Post Self (song)

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"Post Self"
Post Self (2017 single) cover.jpg
Single by Godflesh
from the album Post Self
Released31 October 2017 (31 October 2017)
Format Digital download
Recorded2017
Studio Justin Broadrick's home studio in Wales
Genre
Length4:28
Label Avalanche
Songwriter(s) Godflesh
Producer(s) Justin Broadrick
Godflesh singles chronology
"Ringer"
(2014)
"Post Self"
(2017)
Audio sample

"Post Self" is an industrial metal song by the band Godflesh, taken from their 2017 album of the same name. It was released ahead of Post Self on 31 October 2017 through frontman Justin Broadrick's own label, Avalanche Recordings, as a digital download. [1] [2]

Industrial metal is the fusion of heavy metal music and industrial music, typically employing repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals. Prominent industrial metal acts include Ministry, Godflesh, KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails.

Godflesh English industrial metal band

Godflesh are an English industrial metal band from Birmingham, England. The group formed in 1982 under the title Fall of Because but did not release any complete music until 1988 when Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green (bass) renamed the band and decided to use a drum machine for percussion. Melding heavy metal with industrial music and later with electronic music and dub, Godflesh's innovative sound is widely regarded as a foundational influence on other industrial metal and post-metal acts and as significant to both experimental metal and extreme metal.

<i>Post Self</i> 2017 studio album by Godflesh

Post Self is the eighth studio album by English industrial metal band Godflesh. It was released on 17 November 2017 through frontman Justin Broadrick's own record label, Avalanche Recordings, and was the band's second album since reforming in 2010. The single "Post Self" was released for streaming on 31 October 2017, and a second track, "Be God", was released for streaming on 11 November 2017, six days in advance of the full release. Godflesh avoided interviews in the wake of Post Self, hoping to retain some of the album's purity and give listeners a chance to digest the music in a vacuum.

Contents

Composition

"Post Self", the introductory and title track of Godflesh's eighth studio album, is one of only a few songs on the release to feature a traditional metal riff. [3] Structurally, "Post Self" can be seen as a microcosm of its host album; [4] just as Post Self begins with a three metal-oriented tracks, [5] "Post Self" the song's first half is dominated by aggressive guitar and guttural vocals, and just as Post Self becomes more somber and experimental in its latter stages, [6] so too does the song. [4] Peter Helman of Stereogum described the song as "crushing", [7] and Zoe Camp of Revolver called it "relentless". [8] Noisey's Phil Witmer highlighted the song's distortion, hip hop-inspired percussion, screaming, low-tuned guitar and overall grinding sound as "a great primer" for the band. [9] Some critics labeled the song as post-punk. [10] [8]

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<i>Revolver</i> (magazine) bi-monthly rock and heavy metal magazine

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Critical reception

"Post Self" was well received by critics. AllMusic writer Paul Simpson called the main riff "instantly striking." [3] Vince Neilstein, cofounder of MetalSucks magazine, said that "Despite the press copy's claim that Post Self will be 'less metal,' this track still goes really fucking hard." [11] Denise Falzon of Exclaim! wrote that "Post Self" "contain[s] those instantly recognizable pulsating beats and crushing sludgy heaviness, while Broadrick's distinct vocals are as powerful as ever." [12] Also writing for Exclaim!, Brock Thiessen praised the song, saying, "[it] is a crushing sonic assault, loading on thick, damaged layers of industrial-minded sludge. It's right in line with what you'd expect from Godflesh, and that's definitely not a bad thing." [13]

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Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Post Self"4:28

Personnel

Credits adapted from "Post Self" liner notes [2]

Justin Broadrick Record producer, musician, singer

Justin Karl Michael Broadrick is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer. He is best known as a founding member of the band Godflesh, one of the first bands to combine elements of extreme metal and industrial music. He was briefly in the English grindcore band Napalm Death when he was a teenager in the mid-1980s, writing and recording guitar for Side One of Napalm Death's debut album, Scum. Broadrick has also maintained a parallel career as a producer, producing records and remixes for groups such as Pantera, Isis, Mogwai and Hydra Head labelmates Pelican. Since 2012, he has been releasing hard techno music under the solo moniker JK Flesh. Broadrick has set up record labels such as HeadDirt, Avalanche Recordings, Post Mortem Productions, Lo Fibre and Heartache.

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Drum machine electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums or other percussion instruments

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References

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  2. 1 2 "Post Self" (digital liner notes). Godflesh. Avalanche Recordings. 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
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