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.