Godhead Machinery are a band from Finland that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays an unorthodox mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Aligned To The Grid" which will be released in April by Inverse Records.
Tragic sounding keyboards start off the album before going into a heavier direction while spoken word samples can also be heard briefly. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of tremolo picking.
Vocals are mostly angry sounding black metal screams along with some death metal growls also being used at times as well as the music also mixing in elements of blackened death metal. Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Spoken word samples and keyboards also make a return on some of the later tracks while one song also introduces clean playing onto the recording. As the album progresses a brief use of Gregorian chants and operatic female vocals can also be heard before returning back to a heavier direction as well as the music more rooted in death metal than the previous recording reviewed , clean vocals can also be heard briefly on a later song The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover the corruption of both politics and religion along with some existential touches.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Godhead Machinery and if you are a fan of black and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Alpha" "Above A Legion Of Equals" and "Illusion". 8 out of 10.