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The black cover of 'Slow Riot to New Zero Kanda' with its stark Hebrew lettering gives somewhat of an insight into the bleak musical journey inside. Here, GB!YE have crafted half an hour of bittersweet despair, which is both mesmerising and memorable.
The first track, Moya, is best described as impossibly beautiful. It is an eleven minute instrumental blending a range of classical and modern instruments to create a mix of motifs which give the piece its driving movement. It is the clever use of repeating themes and the addition of removal of these layers which characterise GB!YE's music and make it so powerfully moving and Moya is the perfect showcase of this. There is never a dull lapse for a second; the more restrained sections build the emotional tension in the piece, paving the way for the busier crescendos.
The transition between the two pieces is a seamless blend of the same musical sounds which definitely holds it together as an EP, rather than being a collection of pieces. BBF3 (Blaise Bailey Finnegan III) begins with a spoken word intro telling the tale of one man railing against his speeding ticket. This is accompanied by the gentle whine of violins and a short motif on guitar which is repeated throughout his tale. This stops this section of the song feeling thin and gives it an ethereal quality, which helps convey the 'doom and gloom' of social decay.
There is an abrupt pause at the end of this section, before the song begins to build again. There is a lovely swell of distorted guitar and violin before we hear the man's panicking ramblings again before he recites his poem, which is actually the lyrics to Iron Maiden's Virus. The rendition is poor and sounds stilted, which is quite disappointing considering the power of his speaking in earlier sections. Whilst this song lacks a lot of Moya's poignancy, and is probably one of GB!YE's weaker efforts, it is still incredibly captivating and the final section is a great summary of what makes Godspeed's music so wonderful.
If you don't mind a little of the weird and wonderful in your music and have the patience to sit through long tracks, then this is a superb EP, even just for Moya alone. Either way, it is worth at least one listen. The desolate atmosphere from start to end makes this album hauntingly memorable.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Blaise Bailey Finnegan III