Justin Broadrick once declared that the JK Flesh pseudonym was reserved for the 'angry, hateful, disenchanted side of what I do', and it sounds like he has unleashed a lot of these dark feelings on Rise Above. However, instead of creating a one-dimensional gloom fest, Broadrick has turned his hate into something constructive. The album's opening salvo, which includes "Tunnel", "Defector" and "Swarm", feels like the musical equivalent of being dragged backwards through a swamp by a giant snake, while "Conquered" and "Trinity" see him bash out primal mid-paced rhythms. On the title track, he combines these two elements to create a shit-kicking, bone-crushing rhythm that proves once used constructively, anger is indeed an energy.
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