In 2020, Oklahoma City musician James Hammontree released his first full-length as Black Magnet. Hallucination Scene uses all the best parts of 90s industrial metal—even the radio-friendly sounds—to make something that hovers between synthetic and organic. Through their layers of synths, drum machines, and ugly noise, his songs remain as catchy as the best work […]
Tag: Justin Broadrick
Metallic hardcore masters Harm’s Way celebrate a decade of Isolation
When metallic hardcore masters Harm’s Way dropped their second full-length, Isolation, in 2011, Gossip Wolf hailed the “chug-o-riffic” album for its “circle-pit-ready brutality”—and the band have gone on to build a worldwide fan base and sign to Metal Blade. In November, Closed Casket Activities (who originally put out Isolation) released a tenth-anniversary edition with four […]
A music poll to start 2021
Did 2020 set the bar low enough that it’s safe to hope this year will be better?
Jesu seduces you with melodic bleakness
UK guitarist and composer Justin Broadrick is best known as a founding member of the industrial metal assault that is Godflesh. But capturing purely annihilatory noise in that pounding maelstrom is not his only musical interest. He formed Jesu in 2003 to focus on postpunk, goth, and the bleaker, lonelier shores of shoegaze, and characteristically, […]
John Becker of Vaskula on the best gothic rock being recorded today
Current musical obsessions of Vaskula’s John Becker, Plague Bringer’s Greg Ratajczak, and the Reader’s Philip Montoro
Aphex Twin’s moments of bliss on Syro and 15 more record reviews
Ten Reader writers take on 16 albums—including Aphex Twin, Godflesh, Johnny Marr, and more.
12 O’Clock Track: “Dogbite” signals the return of Godflesh
Godflesh’s first new recordings in 13 years are, as expected, brutal.
In Rotation: Metro publicist Jenny Lizak on a punk documentary to give teenage girls for Christmas
Current obsessions of Metro publicist Jenny Lizak, and Smart Bar booker Marea Stamper (aka the Black Madonna)
12 O’Clock Track: Devastatingly heavy shoegaze from Jesu
This classic track from the post-Godflesh band is massive and beautiful.
Reader’s Agenda Tue 4/15: “Chicagoisms,” Godflesh, and Cheap Thrills
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Tuesday, April 15
Artist on Artist: Justin Broadrick of Godflesh talks to producer Sanford Parker
Justin Broadrick of Godflesh talks drum machines, Crass, and 80s hip-hop with producer Sanford Parker.