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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just superb, 17 Mar 2002
This review is from: In All Languages (Audio CD)
Godflesh are probably the best band that you've never heard of. They are (or were when this was released) a pair of Brummies, Justin Broadrick and G. Christian Green, plus their trusty drum machine. Whenever their music is described, one word that often crops up is 'monolithic', and a quick listen to this album will soon show you why. Slow, torturous and incredibly heavy, this is minimalist Industrial music at its very best. This is a compilation of the best of their five albums on Earache Records, as well as a second disc containing a bunch of rare and unreleased songs, and also some brand new remixes.
If you are a fan of bands such as Ministry, Static-X or Fear Factory and thought that they were original, you should buy this album to see where they got their inspiration. All of those bands (particularly Ministry) have had their sound influenced by these pioneers.
Whilst the band may have changed direction slightly in the last few years (A bit of Drum and Bass, anyone?), this album sums up all that was great about them at their peak. Any fans of any heavy music (not Nu Metal, that's just pop music in disguise) should buy this, and sample one of the most progressive metal bands of the last fifteen years.

Slaughter of the Soul
Slaughter of the Soul

5.0 out of 5 stars Top swedish death metal, 9 Mar 2002
This review is from: Slaughter of the Soul (Audio CD)
The final album from the sadly departed At The Gates, Sweden's second finest ever death metal band (after Entombed, of course!), this is a masterpiece. If you like death metal, you buy this album, it's as simple as that. Containing such underground classics as "Blinded By Fear", "Nausea" and the awesome title track, the only drawback of this record is its length. Clocking in at just over half an hour, some may complain about a lack of VFM. Ignore them, they're just whingers.
Unfortunately, shortly after the release of this album, the band went their seperate ways. However, the creative nucleus of At The Gates, The Bjorler brothers went on to form The Haunted, so buy their albums as well. However, as good as they are, they don't quite live up to this swansong of one of the most original metal artists of recent years.

The Berzerker
The Berzerker
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As hard as it gets!, 2 Mar 2002
This review is from: The Berzerker (Audio CD)
This album is one hard bastard. It comes across as a mixture between Ultraviolence and the sadly missed Carcass. If you like either of these bands, or just extreme music in general, you'll like this. If you're one of those in your Linkin Park sweat top, liking metal because it became fashionable then this really isn't for you, stick to your pop music. For the rest of us, though, it is the best in hardcore 300bpm techno meets death metal. To liven things up, it also contains a fine series of samples discussing such topics as the role of the coroner and the antics of serial killers including Edward Kemper. Oh, and I heard a rumour that The Berzerker is actually none other than Jason Donovan in a mask!!! I hope that one is true!

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