Category Archives: Post-rock

Top 30 Albums of 2015: 30-16

2015, overall, has been a year of slight disappointment when it came to music. There’s been a few releases I highly anticipated but ended up being a tad disappointed in, but that hasn’t stopped some rays of sun coming through. So here it is, the first half of my end-of-year-list for releases. A lot of these ended up being EPs for some reason.  Continue reading

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Top 30 Albums of 2014: 30-16

Here’s the first half of the top 30 albums of 2014! While this year didn’t impress me anywhere near as much as last year, there were still dozens of great releases, especially in the second-half of the year. I guess as well, since this year has been very quiet for the Rich Reviewz blog (for personal reasons – 2015 will be the return of regular posts), you can see all the albums I’d wish I could have spoken about. Continue reading

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My TEMPLES FESTIVAL 2014 Experience

This is the second (and final) attempt at reviewing the weekend because the original draft reached 1,250 words by the time I covered Electric Wizard – the headliner of the first night – and I know no-one loves music enough to read an essay. So here’s my run at a brief cover of the weekend, to make it less painful for you and me.  Continue reading

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Mogwai – “RAVE TAPES” Review

Mogwai - Rave Tapes

Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Genre: Post-rock / Instrumental

Label: Rock Action

Mogwai… Mogwai… Mogwai… Mogwai is the name of a band that is just as beautiful to listen to as it is to type the name. The Glaswegian collection are revered as one of the most important bands in post-rock worldwide and while the genre has reached an undeniably stagnant and stale stage, Mogwai still manage to cause a stir of excitement with each release: lately with their soundtrack for Les Revenants, their remix album “A Wrenched Virile Lore” and now this, “Rave Tapes”, the 2014 addition to their already healthy discography.  Continue reading

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My “Damnation Festival 2012″ Experience

Sorry to disappoint, but you won’t find the review of Damnation 2012 here… but you will find it over on Eyesore Merch‘s far nicer blog by simply clicking HERE. Have a look, comment your thoughts/highlights and share it!

Anyway, it was my first Damnation Festival and was a great experience, I can definitely see myself going again.

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor – “‘ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND!” Review

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Genre: Post-rock/Ambient

Label: Constellation

For the majority of post-rock fans worldwide, Godspeed is one of the first names that will pop up. This isn’t fact, but it is likely, enough that I would wager my soul on it. Godspeed You! Black Emperor are undoubtedly one of, if not thee, biggest forces in the post-rock genre – known for their instrumental epics, involving a number of orchestral instruments and also for their use of samples and written word. All these things have contributed to pushing Godspeed to the head of the genre, giving them the forward-thinking edge over some of the more conventional bands.  Continue reading

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Top 10… Post-rock Songs.

Well, here’s my first “Top #” list, and I thought I’d start easy with a sub-genre of music that tends to be soft and tranquil… ‘tend’ being a word used out of lack of others. For those unaware, post-rock in general is a type of music that is composed by the usual ‘rock band’ setup – guitars, drums, bass, keyboards, etc. and for the most part instrumental.

The defining part of this label is that bands under it tend to concentrate on composition; rather than being ‘in your face’ or suffocatingly attention-seeking. Instead, post-rock bands are basically rock bands acting as orchestras, trying to incite different emotions without a vocal influence or pop repetition; and playing on sensations.

As I highlighted earlier, ‘tend’ is an vague word. While post-rock does ‘tend’ to comprise of bands going for soft-loud approaches to their music, obvious examples being  Explosions In The Sky or Godspeed You! Black Emperor, other bands tend to go for a more bold approach, embracing distortion or jam-like dynamics, examples of these would be And So I Watch You From Afar or Pelican.

Anyway, that’s enough of that. These are my personal top ten favourite post-rock tracks:

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