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Godflesh — Post Self

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★☆☆ After the full-throated “A World Lit Only By Fire,” this new album from Godflesh feels like a cruel hard turn of the steering wheel, off the familiar if potholed road the band helped pave. At least the album telegraphs the move into its new territory: more experimental, moodier, and absolutely industrial. And, in Godflesh’s unbidden defense, they did name the album “Post Self.” The trouble is that, by the middle third of the album, you’re back in your seat, and suddenly this feels a bit like homework. Put another way: remember how Pitchshifter used to include closing tracks on their albums that only contained sample snippets to encourage remixes? This feel a bit like a possible result of that (and not an entirely compelling one at that).