Combining rumbling industrialised dub beats with heavy guitars and no small amount of emotive beauty, the latest Godflesh release is a rusting cyborg constructed from so many clashing parts of pieces that in any other band’s hands it probably wouldn’t work. Godflesh, of course, know exactly what they’re doing.
With so much insane groove it’s almost impossible to stay still while listening to it, this is experimental metal that somehow manages to combine a firm instant appeal of metallic groove, with a textured, emotive depth that explores the dark, bleak side of human feelings and the nature of existence.
The album injects depth and substance into its absorbing delivery like it was the most natural thing in the world. When was the last time hip hop beats and big guitars made you feel something other than a kind of ill-defined revulsion? Godflesh turn this into an art form, and art can be incredibly moving in the right hands.
Post Self has a lot of different textures and moods that play out over its 47-minute length. From the harsh big beats to softer mood-pieces, Godflesh have excelled at putting together an engaging and compelling journey into the heart of darkness for the listener to become enraptured by.
Well, the sheer quality of this release has surprised me. It’s not often that a band that have been around for almost 30 years releases one of the strongest albums of their career, but Post Self is just that.