Originally released as Downwards DN060, March 2014.
Boomkat review: Downwards return with a debut EP from Karl Meier and Stave's Jon Krohn (aka Talker), offering three epic slabs of bleak rhythm n' noise, including an extended restructure by Karl O'Connor. The O'Connor edit spans the whole of the A-side, an industrial-strength slow jam configured around a funereal, pulsing kickdrum that reminds us of a toughened take on Depeche Mode's Blasphemous Rumours stripped bare. When the percussion starts to build it still offers no relief, it's just one of those perfectly constructed tracks that builds tension from end-to-end. Carrier on the flip is more bombastic and corrosive, before Black Snake ends proceedings with beautifully eroded ambience, an echo of a song buried beneath layers of fuzz and distortion, like an industrial take on classic Fennesz.
released October 11, 2017
Written and produced by J.Krohn & Karl Meier
A side restructured by Karl O'Connor
Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering
Sucked up in a monochromatic maelstrom of dehumanized resonance, we land in a horizonless oilfield made of all the orphan disenchantments and the throbbing blackness pouring from our world above.
Time is reversed and geometry is non-Euclidean, the rusted mechanisms of restless derricks drill the coal ground and sample the poison infiltrating its depths to turn it into despair and fear, re-injecting them through pipelines fueling our reality.
A swirling love-hate relationship, for eternity. Dotflac
This one's a grower, not a shower. While the Godflesh signature elements are present - hostile vocals, bulldozer bass, piercing harmonics riffs - they interact here in sleeker, more contained forms than in the sprawling classic early records. As its title suggests, this record feels like late-in-life expression - mournful, considered. You hear Justin Broadrick's Godflesh, Jesu, and JK Flesh sides converging here. fyeahmetal