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Grind Madness At The Bbc [Box set]

Godflesh Audio CD
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When Birmingham based duo Godflesh began creating their stark, hypnotic musical blueprint in the late 80’s, they were heralded as true innovators - crushing heaviness forged with such bleak soundscapes that it left listeners uneasy, wondering how music could be so unforgiving and enjoyable at the same time. Godflesh created a new scene which the press termed Industrial, with such ... Read more in Amazon's Godflesh Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Earcahe
  • ASIN: B002LK0X1I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Napalm Death - The Kill
2. Napalm Death - Prison Without Walls
3. Napalm Death - Dead
4. Napalm Death - Deceiver
5. Napalm Death - Lucid Fairytale
6. Napalm Death - In Extremis
See all 54 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Carcass - Crepitating Bowel Erosion
2. Carcass - Slash Dementia
3. Carcass - Cadaveric Incubator Of Endo Parasites
4. Carcass - Reek Of Putrefaction
5. Carcass - Empathological Necroticism
6. Carcass - Foeticide
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Disc: 3
1. Godflesh - Tiny Tears
2. Godflesh - Wound (Not Wound)
3. Godflesh - Pulp
4. Godflesh - Like Rats
5. Unseen Terror - Incompatible
6. Unseen Terror - Burned Beyond Recognition
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BBC Review

Featuring a mind-boggling 118 tracks across three discs, this compilation brings together some of the most extreme music ever recorded for John Peel’s legendary BBC Radio 1 show. With a mass of ground-breaking material from 1987-90, this is the single most comprehensive history of grindcore ever released.

Peel’s relentless quest for the cutting edge took him to places where lesser DJs feared to tread. In the mid- to late-80s, his quixotic journey led him to discover an emerging wave of new UK bands taking punk, hardcore and metal influences to a new extreme. Dubbed grindcore, their distorted, hypersonic outbursts laid the groundwork for some of the most uncompromising music of our age.

Napalm Death weren’t the first OTT hardcore outfit to be championed by Peel, but they were by far the fastest and easily the most influential. All manner of extreme hardcore and metal was later inspired by their pioneering noise. The band’s first Peel session, recorded in September 1987, was a whirlwind of speed and sonic chaos. With tracks such as The Kill and Dead clocking in at around three seconds and ten seconds respectively, nothing quite like it had been heard before. Two further Napalm Death sessions are included here and are mandatory listening for those interested in the genesis of today’s extreme metal scene.

Disc one also features sessions by Extreme Noise Terror, the high-velocity hardcore band who famously performed 3 a.m. Eternal with The KLF at 1992’s Brit Awards. Like Napalm Death, their vitriol was directed at the military-industrial complex and the evils of corporate control.

The second disc opens with two sessions of crude grindcore/death metal from Carcass, who subsequently cleaned up their sound and became one of death metal’s most important innovators. With song titles like Crepitating Bowel Erosion and Reek of Putrefaction, they steered clear of politics, preferring instead to explore a mire of nightmarish gore.

Bolt Thrower’s rumbling, bottom-heavy death metal rounds out disc two, making way for a diverse final disc featuring Godflesh’s industrial noise metal, Unseen Terror’s metallic grindcore and a return to straightforward hardcore with Heresy and Intense Degree. With comprehensive liner notes from Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris, an explosive chapter in UK music history finally has a tribute worth the name. --Greg Moffitt

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you earache 10 Sep 2009
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I know this isnt out yet, but since i have most of these on vinyl/cassette im gonna review it becauses this overdue retrospective. Many of the peel sessions were often better than their studio counterparts and since recorded live tend to be even more urgent, and its great to see earache giving airtime to some of their considerable back catalogue besides reissuing slaughter of the soul for the 100th time. The big name sessions are the most readily available; however, it is nice to see the ENT, Unseen Terror and my favourites Bolt Thrower in a more palatable format. The only disapointment is perhaps that a deal couldnt have been made with peaceville to include the Doom, Electro Hippies and Prophecy of Doom sessions which would just round off this period of english extremity nicely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just...brilliant 28 Dec 2009
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Early, original grind had so much more energy back then. And I think this release truely encapsulates that, especially in a production sense.

Disc 1 is my personal favourite, with Napalm and ENT on it. The "Scum" and "From Enslavement to Obliteration" tracks get a really good revamp by the legendary John Peel and the live recording environment. But the remaining discs are still great. My only dislike is Godflesh personally, but I ain't a huge industrial fan.

A great homage to John Peel, and a brilliant capture of true grind intensity. Whether you were too young to remember the original release of the Peel Sessions or not, it's a brilliant compilation to withold.
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