Godflesh - Decline And Fall +Bonus [Japan CD] DYMC-222 (Japanese) Audio CD – 4 Jun 2014
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Label: Daymare Recordings
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short and concise. (For their standards anyway) Don't get me wrong all the ingredients that make a Godflesh album great are present- heavy guitars & with dissonance, the bass guitar from hell, programmed drums and sometimes yelled sometimes monotone sung vocals. But there was all the feeling of utter sheer urgency in the delivery- even if sometimes the result wasn't as in your face.
It really doesn't sound like Godflesh truly found it's voice on Decline & Fall until the title track beats you over the head- and does it ever! There were some points where I sorta questioned Godflesh's motives- what could possibly be disturbing guys that are now married and in some cases have children of their own? I guess the answer then lies in the question. What kind of world are we
allowing the future generation in? And how much of it is our fault and how much of it was out of our control? Even in adulthood,
there's still plenty to be sorta alienated by. I guess thats what Decline & Fall taps into.
Now bring on the full length LP! 4 Stars.
Jesu started out of the gate strong, but after the Silver EP (Infinity and Opiate Sun being exceptions), their stuff really didn't do it for me. Godflesh was always the stronger project. I just think Broadrick ran out of ideas for it after a point. That, and his bizarre obsession with infusing hip hop percussion into every project he had going near the end of kind of put me off of his music anyway. I preferred the earlier releases to those last few. So, for me, the big question was whether the band was going to pick up where they left off, backtrack, or try something new.
The good news: Broadrick seems to have moved past the dub/break/hip hop sound ("Dogbite" is sorta Hymns-ish, but I can deal with it).
The bad: With the exception of "Playing with Fire" (which is amazing), the material's just okay. Plus, the $15.98 price tag for the physical copy is highway robbery. Seriously, wtf?
Normally, I'd give it two stars and call it a day, but "Playing with Fire" is insanely good -- enough to warrant another star. I just miss the pre-SoLaH wall of distortion, Justin's feedback-drenched guitar, the pounding analogue drums machines, the delayed/processed vocals buried in the mix...that soundtrack to urban decay ever in effect...
I still have high hopes for the full-length, but if it turns out I never like another Godflesh song to come from the reunion, at least I'll have gotten one great song I wouldn't have otherwise had out of it.
And it's nice to hear Green's bass rumble like that again...