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A World Lit Only By Fire (Awaiting Repress)The first new long player from GODFLESH since 2001's 'Hymns' which saw the band implode and then eventually split up following its release. Since the band reformed in 2010 new material has slowly emerged. 'A World Lit Only By Fire', like the 'Decline & Fall' EP that came out in June, have been works in progress for almost 2 years.
"The music speaks entirely for itself, this is pure Godflesh, as the concept was originallyintended; minimal, brutal, dissonant, driven by machines yet paradoxically dominated by organic and harsh down tuned guitars and bass, clean dub inflected vocals offset against harsh raging minimal shouts, and this is not to forget the worship of the omnipresent groove. Although the band could now be considered mature, and often with this maturity comes peace, this album has been perceived as the most aggressive and consistently fierce release in the band's career, something that the band are very proud of."
Themes of futile battles against the institutions that control our everyday lives, social conditioning, submitting and resigning oneself to the savage within, slavery and the abuse of power permeate and fuel these songs.
GODFLESH is Justin K Broadrick's yin to jesu's yang.1. New Dark Ages
3. Shut Me Down
4. Life Giver Life Taker
7. Curse Us All
10. Towers Of Emptiness
11. Forgive Our Fathers$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
London ZooIn Gibson's Neuromancer, when Case and Molly meet the two surviving founders of Zion, there is talk of hearing a mighty dub in the Babel of tongues signaling the final days. If indeed we're living in these end times, as many predict, then there can be no more of an appropriate soundtrack for the coming apocalypse than The Bug's London Zoo.
The Bug is the main project for Kevin Martin, a producer who has headed a diverse range of projects. He is part of Techno Animal, Ice, and God (all with Justin Broadrick of Godflesh and Jesu), King Midas Sound, Razor X Productions (with The Rootsman), Pressure, and Ladybug; runs his Pathological Records label; and has collaborated with noise jazz outfit 16-17, Pete Sonic Boom Kemper's E.A.R. project, John Zorn, Kevin Shields, El-P, and the Antipop Consortium. He has recorded for Rephlex, Position Chrome/Mille Plateaux, Word Sound, Hyperdub, City Slang, Tigerbeat 6, Grand Royal, and now Ninja Tune. He has been personally asked to remix Thom Yorke, Grace Jones, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Primal Scream, and compiled jazz and dub compilations for Virgin Records. London Zoo is the fruition of all these activities.
The album was born of three key moments: an introduction to the thriving dubstep scene (of which The Bug is very much a pioneer from before it carried a name) and its key producers (via Kode 9 and Loefah) where Martin realized there were others on the same sonic trajectory as himself; an introduction to Warrior Queen via his work with Wayne Lonesome on the Razor X Productions project; and a Mary Anne Hobbs Breezeblock session which introduced him to Flowdan (Roll Deep) and Ricky Ranking. All three of these figure heavily in the end result and live presentation.
The obvious entry point to the album is the dubstep tag, particularly after the success of the three lead-up singles, but London Zoo clearly reaches past, brings together, and celebrates reference points from dancehall, grime, hip-hop, and noise-- it could have only come out of London sound-system culture, while its appeal spans cities and scenes.
From the opening strains of Angry (featuring reggae legend Tippa Irie) it's clear that the world has been served notice from the heart of the UK capital. The message is further strengthened as Ranking (best known for his work with Roots Manuva), Flowdan, Warrior Queen, Spaceape, Roger Robinson, Killa P, and Aya step up to lay waste to the boombastic rhythms put before them, eventually culminating in Judgement where Ranking leaves us with a prophecy: So much people are losing their minds, because we're living in a serious time. I guess it come in like a judgment sign, the people have killing on their mind. Living in end times, indeed. Best start building the Marcus Garvey tug now.Angry ft Tippa Irie
Murder We ft Ricky Ranking
Skeng ft Killa P & Flowdan
Too Much Pain ft Ricky Ranking & Aya
Insane ft Warrior Queen
Jah War ft Flowdan
Fuckaz ft Spaceape
You & Me ft Roger Robinson
Warning ft Flowdan
Poison Dart ft Warrior Queen
Judgement Ricky Ranking$24.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Through Silver In Blood (Awaiting Repress)Through Silver in Blood is the fifth album from the California based post-metal band Neurosis. The album holds elements of industrial metal reminiscent of Godflesh, sludge metal, doom metal, avant-garde metal, and yet still retains faint elements of hardcore punk from the band's previous work. The vocals are usually shouted, growled or screamed, and the drums are often played in a similar way to the electronic drums exhibited in industrial metal and industrial rock, although the drums play a doom metal or sludge metal groove in many passages.1. Through Silver in Blood
5. Locust Star
6. Strength of Fates
7. Become the Ocean
9. Enclosure in Flame$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Angels & DevilsIt's after the end of the world, don't you know that yet...
