20 Best Metal Albums of 2017

Hardcore trailblazers, longform doom and genre-bending savagery: the year in heavy

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Godflesh, 'Post-Self'

10. Godflesh, 'Post-Self'

The industro-metal firebrands' eighth LP pairs all the claustrophobic rage of early triumphs like 1989's Streetcleaner and 1992's Pure with the somewhat serene sounds of frontman/audial pugilist Justin Broadrick's late-Aughts shoegazing alter ego Jesu. The result is an eerie hopelessness that has never sounded as clear as it does here. The drum machine throughout "No Body" shifts from a persistent rattle to a walloping, out-of-control battering ram by the end of the song. Elsewhere, the guitar on the instrumental "Mortality Sorrow" grows more and more ominous until it dissipates into the ether, while the noisy riffing of "Pre Self" makes Broadrick's echoey, gnashed-teeth ruminations sound all the angrier as it adds layer upon layer of static-laden noise. K.G.

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