Godflesh
Decline & Fall


4.0
excellent

Review

by I am TheMoreira for we are many. USER (14 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2014 | 55 replies


Release Date: 05/26/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All hail the new 'flesh.

To say Godflesh has been an important influence within the the metal community is a massive understatement. Their whole sound at it's beginning helped nearly define several genres or at the very least proved incredibly influential in shaping there respective paths. It was with great sadness then when they broke up over a decade ago ending one of the most consistent runs of music in recent memory. After reforming four years ago Godflesh are now back and better than ever.

Decline and Fall represents both some of Godflesh's and Justin Broadrick's best work in a long time. On this EP Godflesh sound angry, mature and revitalised all thanks to taking many cues from the past with the benefit of hindsight. 'Ringer' pretty much sets the tone of the record; think Pure by way of later Godflesh with a touch of Fall of Because in there for good measure. It's all harsh, industrial soundscapes with pissed off vocals, ridiculously heavy riffs. stalwart bass playing that sounds like a tractor's engine and production that doesn't seem to forget that said bass exists in a record recorded with an eight string guitar. Seemingly it's business as usual yet what makes Decline and Fall stand out among Godflesh's back catalogue is the subtlety in the songwriting. It's obvious how much care was taken by the sheer smoothness of the flow between the different parts of the songs and just how well everything works together. More than that though what makes these songs so powerful are how these transitions can change a song into something much more potent without it really being noticed. Album standout 'Playing With Fire' is perhaps the best example, it's punchy groove evolving from a simple headbanger into a twisted engine of destruction. It's brilliant stuff and shows just how far the Broadrick and Green have come as songwriters since the early days of the band.

Most of the material, bar the slightly redundant 'Dogbite,' lives up to this calibre and it not only makes for an excellent ep but an exciting teaser for the future album. If Decline and Fall is any indictator, said album is shaping up to be one that could live up to, and possibly surpass, some of their classic works, all because they gaze into the past through the future.

Welcome back Godflesh.



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ResidentNihilist
June 3rd 2014


1191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Expecting people to get annoyed for whatever reason. Constructive criticism welcome.

Full stream available here:

http://godflesh1.bandcamp.com/album/decline-and-fall-ep

Relinquished
June 3rd 2014


26107 Comments


"It was with great sadness then when they broke up over a decade ago ending one of the most
consistent runs of music in recent memory. After reforming 4 years ago Godflesh are now
back and better than ever."

would be how I would edit those sentences

ResidentNihilist
June 3rd 2014


1191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers man, edits are done I think.

Relinquished
June 3rd 2014


26107 Comments


capitalise EP, italicize Pure..

If this ep is any indictator

change it to the album title

It's all harsh

*Its, I'd change "all" here to "overall"
It's a brilliant stuff

scrap the "a"
a production that doesn't seem to forget that the bass exists in a record recorded with an
eight string guitar

cmon bro show some respect to Green in this line!

ResidentNihilist
June 3rd 2014


1191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

edits are done though I kept the 'all' because I felt it fit in better with the flow of the sentence.

and no disrespect intended but as you insist it's changed

Relinquished
June 3rd 2014


26107 Comments


I know none was intended bro but so many reviewers don't even mention him if only once to include him to acknowledge the other member

ResidentNihilist
June 3rd 2014


1191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good point, godflesh don't sound like godflesh without him. Vitriol was really good too. Cheers for the help bro.

lardplanet
June 3rd 2014


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man, this kicks ass. I think they are a underrated on this site.

Verm
June 3rd 2014


1002 Comments


Not their best but pretty enjoyable

Relinquished
June 3rd 2014


26107 Comments


but it is their best at encapsulating the project's entire career, better than how Hymns tried

definitely the go-to for anyone wanting to know how they sound like

demigod!
June 3rd 2014


45286 Comments


would this be a good starting point for Godflesh releases then?

all i've heard from them so far is a few songs from Streetcleaner. they were tight

Digging: Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

lardplanet
June 3rd 2014


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And if this is a sign of the shape of things to come, then "A World Lit Only By Fire" is gonna light my fire baby.

Graveyard
June 3rd 2014


5817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this was really enjoyable

reminds me of selfless era type of stuff

lardplanet
June 3rd 2014


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Demi jump into it, it's only a slight tweak on their sound, but definitely go back and finish Streetcleaner and check
out Pure, they are more definitive, things changed a bit after those albums.

MO
June 3rd 2014


19086 Comments


Rules nice

BMDrummer
June 3rd 2014


10112 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Beat me to it, will write my own review eventually though

ResidentNihilist
June 3rd 2014


1191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cheers lard,

when you do bmd i demand we sort out the best review by trial by combat

BMDrummer
June 3rd 2014


10112 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Roger that, get ready

Wizard
June 3rd 2014


19650 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review.

I expected a wee bit more from Broadrick as he fell a little hard into his own comfort zone. Not that I care how he rehashed his back catalogue on here but he's always taken Godflesh in a different direction with each record. Maybe he's just feeling out his sound again which is perfectly acceptable. Really anxious to see how he does on a full length.

would this be a good starting point for Godflesh releases then?

all i've heard from them so far is a few songs from Streetcleaner. they were tight


Hymns and Selfless are probably not going to get mentioned but they're pretty incredible records too. His records all sound different so probably start with his s/t E.P. and go from there chronologically.

Digging: Horseback and Locrian - New Dominions

Relinquished
June 3rd 2014


26107 Comments


and don't skimp on the EPs either



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