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Although later albums, such as 'Selfless' and 'Songs of Love and Hate', unfortunately smoothed down these sharp edges for a more streamlined style, largely jettisoning the discordance and harsh samples in favour of more bland, straighforward metal riffage, this is one of the most bleak, corrosive records of the 80's, combining sludgebass riffs, howling feedback, Dark Ambient soundscapes and the omnipresent mechanised beats.
Unlike most so-called Industrial Metal acts, this genuinely connects with the roots of 'Industrial' (bands like Swans and SPK). Fans of MOR, corporate 'alt-rock' bands like NIN or KMFDM (whose lightweight, poppy sound is closer to Bon Jovi than it is to Swans), may find this record too caustic - this is not angst-as-lifestyle-choice/fashion-statement Goth posturing for the PVC set, but genuine, lacerating abjection and nihilism.
Although there were occasional flashes of the old fire on later Godflesh records, Justin Broadrick's best work during the 90's was to be found on side projects like Techno Animal, and particularly Ice, whose 'Bad Blood' album recaptures some of the spirit of this record.
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.
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Their music resembles the end of the world. It's very apocalyptic and intense throughout. The crushing riffs and almost demonic vocals are just perfect and are pinpoint accurate. The new re-mastered version is a great buy and worth a buy, even if you own the original version. I bought this immedatly even after owning the original for years.
Godflesh are one of the most important and interesting bands of all time. JK Broadrick is an artist and a true musician. His music and Godflesh are like nothing I have ever heard before. This album must be owned by a true metal fan.
This album is a 5/5 no question about it.
An insane drum machine, tortured vocals and an overwhelmingly distorted bass guitar plus a selection of samples & ambient, nightmarish sounds.
Lyrics are as nihilistic as they are misanthropic and this is possibly too ugly for fans of the much cleaner NIN or Rammstein. Even Ministry sound produced by Bob Rock, compared to this apocalyptic score from the godfathers of British Industrial music.
It can sound a bit repetitive, but that is one of Industrial music's main
IF you ever invite a girl round and for some reason you need to make excuses, then put this on your CD player - Trust me, it works!
The perfect companion piece to David Lynch's Eraserhead!
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Been meant to buy this for a long time but just haven't got round to it. Saw them live (along with Neurosis @ the Forum in 2012). It is an essential purchase in the genre. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by Chrissie Starkey
Crushing, industrialish, lo-fi doomy awesomeness. I always loved the first couple of tracks but it really took a long time for me to really appreciate the album as a whole. Read morePublished on 23 July 2011 by Gary G
amazing heavy tunes ... as good as seeing them live at planet X in liverpool ..Published on 28 Feb. 2010 by patina fiend
another reviewer here uses the word seminal and i have to agree with that,im reviewing this album in 2007 and of course if one listened to this album on the year of its release i... Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2007 by sean paul mccann
The other reviews describe the music better than I could - as one mentions, this is real "industrial" music, in that the music recreates the dark atmospheres of inner cities and... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2006 by MikeH