Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critic Reviews

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  1. Jun 21, 2023
    Overall, it’s a wild, violent, voracious record, and one of the group’s best.
  2. Jun 13, 2023
    30 years since the release of Pure, Godflesh continue to sound as relevant as ever.
  3. Jun 5, 2023
    On Purge, it feels like the band has finally found a sense of catharsis. In the end, this record does exactly what it says it will; it offers listeners a chance to dwell and stew on the darkness in their lives before inviting them to release those feelings; while the relief might be temporary, sometimes that's all you need.
  4. The Wire
    Jun 5, 2023
    The album’s first half is simultaneously some of Godflesh’s most aggro material and as gleaming and chromed as a Terminator that’s been burned down to its metal skeleton. Purge isn’t a completely boom-bap orientated album, though. “Lazarus Leper” is both one of the album’s longest tracks and one of its most old school. The primitive drum machine beat sounds like something that could have come off the group’s very first EP. [Jul 2023, p.51]
  5. Mojo
    Jun 5, 2023
    It's not all bleak: within the lumbering inevitability that a drum machine brings, Broadrick pulls off a singular funkiness, which ensures that the titular 'purge' is fully transcendent, even enjoyable. [Jul 2023, p.90]
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 5, 2023
    A deeply rageful affair. .... Heavy. [Jul 2023, p.79]
  7. Jun 5, 2023
    An overwhelming addition to a back catalogue not lacking in transcendental power, Purge finds Justin channelling distress and disgust into music that hits both body and soul, creating something wonderful out of horror and pain. This really is a perfectly-titled album.
  8. Jun 26, 2023
    On Purge, Godflesh strike a balance between communal vulnerability and seething hostility that makes for the most inviting entry in their late career.
  9. Jun 8, 2023
    Purge is heavier on breaks and electronics than Pure, and it feels more sudden and immediate, forgoing the older album's dark ambient experimentation and extended track lengths.
  10. Jun 8, 2023
    At the end of the day, Purge is Godflesh doing Godflesh and doing a good job at it, but as far as how it stacks up against the rest of their discography, it’s far from a high point.
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  1. Jun 21, 2023
    It is quite a mellow album full of ambience noise that does take you through a curious trip. It is not bad at all, but the album is full ofIt is quite a mellow album full of ambience noise that does take you through a curious trip. It is not bad at all, but the album is full of noise loops with very tiny drops of grandeur that doesn't really propose a specific matter. I would say it is a good album for backgrounds, you know, going into a metal coffee shop, this would be a good thing to set a mood while you are not actually paying attention to it, doing your work, homework or just laughing out loud with your metal friends. Haha Full Review »