Head of David
Brutal. Unconventional. Severe. These are only a sampling
of terms that could be used to describe this album. I could
go on, but it would only serve to over-emphasize the point.
Godflesh has managed to take their abusive sound and
push it even further. Layering heavy end bass lines with guitars
that are range from bitingly acrid to hammer-to-skull viscious,
Hymns creates a dark presence that shies away from
conventional popular rock. Unlike previous efforts (except
Songs of Love and Hate), the drums are perfomed by
a live person - Ted Parsons of Prong fame. This time,
though, they don't sound mechanical, but organic and alive.
Broadrick's vocals, while never harmonic, do range from a
harsh rasp to the more passionate wail found in previous albums.
Godflesh Is famous for taking music concepts (dance
music, jungle beats), deconstructing them and layering them
with the most intense industrial metal to create almost concept-like
albums. This time around, it seems like the focus might actually
be closer to home - rock music in general. A number of songs
have excellent groove which hide an even deeper, more intelligent
song-writting within them. Only on mulitple listenings will
the trained ear hear the deeper works of these tracks.
Deaf,dumb&blind continues to uses programmed drums
to drag the listener into a brutally, yet eerly groovy song.
Paralyzed follows this up with an intelligent and complex
riff that devolves into barking fit by Broadrick. Anthem's
intro is casual and stark in comparison to the rest of the
album and shows that not every track has to be aggressive
to be effective. Though, if you get too comfortabe, Antihuman's
over-the-top bass line, haunting guitars, and viscious repeated
vocals will bring you back to the industrial nightmare.
Hymns is the kind of oppresive album that heavy metal
bands have failed to create with fuzzy guitars, growling voices,
and scary outfits. If you have ever wanted to be knocked down
by intelligent, yet harsh music, this i the album for you.
Fans of Godflesh owe it to themselves to own this album.