San Antonio’s own The Grasshopper Lies Heavy recently re-issued their debut album Every Man for Himself and God against All. This new edition has been remixed, re-mastered, and re-released on July 1st, 2014, via Crowquill Records.
The new and improved Every Man for Himself and God against All could not have come a moment too soon. With bands like Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Mogwai, and Explosions in the Sky becoming more popular than ever, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy proves that it belongs among the best within the post-rock genre.
The track ‘Part I’ begins with a quick beep and then slowly begins with layering guitars and added textures which creates a very ambient and building sensation until it comes to a head. Drums and guitars blister home a heavy dark beat that overwhelms the senses and creates the most magnificent of soundscapes.
All five parts of this album are on par with its opening track. The heavy, repetitive nature of most of the songs will keep you in a daze while the calm quiet building sensation and layering will paint wonderful pictures for you, until once again you are pummelled by heavy riffs and hypnotizing war drums.
The fact that this album was re-issued says a lot about both the album and the band. The original mix of the album, which can be found on Youtube, pales in comparison to this version. That’s not to say it’s worse or better, but different. This album definitely deserved a facelift. That’s just how good it is! It is unfortunate how overlooked The Grasshopper Lies Heavy seems to be. I highly recommend them for any fans of post-rock, math-rock, or even minimalism to an extent. You will not be disappointed.
Find the album online here.
Written by Christopher Siklosi