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Deadtide.com : Reviews : Albums : Godflesh, "Godflesh"

Reviews : Albums : Godflesh, "Godflesh"

Godflesh, "Godflesh"

Right now you are reading a review of the first Godflesh album, it also happens to be the first industrial metal album I ever heard, so this is more of a fond recollection than a review. The first time I heard this was after a friend, who I later found out just wanted me to hear them, recommeneded this to me after my introduction to Napalm Death, which was also my introduction to this lovely little underground thing we have going here. Needless to say the first thing I noticed was that it had fuck all to do with Napalm Death, however it did kick my head in, just in a different way. This wasn't fast like I expected, rather it was torturously slow and noisy. The vocals on here are usually droned quite a bit, though there is a bit of shouting on this, but not having the best shouting voice, this was cleverly minimized. I also noticed, that with the aid of a drum machine, they possessed a rather strict if not outright fascistic rhythm section. This is good as it kept the wandering of Broadrick's guitar noise from tearing the songs apart. It is this tension that made Godflesh what they were, namely the premeire industrial metal noise gods that they would become, their coronation coming with their next album Streetcleaner. I also have to mention the fourth song, Spinebender as it was my personal introduction to Godflesh, needless to say I haven't been the same since I heard this song over a decade ago, I've been better. This is a song that still gets me jumping up on top of things and crashing back down with thunderous force upon whatever I land on. The bass on here just pummels you consistently, distorted beyond all recognition and pushed way up in the mix. This album is mostly dirge style stuff, with the only up-tempo song being "Veins." The only real problem I have is the thirteen minutes of "Wounds," the trilogy Godflesh did that never really went anywhere. I also enjoy the 8:41 noisefest that is Streetcleaner 2, offering a wholly different take on the song, as opposed to a simple remix.

Standout Tracks

   Spinebender
   Avalanche Master Song
   Veins
   Ice Nerveshatter

K.Huckins