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Album Review

Godflesh's first full album built on the strengths of their self-titled EP and then some, resulting in one of the darkest, best classics of grindcore (admittedly a label Broadrick himself always hated). Of course, in comparison to the nuclear-strength, hyperspeed thrash Broadrick initially found himself associated with thanks to Napalm Death, Streetcleaner doesn't so much grind as crawl, but it does with an awesome, bass-heavy power that feels like doom piled on top of further doom. Assisted with further guitar at points by past bandmate Paul Neville, Broadrick and Green simply explode with utter virulence, musically and lyrically. The song titles again evoke images of mechanistic destruction and organic decay, while Broadrick's roared words, when audible, contain such user-unfriendly lines like " rats!" and "Don't hold me back, this is my own hell!" And these from the first two songs alone, the latter of which, one of the band's best numbers, has the title "Christbait Rising." Compared to so many metal wimps who invoke Satan and death in the cheesiest of ways, though, Godflesh let their own brusque impact do the talking for them, and the result is suitably apocalyptic. Drum machines shatter, shudder, and downright assault, while the riffs the two (or three) cook up are bludgeoning, well worthy of Broadrick's partial inspirations the Swans, arguably the best comparable forebear if one is talking about albums like Cop or Young God. The secret to the success of the album is the arrangements — the songs themselves are almost deceptively simple, but the band deliver everything with a pinpoint precision, bursting out of the speakers and suddenly cut off when needed. As an interesting bonus, the CD version contains four tracks originally recorded for an EP but never formally released as such, including the planned title song "Tiny Tears," and "Wound," later re-recorded and remixed for other releases.

Customer Reviews

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Godflesh almost defies description...this album is like a mixture of Can, Napalm Death, The Cocteau Twins, and Throbbing Gristle run through a musical meat grinder. A few songs have recognizable elements of traditional metal, for example the growls and crushing detuned riffs in "Tiny Tears" and "Like Rats", but other songs defy any categorization altogether. The best example of this is the song "Pulp", which is built around a simple drum machine loop, and is composed of groans and industrial-strength guitar surges that appear almost at random. Yet, it manages to be both catchy and memorable! You'll more than likely hate this album upon your first listen, but after about three or four months it will become one of your favorites. Expand your musical horizons and give it a listen.


everything that justin broadrick touches(napalm death, jesu, and many other side projects) is pure gold...PREPARE TO BE DESTROYED AFTER LISTENING TO THIS ALBUM...I can't explain in less than 6000 words how fantastic this piece of audio delight is...Just find out for yourself if you're into death metal/grindcore/melvins/and heavy drum beats(via machine)


Godflesh came out of nowhere making some of the heaviest music at the time and they debuted with a mastrepiece. It's inudstrial gone death metal. The songs are so heavy, with powerful riffs, drum beats that fit in well, and the death grunts are so good. Streetcleaner made the black metal bands at that time look like a joke. Godflesh was evil without trying to be. Recommend this album big time!


Formed: 1988 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

If Black Sabbath were reborn as an industrial rock band, they'd probably sound an awful lot like Godflesh. Therefore, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Godflesh hail from the same hometown as Sabbath, the tough steel-welding town of Birmingham, England. Although a few other members passed through the Godflesh ranks over the years, the band's undisputed leader was guitarist/singer Justin Broadrick, who was present since the group's inception. Broadrick was influenced early on by heavy metal,...
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