With recent reports from various think tanks predicting we have somewhere in the range of 15 years left before the collapse of society begins, it would seem like Kevin Martin's sonic predictions of dystopian London that were set out on 2008's London Zoo were pretty accurate. And if we are in fact declining rapidly to chaos, there's no better time then the present to take the focus of that sonic assault from earthly domains and blast it to the netherworlds above and below.
The aforementioned London Zoo is where Kevin Martin, found his true voice. Pulling the fringes into a collective, unilaterally hateful assault. A psychological warfare driven by bass that on one hand captured a moment of London, yet also encapsulated a global message influenced by years of timeless and classic out-music.
The latest offering from the The Bug, Angels & Devils, escapes the London cage, drawing on it for influence yet blowing it up into a world-view now seen from Kevin Martin's new Berlin home. A record that simultaneously draws on London Zoo, completes a triptych cycle which started with his Bug debut Pressure, and fills the spaces between and inserts what was missing previously. Both a year zero re-set and a continuation of what has been. Like the Bowie/Eno classic Low, or Can's Tago Mago, the album is split into two distinct themes and explorations of light & dark. Bringing the angel & devil voices together under a single common banner. Antagonist at times, but not solely for the sake of being antagonistic, there's a beauty and lush sparseness to be found within, even when at its most chaotic. Truly only The Bug could find the common ground between Liz Harris (of Grouper) & Death Grips and make it seamless. Angels & Devils stretches the polarity of its predecessor in both directions simultaneously and is even more extreme for its new found seductiveness and added intensity. Deep space is explored, and physical assault is administered. In these days of YouTube quick fixes, and single tune memory spans, its a joy to witness Martin actually charting a cohesive narrative that rejoices in celebrating life through sonic sex and violence, beauty and ugliness. This is an audio thriller that delights in pursuing its own singular path/vision.
With the Angel side(s) up first, things kick off with Liz Harris (of Grouper) in the submerged lushness that is Void. Followed by contributions from ex Hype Wiliams half copeland (Fall), the blissed out patois of touring partner Miss Red (Mi Lost), two truly zoned Bug instrumentals, and rounded out by Gonjasufi on Save Me. It's a collection of heady, dubbed out cinematic blissfulness with a lurking darkness before giving way to devils...
Devils leads off with the return of long time collaborator Flowdan on the mic and the guitar of Justin Broadrick (Godflesh / Jesu) bringing a complete about face to the proceedings and setting the tone with The One. Roll Deep's Manga steps up next with the instant Bug classic Function, which is being currently smashed on dubplate, by Mala, Kahn and Logan Sama. Death Grips raise the antagonistic bar with Fuck A Bitch. Flowdan & Justin Broadrick come back for the cinematic death crawl of Fat Mac. Warrior Queen steps in for hands down the nastiest vocal she's ever delivered (which is saying a lot) for Fuck You, and finally Flowdan steps up again to round it all off with a Devils battle cry of sorts dirty, fuck that murky....
The concept is completed by the artistic expression it's packaged in, courtesy of Simon Fowler (Cataract). Known for his work for Sunn O))), Earth, and others, Simon has delivered a stunning hand drawn illustration, that sort that would make Bosch proud, showing the duality of the proceedings.
Utopian/dystopian, black/white, complexity/singularity, negative/positive... Angels/Devils.1. Void (Featuring Liz Harris)
2. Fall (Featuring copeland)
4. Mi Lost (Featuring Miss Red)
6. Save Me (Featuring Gonjasufi)
7. The One (Featuring Flowdan)
8. Function (Featuring Manga)
9. Fuck a Bitch (Featuring Death Grips)
10. Fat Mac (Featuring Flowdan)
11. Fuck You (Featuring Warrior Queen)
12. Dirty (Featuring Flowdan)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SelflessEarache Records presents Selfless, Godflesh's third LP, back on vinyl again for the first time since its original release in 1994.1. Xnoybis
3. Black Boned Angel
4. Anything Is Mine
6. Crush My Soul
7. Body Dome Light
10. Mantra$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Songs Of Love And HateEarache Records presents Song Of Love And Hate, Godflesh's fourth LP, back on vinyl again for the first time since its original release in 1996.1. Wake
2. Sterile Prophet
3. Circle Of Shit
5. Gift From Heaven
7. Angel Domain
8. Kingdom Come
9. Time, Death And Wastefulness
10. Frail$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Cliff"The Cliff" is a new vocal driven EP from Chicago's esteemed quartet Pelican. The 12" vinyl is fresh reimaginings of 'The Cliff', a highlight from their most recent album, 2013's Forever Becoming, and one recently completed exclusive new song. The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals. Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) once again returns to the band's fold to transform, in a complementary manner, the concept and overall outcome of what we have come to know as Pelican. No cheap juxtaposition, Epley's seasoned voice is as broad and astonishingly capable on "The Cliff" as the members behind the music, a claim those who have listened to Epley's contribution on "Final Breath" from 2009's "What We All Come To Need" will attest to. Elsewhere on the record, Justin Broadrick and AH/BCM turn in fresh takes of the source material, feeling less like remixes than new compositions reworked from the original source. Rounding out the set is the previously unreleased song "The Wait", a contemplative semi-acoustic simmer that builds to an explosion of cathartic distortion and melody in true Pelican fashion.The Cliff (Vocal Version)
The Cliff (Justin Broadrick Remix)
The Cliff (Palms Remix - A. Harris And B. C. Meyer)
The Wait$10.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Unquiet SkySince the early 80's when bands like Cathedral and Saint Vitus pioneered the doom genre of metal, the style has continuously evolved and spread, despite being far less recognized and appreciated than most other forms of more traditional heavy metal. Bands like Eyehategod and Crowbar melded elements of doom into sludge and stoner metal, gaining modest success in the more mainstream metal community, but doom is beginning to enjoy a new wave of popularity, thanks largely to the more progressive experimental work of artists like Stephen O'Malley (Sunn0))), Burning Witch). Indian is a Chicago-based trio whose brand of doom is more akin to that of Eyehategod than the earliest or latest incarnations of the genre, and their distinctively black metal vocals immediately set them apart from the pack.
