Ignored in their native land, San Diego’s The God Machine wound up chasing their rock'n'roll dreams in London, taking up residence in a Camden squat and honing their craft alongside the likes of Silverfish and Skyscraper. Their luck didn’t improve much: despite press acclaim for their debut album, 1993’s Scenes From The Second Storey, the band remained resolutely underground, and their fate was sealed when bassist Jimmy Fernandez died from a brain hemorrhage during sessions for this, their second album, released after his passing. It’s a rich, if often uncomfortably bleak, epitaph, occupying sonic territory between Jane’s Addiction, Nick Cave and Nine Inch Nails at their most introspective. 'You said life would be painless,' sings frontman Robin Proper-Sheppard on album highlight Painless. 'I’m sorry, that’s not what I’ve found.' No shit.