GODFLESH

Industrial Metal • United Kingdom
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Godflesh were an industrial metal band from Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, formed in 1988 by Justin K. Broadrick (guitar, vocals, and programming) and G. C. Green (bass). They are highly regarded as one of the founders of industrial metal. The group disbanded in 2002.

In 1982, Green founded Fall Of Because (named after a Killing Joke song) with Paul Neville. Broadrick, who had been playing guitar as a member of Napalm Death, joined the group in mid-1985 as drummer and vocalist. The band fell apart in 1987. Broadrick then spent a couple of years (1986-1988) as a member of Head of David. In 1988, he contacted Green about reforming Fall of Because. Justin decided to take over on guitars and they chose to use a drum machine to help out. They also decided to change their name to Godflesh.

Godflesh established a presence in underground music with albums such as
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Hymns: Special EditionHymns: Special Edition
The End / Music For Nations 2013
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GODFLESH Streetcleaner album cover 4.19 | 16 ratings
Streetcleaner
Industrial Metal 1989
GODFLESH Pure album cover 3.50 | 8 ratings
Pure
Industrial Metal 1992
GODFLESH Selfless album cover 3.92 | 6 ratings
Selfless
Industrial Metal 1994
GODFLESH Songs of Love and Hate album cover 2.75 | 3 ratings
Songs of Love and Hate
Industrial Metal 1996
GODFLESH Us and Them album cover 3.00 | 4 ratings
Us and Them
Industrial Metal 1999
GODFLESH Hymns album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
Hymns
Industrial Metal 2001
GODFLESH A World Lit Only by Fire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A World Lit Only by Fire
Industrial Metal 2014
GODFLESH Post Self album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Post Self
Industrial Metal 2017

GODFLESH EPs & splits

GODFLESH Godflesh album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Godflesh
Industrial Metal 1988
GODFLESH Slavestate album cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
Slavestate
Industrial Metal 1991
GODFLESH Cold World album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Cold World
Industrial Metal 1991
GODFLESH Loopflesh / Fleshloop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Loopflesh / Fleshloop
Industrial Metal 1991
GODFLESH Crush My Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Crush My Soul
Industrial Metal 1994
GODFLESH Merciless album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Merciless
Industrial Metal 1994
GODFLESH Messiah album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Messiah
Industrial Metal 2000
GODFLESH Decline and Fall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Decline and Fall
Industrial Metal 2014

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GODFLESH Merciless album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Merciless
Industrial Metal 1994

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GODFLESH Slateman / Cold World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Slateman / Cold World
Industrial Metal 1996
GODFLESH Selfless / Merciless album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Selfless / Merciless
Industrial Metal 1996
GODFLESH In All Languages album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In All Languages
Industrial Metal 2001

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Pulp / Christbait Rising
Industrial Metal 1989
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Slavestate Remixes
Industrial Metal 1991
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Slavestate
Industrial Metal 1991
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Slateman / Wound '91
Industrial Metal 1991
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Mothra
Industrial Metal 1992
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Post Self - single
Industrial Metal 2017

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GODFLESH Pure

Album · 1992 · Industrial Metal
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Warthur
Industrial metal pioneers Godflesh advance their sound by incorporating influences from the very earliest phases of the industrial music subgenre, with pieces like Love, Hate (Slugbaiting) and Pure II at points drifting out of metal territory entirely into the sort of sickly, rotting from the inside musical landscapes first exposed to the world in the most disturbing works of Throbbing Gristle or Nurse With Wound. A rather transitional, experimental album, it isn't quite as immediately arresting as Streetcleaner, but it's a decent enough listen for industrial metal fans and suggests a band whose creative process is still very much alive and ongoing.

GODFLESH Streetcleaner

Album · 1989 · Industrial Metal
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This album is an absolute beast, but especially in the context of the year it was released. In 1989, any metal band using an electronic drum (with a hip-op beat!) would have been laughed off stage, yet this wasn't any metal band. Not by the long shot. Formed with former member of Napalm Death, Justin Broadrick, the music is equally innovative, yet a thousand times slower.

From the refrain of "Like Rats", to the machine gun fire of the title track (named after an Uzi), this album is relentless and punishing. Justin's demonic voice with the backdrop of sludgy guitars and mechanical drums creates this apocalyptic sound that even their later albums couldn't quite match.

This is a masterpiece of metal music and music as a whole because if nothing else, it created a genre.

GODFLESH Songs of Love and Hate

Album · 1996 · Industrial Metal
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Not an album for those who simply want another Streetcleaner, Songs of Love and Hate finds Godflesh mucking about with their sound, dabbling in fuzzed-out sludge metal at some points and working in hip hop influences at others. It's certainly a less focused release than Streetcleaner, and some listeners - including me - may feel that the band's meandering musical experiments come at the cost of polish and mastery. It feels like Godflesh are just superficially dabbling in a range of styles without really hitting the potential of any of them. It's not an outright incompetent album, but it feels transitional and directionless.

GODFLESH Streetcleaner

Album · 1989 · Industrial Metal
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Listening to Godflesh's debut album I have to regularly remind myself that it came out in 1989, because it sounds like something which wouldn't be out of place in the industrial metal scene a decade later. This is a pioneering work which demonstrates the potential of incorporating industrial elements into a metal context at around the time that other seminal works by the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry were experimenting with putting a bit of metal into an industrial context, and deserves to be considered next to the likes of Pretty Hate Machine or The Land of Rape and Honey in any consideration of foundational works of industrial metal.

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