This band was sometimes misunderstood as an Industrial band, but their arrangements were always focused on the almighty riff. And this riffs are keeping this machine rolling, since the early days. Now, with this new album GODFLESH have changed again the line-up. Instead of a drum machine, Ted Parsons (ex-Swans / ex-Prong) is playing on all thirteen tracks. His precise drumming style fits perfect into the heavy metallic riffs of Justin Broadrick, the creative mastermind behind GODFLESH. Of course, "Hymns" isn't that milestone like "Streetcleaner" but this band is still intensive and emotional like back in 1990. Maybe some of you ask, why you find a GODFLESH review inside this e-zine, but it was always obvious to see that there's a musical connection between GODFLESH, Saint Vitus and Eyehategod.

And one of the main-sources of all this bands is Black Sabbath. So, that's reason enough for me to feature this band here. Just listen to "Anthem" with its slow rolling heavy groove and this typical melancholic spaced-out atmosphere. It's one of those tracks where Broadrick uses his clear vocals and it's more Doom than most of the newer bands pretended to play. But to make it clear, GODFLESH are playing their own kind of machine-like heavyness, with lyrics that are full about sadness and anger of the own cage that a human being can build around oneselves. And although they´ve got this mechanical touch, they don´t sound cold. To make it short, this album is much better than the last one and it´s convincing as "Pure" or "Selfless"