Decline & Fall
Here’s a new EP from Godflesh – and it’s actually the band’s first new material in over a decade. Also it’s relentless and kinda wonderful straight away, a horror-movie grind pushes Ringer along with a slow-motion churning – big, huge riff right in the way of everything. Then it’s to Dogbite, a harking back to the band’s great power as sludge-metal and industrial textures collide and combine, a barked vocal and yet another great lurking riff; big heavy panels of bass guitar being stacked up against the guitar wall.
Playing With Fire has Justin Broadrick’s trademarks across it – from his time as producer and remixer as well as his playing on other Godlfesh material; the vocal just partially buried, a slightly gothic grind going on inside the framework of ticking percussion and ready-to-explode-any-minute riffing.
And then it’s to the ominous title track to close off this 20-minute journey; a type of nausea builds with this track, the aural equivalent of sitting down with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – it’s both turn-off and turn-on, art and purge.
My teenage years listening to Napalm Death and Krokus and Godlfesh and watching Hellraiser and Massacre and all the Elm Street, Halloween and Friday 13th movies just all came rushing back to me in one fell swoop. And I like that. A lot.