Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire (Avalanche Recordings)

Banging. Absolutely banging...
Release Date: 
6 Oct 2014 - 12:30am

It's been 13 years since Hymns (2001) and four years since the reformation of Godflesh. They teased us with the EP Decline & Fall earlier this year and now they've brought out the big guns with A World Lit Only By Fire - and fuck me dead, it goes off. This is music to shit your pants and bite your own fingers off to (in a good way). In my recent interview with Justin Broadrick, he mentioned that the delay in getting a new album together was primarily due to not wanting to punt out any old shit, and A World...proves he was bang on point; there's nothing old or shit on here. It's just damn sweet industrial metal with no filler. Opener New Dark Ages starts with whining feedback then comes a bit of snare - or is it the rhythmic snickety clicking of some industrial machine? Who knows but before you've had time to ponder what's going on some hideously heavy chord work and shouting/singing vocals kick in. This stuff is viciously heavy. And that heaviness just continues for the rest of the album - it just doesn't stop.

Dead End has thick sludgy bass that writhes like an anaconda while Shut Me Down has a groove to it that makes you want to dance as you smash windows and rise up against established government and old world orders, The entire album is so fucking aggro that I'll be surprised (when it is released next month) if it's not banned immediately for inciting riots or encouraging crimes against the state. It just makes you want to go out and throw petrol bombs. Tracks like Carrion balance the grinding and hammering with slow, monstrously distorted sections and one can't help but think of massive machines pounding shit up (maybe it's an aural analogy for the unrelenting destruction of citizens by governments who see its peoples merely as collateral?). We are all mince in the machine of those that rule us. Smash shit up. Revolution. Fuck yeah! It's impossible to reduce this album to a few paragraphs; it's too massive, too violent and simply too big. Get it. Get it now.

Sod Gil Scott Heron's The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Godflesh have rewritten the soundtrack to the disolution of all existing orders. It won't be pretty but at least it'll sound pretty fucking good - and Godflesh will be playing at Soundwave 2015. Too much. I need a lie down.