND!
02. THEIR HELICOPTERS’ SING
03. WE DRIFT LIKE WORRIED FIRE
04. STRUNG LIKE LIGHTS AT THEE PRINTEMPS ERABLE