First things first: The Unquiet Sky is everything a doom record should be. The bass tone is so perfect and intense that it could shake your body through a pair of headphones. The guitars bring Black Sabbath-esque fuzz down enough notches to kill a horse. The percussion is sparse when it needs to be (Ration) and energetic when it's allowed (Tied and Gagged). Dylan O'Toole's vocals give Indian the extra edge over many of the other bands who have perfected this formula by complementing the melancholy created by the music with a demonic voice of evil. There is even an extended track of terrifyingly psychedelic feedback, perfectly placed to scare the crap out of you when you're high. In fact, the only thing that fails to be suitably doom-y and evil about this record is the cover illustration of a Christ-like baboon which, despite being evil enough in spirit, looks a bit too much like it was drawn in a junior high art class.
This record is an easy recommend for fans of the doom genre, but what about anyone unacquainted with the genre I personally don't consider myself a huge aficionado of the style, but loved this record. The only things required to enjoy The Unquiet Sky are an attention span and a love of all things metal. This record generally moves slowly, as does most doom, but it is far less droning and repetitive than many recent examples of the genre. As the name of the style suggests, doom is, by its very nature, dark, oppressive music. As such, Indian is definitely better suited to being digested over an extended period of time at high volumes, rather than short bursts in your car or through headphones.
Bottom Line: If you're searching for the latest, greatest doom record to add to your collection, look no further than Indian's The Unquiet Sky. Fans of Neurosis, Eyehategod and Godflesh should also definitely pick this up. It's a solid record from beginning to end from an up-and-coming trio of doom virtuosos.
- Cory (Lambgoat)1. No Able Fires
3. Dead Weight
4. Los Nietos
6. Tied and Gagged
7. God of Panic, Lord of Decay
8. Loophole Noose
10. We Can Build You
11. Worshiper of Sores$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Every Day I Get Closer (Awaiting Repress)Over two years in the making, on his followup to the LP 'Ascension', jesu mainman Justin K Broadrick, has worked at this album whilst retaining activities with the reunited Godflesh, and as usual, pursuing
other projects which include remixes for both Mogwai and Cult Of Luna. Beginning with 'Homesick', with it's guitar hooks, shoegaze textures and familiar jesu sound, fans expecting an album following a
familar jesu trajectory will find tracks in line with jesu's aesthetic but taking in dub, post punk and electronica along the way, to create perhaps the most dynamic jesu album to date. Mastered by
James Plotkin.1. Homesick
4. The Great Leveller
5. Grey Is The Colour$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
RustRust" is the new album from Harm's Way. Recorded at Brick Top Recordings by Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos, Dead In The Dirt), mixed at God City Studios by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Nails). Brutally and meticulously refined, "Rust" brilliantly combines industrial repetition (think Godflesh), metal attack (think Sepultura, Helmet, Celtic Frost), and hardcore aggression. Showing that Harm's Way have emerged from the wreckage of past genres as the new high watermark of heavy in contemporary aggressive music.
Opener "Infestation" stomps with machine-like precision before plunging into a depressing sonic dirge. While songs like "Law Of The Land", "Hope", "Cancerous Ways", and others introduce guitar and electronic driven atmospherics into the arsenal. These subtle dynamics bleed into other aspects of "Rust" as well. Mid-album beast "Left To Disintegrate" unfurls as an unforgettable anti-anthem ripe with infectious creeping metallic undertones. While "Amongst The Rust" and "Turn To Stone" introduce guest vocals from Colin Young (Twitching Tongues) and Emily Jancetic. Both of them adding haunting nuance to the brute force of the band. All of this leads to the epic closer "Ease My Mind"; a take-no-prisoners aural bludgeoning so heavy that it needs to be heard to be believed.1. Infestation
2. Law Of The Land
5. Cancerous Ways
6. Amongst The Rust
8. Docile Bodies
9. Turn To Stone
10. Ease My Mind$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now