Khost
Needles Into The Ground


4.5
superb

Review

by Simon STAFF
August 14th, 2016 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A remix that brings the pain.

Like many projects Justin Broadrick becomes involved with, all he has to do is touch a piece of music and it turns into an uncontrollable, eardrum shattering exercise of unpleasant atmospherics and head crushing industrial clatter; both of which always equate to an aesthetically pleasing trip down memory lane with Justin's brain child, Godflesh. But, if you take into account that these remixed tracks, from industrial beasts Khost, were already crushing enough to begin with, it takes a couple of minutes to comprehend what Godflesh could do to these tracks that would A: warrant a listen or B: bring enough new ideas to the table to make it interesting.

When you click on the EP's opening track "Inversion", both of these queries are obliterated within seconds; the bulky swagger and hammer of the rhythm section, coupled with the distorted vocals and guitar create an energy and force that is instantly enjoyable from the get-go. The EP is a scintillating exercise on how Godflesh can make something already heavy, even heavier and without sacrificing anything to make it feel dumbed down, pretentious or contrived. It's a devastating soundscape, and one that offers up a different vision for these songs. You can hear Godflesh really respect the source material; but they don't so much use it, as they do wear the tracks to destroy everything in their path. Everything is sent into the depths of despair before being packaged in the industrial mill: from the moment Needles Into The Ground opens, to when it finishes, there isn't an inch of let up and it is fantastic.

The only track on here that offers a little less than the other 3 tracks is "Revelations Vultures Jackals Wolves", which is literally a punishing and exertive exercise of one's endurance. It is a wall of white noise being pummelled into your brain with the help of its rhythm section; it walks a fine line between pleasure and punishment. If you listen to this track with earphones it actually feels like you are getting a nail hammered into your brain right up until its final seconds. Yet, despite its unpleasant nature --with no real structure or focus-- it's an excellent curve ball for the EP and the result lets the other tracks really shine and standout.

It's been a damn good year for industrial music, and this tiny collection of remixed tracks most definitely falls into some of the best music I've heard this year. If you like this sort of music you are in for a serious treat.

SUPERB.

EDITIONS: VINYL(LTD RED), V̶I̶N̶Y̶L̶, C̶D̶, M̶P̶3̶

PACKAGING: Standard vinyl packaging, with an exclusive (LTD 200) red vinyl record.

SPECIAL EDITION: N/A



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user ratings (3)
3.8
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2016


15649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As always, constructive criticism welcome.





Digging: Chelsea Wolfe - Birth of Violence

Archelirion
August 14th 2016


5800 Comments


Excellent review Gonzo; only thing I'd say to look at is the repetition of 'literally' in the third paragraph. This sounds pretty interesting, I may well give it a listen :]

EdithBrains
August 14th 2016


3 Comments


@Archelirion it's an 'excellent review' in your opinion... despite getting actual title of release wrong?

Archelirion
August 14th 2016


5800 Comments


It should have an 's' at the end of 'Needles', yeah, but he gets it right in the review. The lack of plural in the title is the responsibility of whoever added it in the database, and I'm sure was a simple lapse in concentration rather than anything else.

doomjitsu
August 14th 2016


1240 Comments


what is this

a Ghost cover band

lol

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2016


15649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Archelirion



Corrected. You have a point. haha And cheers, it's well worth a look at.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2016


15649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Khost are far from Ghost doomjitsu, far more br00tal.



EdithBrains
August 15th 2016


3 Comments


@Archelirion yes that really will help too, when people go to get it at their shop and ask for the wrong thing... nice one for supporting the scene *slow claps*

Flugmorph
August 15th 2016


21531 Comments


@drgonzo guess that was a poor wordplay

Jasdevi087
August 16th 2016


5656 Comments


More like "NeedithBrains" amirite?

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2016


15649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

EdithBrains getting his fanny in a twist.



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