EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY: Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever: CD

The press release for this album states, “Total silence to total violence, that’s what we’re talking about here kids.” Well put. Just when you think the storm has passed – it turns out you were only in the eye of it. Six epic tracks from this Texas four piece. It’s instrumental, give or take a few vocal bits tossed in with cryptic and mysterious ways to them. The album starts soft with delicate and ghostly guitar strums. Then enters the rock. Driving and uplifting, “Greet Death” is a well-written wake. The heavy, fuzzy guitars and equally heavy drums bring up thoughts of Hum, even Dinosaur Jr. EITS demands attention, and they do get it. Organization turns to feedback and chaos, then back into organization. “Yasmin the Light” edges towards Tortoise at times with the sweet intro, but that doesn’t last forever. Even with the loud-as-fuck explosions (har har har! no pun intended, I swear) mid-song, this album still stays sweet at times, but the violence spoken of earlier is always following close behind. This violence moves in slow motion, however. “Have You Passed Through This Night?” is a creepy Disney voyage through time and mystery, with sudden jaunts and noises keeping you on your feet. They’re keeping their eyes on you. There are two things I’d recommend doing while listening to this album: have an out of body experience or watch videos of car crashes on mute.

 –guest (Temporary Residence)