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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 1 Feb. 2001
This review is from: Streetcleaner (Audio CD)
Following the release of Napalm Deaths influential 'Scum' album in the mid 1980s, the band underwent a number of personnel changes. The most notable members to exit the now legendary brummie grindcore outfit were bassist/vocalist Nick Bullen and a punk guitarist called Justin K. Broadrick.
By the late 1980s Nick was working fulltime with Napalm Death drummer Mitch Harris on experimental outfit Scorn. Justin K. Broadrick was by now working on his own project along with his ex- Fall of Because bandmates G.C Green and Paul Neville. This band became known as Godflesh.
After the release of the bands self-titled EP Godflesh, it was time to get to work on the first real Godflesh album. The line-up became Justin K. Broadrick on guitars/vocals and ex-Fall of Because man G.C Green on bass. As has become a recurrent theme with Godflesh there is no drummer. Instead dull moody rhythms comes from a drum machine adding to the oppresive feel.
In May 1989 at Soundcheck studios in Birmingham, Godflesh set to work on the first side of Streetcleaner. Later that month the band started working on the second side of the album at Square Dance studios in Derby this time with Paul Neville bolstering the line-up as a second guitarist. With the cover-art taken from the disturbing yet visually stunning film 'Altered States' you know that your in for a rough ride as you place the CD in the player and press play.
From the bleak yet catchy opening track Like Rats to the more darker and sinister tracks like 'Christbait Rising' 'Pulp' 'Streetcleaner' and 'Wound' this album is a complete classic. Each song is filled with guitar feedback, screeches and a pounding bass all the time driven by the mechanical rattle of the drum machine as it keeps rhythm.
Alot of people have said this is their peak. However Godflesh have been consistent in producing great albums. If you like this then check out 'Songs of Love and Hate' and 'Us and Them' which are two albums that are classics in their own rights. Also worth looking at are;
'Pure' 'Slateman/Cold World' 'Selfless/Merciless'
Side-projects to check out are;
'Sweet Tooth' 'Ice' 'Techno Animal' 'Head of David' 'Fall of Because' 'Final'
Best of all they're British and one of the genuine innovators of the last ten years. Along with Napalm Death, Carcass and Cathedral, Godflesh are an example that this country can produce bands that can play a bit if need be.

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