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Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Oct 6, 2014
    100
    Monolithic, heavy, raw and aggressive, A World Lit Only by Fire is 100 percent Godflesh, shattering any doubts that the duo, led by mastermind Justin K. Broadrick, could maintain their classic sound.
  2. Alternative Press
    Oct 6, 2014
    90
    This is Godflesh at their coldest and most mechanistically assaultive. [Nov 2014. p,90]
  3. The Wire
    Dec 16, 2014
    80
    A World Lit Only By Fire finds Godflesh on pleasingly resolute form. [Dec 2014, p.57]
  4. Kerrang!
    Nov 5, 2014
    80
    This comeback album from industrial metal outsiders Godflesh effortlessly recaptures the visceral appeal of their early days. [11 Oct 2014, p.55]
  5. Mojo
    Oct 6, 2014
    80
    For the most part A World Lit Only By Fire finds Godflesh sounding just as brilliantly brutal as ever. [Oct 2014, p.92]
  6. Oct 6, 2014
    80
    A World Lit Only by Fire makes it crystal clear that Godflesh have a long, unfailing memory, and that their punishing work has only just begun.
  7. Oct 6, 2014
    80
    It’s a sustained and hypnotic march through minimalist, post-Sabbath landscapes, and crucifyingly heavy on every level.
  8. Oct 6, 2014
    80
    There’s nothing nostalgic here--it’s the sound of a band reborn, rather than one reformed. And yes, it’s well worth the wait.
  9. Oct 6, 2014
    80
    As a whole, A World Lit Only by Fire represents music converted into motion--kinetic and mechanical, inexorable and inhuman. Godflesh, never a forgiving band, has never sounded so relentless.
  10. Oct 7, 2014
    70
    A World Lit Only By Fire is revisionist industrial and the soundscapes of this brittle disc leaves you wondering what on earth just hit you.

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