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Streetcleaner (Remastered)

Godflesh

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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 "Breed...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

Epic... just plain epic.

This album changed my conception of music in high school. Godflesh was my favorite band at the time and this album was top of the list. :)

The 1st review I ever motivated to write (and I'm sure the last).

The remastering really does make a noticeable difference in the sound. I grew up on this album and it's even heavier. An awesome album even better. I didn't think it was possible but Justin did it. Kudos to him! Worth the purchase even if you already own the original. The extra mixes are very good, not just filler material like a lot of other rereleased, remastered CDs. Well worth the cash.

Brutal, All-Encomapssing.

This is THEE album that I listen to when I just wanna lay back and be taken to distant, bleak dimensions. I was weary of purchasing a remaster of one of my favorite albums of all time but after listening to the remaster before I bought it, I have to say... Bravo Justin and company for not totally ruining the amazing piece of art that you guys recorded way back in 1989. The quality is now top-notch on this remaster. All the volume concerns have been more than tweaked, the low end is lower, the guitars are even more ferocious and Justin's vocals sound even more evil than they did on the original.

"Streetcleaner" to me, is the best Industrial/Metal/Doom/Whatever the hell you wanna call it album that I have EVER had the joy of listening to. I strongly urge anyone into the original recording to buy this one. I promise it will not disappoint. I've been waiting 15 years for this album to get the treatment it deserved, and I just want to thank Mr. Broadrick for taking the time to remaster it during my lifetime. Amazing, terrifying, beautiful record.

Biography

Formed: 1988 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

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

If Black Sabbath was 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 hails 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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