Genre/Influences: Industrial, experimental-techno.
Notice by the way that the album is also available on a vinyl format.
Content: the main influences running through this album directly emerge at the surface of the opening track. This work is a fusion between the familiar industrial influences of Broadrick and techno music. “Rise Above” appears to be a fascinating sonic platform to mix different influences. It’s not exactly what I would call a dark work, but truly an experiment with noises carried by techno elements while I even noticed a few dub traces as well.
Globally speaking the composition remains rather experimental, but the slower technoid minded cadence together with impressive sound treatments make it more accessible.
+ + + : The merge of industrial- and techno music is not new and still gains more and more fans. JK Flesh seems to have found the secret formula to make it sound pretty accessible while I enjoyed some traces of dub music he added on a few passages. The production is absolutely overwhelming and revealing heavy, impressive sound blasts. The rhythm brings it all into some minimal danceable vibes.
– – – : The experimental input of the work is not exactly my favorite, but it for sure features an essential aspect of the work.
Conclusion: The Godflesh frontman reveals to be a sonic chameleon who’s able to transform himself into a visionary techno-artist or is he simply blaspheming industrial music by a mix of techno? I don’t care because “Rise Above” is a noticeable work revealing several great cuts!
Best songs: “Conquered”, “Rise Above”, “Defector”.