With so many groups now attempting to emulate their sound, for the first time there's a smidgen of pressure on Canadian's premier improvisational post-rockers. Typically for Godspeed You! Black Emperor it's business as usual with a few minor changes here and there. The first is to move the exclamation mark to after the "You", the second is to dispose of the field recordings that were so prominent on their last release. In many ways the absence of the latter is a shame as the recordings broke up the oppression nicely and placed the music in an atmospheric context. Not that any of this doesn't possess atmosphere of course, it positively reeks of a potential soundtrack to the next World War. This is probably the aim given their inevitable political agenda; the back sleeve depicts major record companies as evil conglomerates responsible for developing missiles and heavy artillery. Over seventy minutes of stormy post-rock is a lot to take in but this time it doesn't seem quite as memorable as before; now the group sound more like followers rather than leaders.