7. Godflesh, 'A World Lit Only by Fire'
Godflesh's clanking, crunching industrial death-march has always been one of heavy music's baddest trips, inspired by its members' experiences as Eighties teenagers popping psychedelics while watching Hellraiser and Altered States in the shadow of Birmingham, England's dehumanizing factories. Twenty-six years since the band's formation, and 12 years since its breakup, main man Justin Broadrick's nihilistic outlook has not mellowed. Now a parent, he sees the world as a scarier place than ever, and Godflesh's harrowing comeback reflects that. Sculpted out of scrap metal and bloody sinew, it's a monument to what he sees as a new Dark Age where humanity still breeds like rats under a fiery, polluted sky. B.G.