GODFLESH

Industrial Metal • United Kingdom
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Godflesh is 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, and reformed in 2010.

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.

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GODFLESH Streetcleaner album cover 3.82 | 21 ratings
Streetcleaner
Industrial Metal 1989
GODFLESH Pure album cover 3.50 | 8 ratings
Pure
Industrial Metal 1992
GODFLESH Selfless album cover 3.94 | 8 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 3.50 | 1 ratings
A World Lit Only by Fire
Industrial Metal 2014
GODFLESH Post Self album cover 3.75 | 2 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 Love and Hate in Dub album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love and Hate in Dub
Industrial Metal 1997
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 demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

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

GODFLESH re-issues & compilations

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

GODFLESH singles (6)

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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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5.00 | 1 ratings
Mothra
Industrial Metal 1992
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Post Self - single
Industrial Metal 2017

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GODFLESH Streetcleaner

Album · 1989 · Industrial Metal
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SilentScream213
Sometimes when you listen to one of these acclaimed albums and don’t like them so much, you can still see what makes the album so great. You can recognize what other people see in it and write it off as just not being your thing. But sometimes, you might just be left mystified, wondering “What am I missing?”

Just before Streetcleaner, I had been listening to Peter Gabriel’s Passion, one of his most revered releases and a widely acclaimed New Age/World Music album. The album didn’t do anything for me, mostly because I’m not a fan of the style of music. However, I could still acknowledge the great compositions and brilliant atmospheres crafted in the soundscapes, and it was no mystery to me why it is so well liked.

Streetcleaner is a different case. I love metal. I love dark, misanthropic, heavy music. But listening to Streetcleaner, I struggle to find any appeal at all. The songs are all incredibly simple, and it sounds much less like a performance and much more like each member came up with one loop and just had it repeat for 5 minutes. There’s nothing innately wrong with this, but if you’re gonna repeat something for so long, at least make it good. The riffs are barely there; boring, slow, uninspired guitar that does little other than add a sludgy atmosphere, and ditto for the bass. The drum beats are equally boring and uninspired, and aside from some occasional addition of double bass, never do anything interesting. The vocals are sometimes there, and that’s all I can say about them.

The album is certainly dark, but the problem is that it is not active in achieving this. All the music is incredibly passive, and by that I mean there’s a lot of nothing going on aside from sounding heavy and dissonant, and it becomes the listener’s job to project any actual mood to it. The music doesn’t invoke anything on its own, but rather acts as a pool to collect such projected feelings. Unique at the time, and influential for everything that came after… but I’d say this is another case of influenced far surpassing the influencer.

GODFLESH A World Lit Only by Fire

Album · 2014 · Industrial Metal
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BitterJalapeno
Deep, dark and exceptionally moody, A WORLD LIT ONLY BY FIRE was the first GODFLESH album released in nearly 13 years after 2001s HYMNS. I get the impression that they were trying to record something of refreshed version of their first studio album STREETCLEANER which I think they did successfully. Call it a STREETCLEANER 2.0 if you will. It has the same relentless rumbling aggression, very low tuning and Broadrick's signature bark but with a fresher feel from the modern production. If you listen with headphones up full blast and close you eyes, you can practically see the fire mentioned in the album title (or maybe it just makes me think of the album cover of STREETCLEANER??)

Having said that, I would still put STREETCLEANER in front of this down to its originality at the time of its release even though the music itself has a less professional feel which is generally the case for most first releases anyway and certainly not always a bad thing.

One thing that lets A WORLD LIT ONLY BY FIRE down in my opinion is that it can feel that it drags on somewhat towards the end and on occasion, i do not make it quite to the end of the album. For this reason, I cannot give more than 3.5/5. Still a great album which I would recommend to anyone who likes their metal dark and bleak.

BitterJ

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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A Calm Harpy
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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Warthur
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.

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