Godflesh
Streetcleaner


5.0
classic

Review

by canadapantsman USER (7 Reviews)
August 28th, 2006 | 69 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist


The Background
When discussing the music of Godflesh with almost any fan, two words are sure to make their way into the conversation: Dark and Heavy. So what, right? There’s tons of metal bands around nowadays claiming to be “a heavier [insert 80’s metal band here]” or even “bringing the underground brutality to the mainstream” or whatever the hell else passes for a catchphrase to sell some crappy album from former nu-metallers who decided to get with the times by tuning down to Q flat. Whatever. The word “heavy” is overused and we all know it.

Well not many bands come within leagues of the brutality and atmosphere of dissonant abyss that is Godflesh. The only records that come close to the level of sheer weight that this album exerts might be early Isis or post-Destroy Erase Improve Meshuggah, and the former made no effort to hide their idolization of this legendary industrial power. Streetcleaner is the album that put this band on the map of the underground scene and what has inspired countless of other bands looking for a way to best create a dense pall of black thoughts and feelings. When it was released in 1990, I would imagine this was the definition of sludge. The seed of a new wave of “doom metal” was herein planted, one that exhibited complete and unrelenting brutality not by way of havoc, but by of the impending doom and anxiety that precedes.

The Music
For the most part it plods along in its murk of distorted vocals, guitar and bass marching to the mechanized drum beats. Atmospherically disharmonic leads sometimes play under the entire song without changing while the rhythms and grooves experiment underneath as a separate yet connected entity seeking to compliment its counterpart in every possible manner. In fact, besides the few samples and programmed percussion, there isn’t much usage of electronic programming or synths as is common in industrial music for atmospheric creations; the guitar work is unnerving and slightly machine-esque enough to dominate the soundscape.

The rhythms usually repeat throughout the entire song with a few changes, and for the unaccustomed might threaten boredom. Delay-drenched drones of anguished yells and monotonous chants accompanies the pounding groove, promising never to let you taste of light until you stop listening. Streetcleaner is devoid of remorse.

As an album, Streetcleaner is best listened to whole, at once, or at least in succession. Some tracks do drag out a little long and can be a little unpleasant, but it should be remembered that Godflesh did not create this music as pleasant art. This is a soundtrack to emotional devestation, the hellish confines of the disabled and disturbed mind and body, scorched souls devoid of hope and self-respect, the ones that didn’t make it out on top but instead ended up where man can sink no further. The art is not only in accepting this environment as real, and seeing the perverse beauty of disdain and utter nothingness of a moral wasteland, but accepting and realizing the fear of these environments and the futility of the self when confronted with these. Expecting Streetcleaner as something different is not an option with one of the darkest musical experiences known to man.

5/5 not only for context, but for overall work as an album

Recommended Traxxorz
Mighty Trust Krusher
Streetcleaner
Dream Long Dead



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Comments:Add a Comment 
niobium
August 29th 2006


238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wow this is a great review. I'm glad there is someone that appreciates Godflesh as much as you, I thought I was one of the few vocal members.

Really glad you mentioned Mighty Trust Krusher as a recommended track. I've heard 2 Godflesh albums, but this isn't one of them, so that's the only track I've heard off this album. I'll have to download this soon. Again, terrific job!

Werny
August 29th 2006


148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Killer review man.

I've had this for a while.

The most amazing thing about this is that it was released in 1989...and is, to me, undeniably post-metal. This is drone, sludge, industrial metal, yet made before metal had really started experimenting. Justin Broadrick is truly a genius.

The music itself is quite enjoyable, has a lot of good moments, but sadly I can't bring myself to call it classic. I do love it dearly though. Heaps of killer riffs. My fave songs are Streetcleaner and Pulp.

Brain Dead
August 29th 2006


1150 Comments


What an amazing review, this album sounds pretty great.

Phil
August 31st 2006


1473 Comments


I like the sound of this album. Very cool review. I need money which shouldn't be spent on CD's.

Gonads
October 30th 2007


26 Comments


This review is amazing, Godflesh is really growing on me lately I'm gonna definitely get this cd sooner or later.

LifeInABox
October 30th 2007


3708 Comments


This album is great, you ought buy it.

HenchmanOfSanta
July 8th 2008


1865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just want to say that Like Rats has probably the coolest vocals in metal.

JAV
July 8th 2008


1936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album, it's so brutal.

badtaste
January 16th 2009


824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review.

Digging this album on occasion. "Dream Long Dead" is killer.This Message Edited On 01.16.09

JesusV4
March 18th 2010


391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@HenchmanofSanta: AWESOME VOCAL. To me though, the coolest vocal in metal is Al Jourgenson of Ministry. Try Filth Pig. It has a bad rep, but if you like Godflesh, you should like Ministry's Filth Pig too.

Slipping Away
April 18th 2010


1261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listening to this right now and its really impressing me

Meatplow
May 8th 2010


5524 Comments


Christbait Rising owns

Brylawski
May 8th 2010


709 Comments


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Meatplow
May 8th 2010


5524 Comments


why jesus why

KILL
June 28th 2010


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is so fucking good

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KILL
July 3rd 2010


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why hasnt this got 200 pages saying how good it is wtf guys

Helvete
July 3rd 2010


1354 Comments


all reviews are 5s awesome

YouAreMySilence
July 3rd 2010


3727 Comments


the vocals are ridiculously bad imo.

Urinetrouble
July 3rd 2010


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

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KILL
July 3rd 2010


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

christbait rising is the best thing i've ever heard



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