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Hymns

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  • Audio CD (15 Oct. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music for Nations
  • ASIN: B00005Q3VV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Defeated
  2. Deaf, dumb & blind
  3. Paralyzed
  4. Anthem
  5. Voidhead
  6. Tyrant
  7. White flag
  8. For life
  9. Animals
  10. Vampires
  11. Antihuman
  12. Regal
  13. Jesu

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Hymns proves that well over a decade on from their inception, Godflesh can still make the sort of thunderously heavy music to blast their imitators into submission. With the likes of Fear Factory and Foetus queuing up to doff their caps to the legacy of Godflesh, it's clear that the influence of these venerable Brum industrial innovators has far outstripped their sales. And now, it sounds like they're changing their tune: Hymns has far more in common with the modern stoner-rock firmament than any flour-faced industrial newcomers. From the opening "Defeated"--a sludgy Kyuss-style granite slab of solidified distortion and hammer-blow drumming--to the bleak nihilism of "Voidhead"--"Why am I such a void?" ponders frontman Justin Broadrick, over and over and over--this is clearly a heavy metal relic in its most hoary, gnarled form. Fortunately, however, Godflesh possess an aptitude for crafting approachable tunes from such industrial-strength material: the glorious likes of "Anthem" and "White Flag" possess a truly epic, stadium-sized sweep, but never feel the need to sand down those rough edges. --Louis Pattison

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By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 15 July 2016
Format: Audio CD
Having slightly lost their way exploring trip hop/dance beats, Godflesh's final album before they split is very much a 'back to basics' album - there is a human drummer in place of the drum machines and samples, but ironically this album sounds much closer to the band's classic earlier material than anything they'd done in years. The heaviness and the aggression that was lacking has returned. The production is possibly the best the band have ever had, with the guitars sounding crushing, and ample sonic space to really focus on the riffs. Perhaps one could accuse the band of going over too-familiar territory, and overall the album might not quite equal the likes of 'Streetcleaner' and 'Pure', but this is still very much a late return to form - and a good album for the band's initial run to bow out on: a reminder of what made this band essential listening in the first place.
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Format: Audio CD
In many ways the new Godflesh album "Hymns" is a return to basics. Instead of the multiple samples and loops its predecessor "Us and Them", "Hymns" is basically guitar, bass and drums playing as hard as they possibly can. Although I'm a big fan of their previous drum machine sound, I must say that Ted Parsons does a great job on the skins, complementing the incredibly tight playing of Broadrick and Green. As usual for a GF album, its style varies a lot between slow and introspective to quick and trashy. All in all one never loses the sense of continuity during the record, and I can only hope that this release will see this great and seminal band extend its fan base to accomodate all those who haven't yet seen the light and still doodle in GF's spawn.
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Format: Audio CD
Most die hard Godflesh fans will tell you that `Hymns' is the beginning of Justin's move from industrial to blissful drone in the form of Jesu and, in all probability, they're right. The name for Justin's current main project Jesu was even taken from the last song to this record which is perhaps a sign of how closely related `Hymns' is to the material of Jesu over their entire career when his works for that particular band are meshed together. From the blissful droning sounds of the self-titled full-length, to the soulful and upbeat mid-to-latter-day era material that saw shoegazing become apart of the furniture. `Hymns', although still loosely related to Godflesh's other records, though not especially the earliest releases like the much respected `Streetcleaner', or `Slavestate', is more of a stripped down version of the band and portrayed in a more positive manner because, as far as I am aware, their material was very negative during much of their career. I don't much consider myself a die hard fan of Godflesh because I arrived at the part late and unannounced. I wasn't invited and just happened to stumble across this industrial based act when looking back over the long and illustrious career of the main man himself, Justin Broadrick. Although I probably wouldn't consider `Hymns' an essential record to all, it certainly features in my list of Broadrick's most impressive records over his entire career.

As always, I started with Godflesh's most recent records, including the likes of both `Songs of Love And Hate' and `Us And Them', though more so the former than the latter. In fact, for a number of months I was addicted to the original version of `Songs of Love And Hate' and the in dub version which was released as an EP a year after the original.
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I prefer Godflesh with drum machines and harsher production but this still a really good album. The second cd with demos and such is great if you're a bit of a nerd.
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