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Godflesh

Godflesh are an industrial metal band from Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, formed in 1988 by Justin KarlBroadrick(guitar,vocals,and programming) and G. C. Green (bass). They are highly regarded as one of the founders ofindustrial metal. Thegroupdisbanded in 2002but reformed in 2010, appearing in few festivals and starting to produce a newstudio album.

In 1988, Broadrick contacted Green about reforming Fall Of Because, who fell apart in 1987. Justin decided to takeoveronguitars, andthey chose to use a drum machine to replace Justin as a drummer. The newly formed band decided ...read more

Godflesh are an industrial metal band from Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, formed in 1988 by Justin KarlBroadrick(guitar,vocals,and programming) and G. C. Green (bass). They are highly regarded as one of the founders ofindustrial metal. Thegroupdisbanded in 2002but reformed in 2010, appearing in few festivals and starting to produce a newstudio album.

In 1988, Broadrick contacted Green about reforming Fall Of Because, who fell apart in 1987. Justin decided to takeoveronguitars, andthey chose to use a drum machine to replace Justin as a drummer. The newly formed band decided tochangetheir name toGodflesh.

Godflesh established a presence in underground music with albums such as Streetcleaner and Pure, whichdemonstratedtheeffectivenessof lo-fi production values in heavy music. A brief flirtation with major label Columbia Records in1994 forSelfless and theMerciless EP sawthe duo take on a more high-end production approach. In 1996 Godflesh releasedSongs ofLove and Hate, which featuredthe drumming ofBryan Mantia (Guns N’ Roses, Primus, Praxis). The next album, 1999’sUs AndThem, saw the group experimenting with amore electronic,drum and bass-oriented sound in which the guitar played alesscentral role. In 2001 Godflesh released the double albumretrospective InAll Languages. That same year they releasedanalbum of new material, Hymns, which featured the precise drumming ofnew band memberTed Parsons (formerly of SwansandProng) and brought the band back to its slow and heavy roots while retaining elementsof itsexperiments with electronica.

Green left the band in late 2001. It was announced that he would be replaced by former Killing Joke and Prong bassistPaulRaven;however,Godflesh disbanded in 2002 when Broadrick suffered a nervous breakdown just before departing for atour of the U.S.As akind of partinggift, the group released a remastered version of their extremely rare 1994 EP Messiah,which was doubled inlength with allnew remixes.Broadrick and Parsons went on to form Jesu in 2003.

Godflesh will reappear for a few shows in 2010, including one at Hellfest, France, as the only show in Europe.Theseperformancescoincidewith the re-release of their seminal album Streetcleaner remastered with an additional disc ofunreleased mixes,demotapes and liveperformances.

Broadrick’s Farewel.

“On April 10th 2002, I disbanded Godflesh. This was something I had painfully been pondering since GC Greens’departurefromthe band inOct 2001. Regrettably it took until the day of leaving for a lengthy U.S tour for the realization to finallytake itstoll on me.Unfortunately thefinality of the decision and the responsibilities of making the decision proved too much for metobare, and I collapsedunder the weight. Ifound that without GC Green, Godflesh is not Godflesh, and him leaving proved to beanomen for me. I also feel thateverything we originallyintended or even imagined with Godflesh we have done. My only regrethasbeen the hurting of both remaining bandmembers Ted Parsonsand Paul Raven, and disappointing those that believe inGodfleshworldwide… In the near future, my new rock project Jesuwill surface. Sothis is by no means the end ofmysongwriting/guitar/vocalizing. Simply the end of a chapter. Endless gratitude to all thosethat havebelieved in andsupportedGodflesh throughout the 14 year history. You know who you are… Long live the new flesh….

Sound and influence.

Drawing influences from SPK, Whitehouse, Throbbing Gristle, Swans, Brian Eno and Black Sabbath, among others,Godfleshwereamong thepioneers of industrial metal.

Godflesh is known for their unique mixture of industrial drum machine beats with droning, discordant guitarandpowerful,intermittent bass.(On their earlier albums, the rhythms, synths, and samples are credited to “Machine”or“Machines”. Later, Godflesh wouldmake use ofhuman drummers Bryan Mantia and Ted Parsons.) Their eerie, slow,andrepetitive style is commonly described as“apocalyptic”. TheGodflesh sound was once described as “Pornography-era CureonQuaaludes”.

Broadrick’s vocals are often guttural, making use of something akin to the death grunt technique, yet they also at timesshowasofter, moremelodic side, as in “I Wasn’t Born to Follow” from 1992’s Pure. Godflesh lyrics are terse, cryptic, andbleak,oftenemphasizing duality oropposition. Paranoia and martyrdom are also common themes in Godflesh’s music and coverart.

Broadrick has also taken inspiration from Leonard Cohen; both artists have albums titled Songs Of Love And Hate. Inthesong“Mothra”(from Pure), Godflesh borrows the lyrics “Your pain is no credential here / It’s just the shadow of my wound”fromthe song“Avalanche” onthe aforementioned Cohen album. « hide

Similar Bands: Ministry, Greymachine, JK Flesh, Jesu, Pitchshifter

LPs
A World Lit Only by Fire
2014

3.9
160 Votes
Hymns
2001

3.8
147 Votes
Us and Them
1999

3.8
126 Votes
Songs of Love and Hate
1996

3.8
131 Votes
Selfless
1994

3.7
134 Votes
Pure
1992

4
201 Votes
Streetcleaner
1989

4.3
441 Votes
EPs
Decline & Fall
2014

3.6
60 Votes
Messiah
2003

4
43 Votes
Merciless
1994

4.3
19 Votes
Cold World
1992

4
41 Votes
Slavestate
1991

3.9
59 Votes
Godflesh
1988

4
86 Votes
Compilations
In All Languages
2001

4.5
8 Votes
Love and Hate in Dub
1997

3.9
31 Votes
Selfless / Merciless
1996

Slateman / Cold World
1996

3.9
7 Votes
The Ten Commandments
1996

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