lundi 16 novembre 2009

Godflesh EP

Godflesh - Godflesh EP
Label - Swordfish
Released - 1988
Style - Industrial/Electronic/Birmingham Sludge

'Stay tuned, because this is the heaviness of Godflesh'....
This was the introduction to 'Avalanche Master' on WCVT 89.7fm (Towson) one night back in 1990 on the weekly Industrial/Electronic show. Heaviness is an understatement. This is more like being run over *slowly* by a gigantic tractor trailer. Bonecrushing.

A1 Avalanche Master Song (5:13)
A2 Veins (4:30)
A3 Godhead (5:01)
B1 Spinebender (5:07)
B2 Weak Flesh (4:23)
B3 Ice Nerveshatter (6:31)

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Godflesh - Hymns Demos

Title explains everything. Early versions of songs from Godflesh final album "Hymns", released in 2001. Broadrick disbanded group year later. His next project Jesu debuted in 2003.
"Birthdeath" is early version of "Paralyzed" and "Beyond Good & Evil" changed to "Deaf, Dumb and Blind".

Godflesh "Hymns - Demos & Rough Mixes" [2001]
01. Beyond Good & Evil [04:39]
02. Anthem [05:22]
03. Birthdeath [05:16]
04. Voidhead [04:58]
05. Vampire [05:27]
06. For Life [05:11]
total [30:54]

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Godflesh 26.02.1995 Utrecht

Crush My Soul

Godflesh 26.02.1995 Utrecht

01. Xnoybis [08:44]
02. Bigot [04:29]
03. Spite [04:29]
04. Mothra [04:47]
05. Anything is Mine [04:13]
06. Pure [05:12]
07. Body Dome Light [05:42]
08. Slavestate [04:06]
09. Toll [04:23]
10. Crush My Soul [04:41]
11. Christbait Rising [10:03]
12. Merciless [11:52]
total [1:12:59]

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Godflesh - Live - Schorndorf - 03-31-90the

Label: Bootleg
Year: 1990

Here is a Godflesh bootleg that seems to be one of the very few floating around the interwebs, that I've ever noticed anyway. The sound quality is pretty good, not pristine mind you, there are some overblown moments, but you can easily make out all the vocals, instrumentation, etc. I'd rate it an A-
I don't really feel the need to "explain" Godflesh, because we're all pretty much in agreement that they are one of the cornerstones of contemporary heavy music right? We can all agree that they were an ominous steamroller that devastated the listener through unrelenting precision, volume, and intensity right? And it seems that we can also agree that the band was the "total package" in that they had that presence most bands aren't committed to, the one that cloaks the group in a real and metaphorical dark haze, few photos exist, few interviews were conducted, and the band didn't really tour that much. Plus they predated the internet (at least the internet we now know) so if you wanted to know about them you had to dig real couldn't Google "Godflesh" and get their discography to pop up. I guess what I mean is that the band existing within an aura of mystery, and that simply heightened the excitement of any Godflesh news.
Listen to this recording very loud and with the lights out. Also, punch yourself in the face every three minutes or so for full effect.


Godflesh - Streetcleaner

This album can be summed up fairly simply: Heavy, mid paced industrial guitar riffs with super low bass that locks in perfectly with the drum machines, with some desperate, massive vocals roared by Broadrick. There's the occaisonal moments where thing will drop out, to give your ears some respite (The heavily treated guitar intro in Mighty Truck Krusher ) Still, as far as I can tell, Godflesh tried to write the heaviest, darkest industrial record they could, and they succeeded. The drums are huge and fit the sound so well.. Sometimes they're upfront, like the pulverising Pulp, sometimes they're a long way in the background, but for the most part, they are shattering and splintering eardrums. The guitars sound very heavy throughout the whole album, especcially in the superb Christbait Rising, and in the awesome Head Dirt. Whether they're playing super low riffs, or providing a backdrop for the bass and drums, the guitar demand to be noticed.

Artist: Godflesh
Album: Streetcleaner
Label: Earache Records
Format: CD
Country: UK
Genre: Metal
Style: Industrial Metal, Experimental

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