Last year’s Surgical Steel proved that just because a band has been defunct for a long time doesn’t mean that they can’t have one hell of a comeback album. Carcass’ comeback was the new template for a band like that though. And when At the Gates announced that they would be recording their first new album in 19 years, expectations were pretty high. And not only did the architects of the Gothenberg sound make a record that lived up to the almost impossibly high expectations placed upon it, they made what’s arguably the best comeback album of the year.
Another excellent comeback album came courtesy of Godflesh. Like ATG, Godflesh was a hugely influential band in a genre that did a bit of touring to test the waters before making another album. Justin Broadrick told us that after 13 years, even though he had no plans initially of reforming the band, it happened naturally and organically. A World Lit Only by Fire is not only a solid Godflesh album, but one of the best recordings in their catalog.