Godflesh (EP)

Godflesh
A black-and-white still image of a man's face from the 1966 film Seconds
EP by
Released1988
RecordedJune–July 1988
StudioSoundcheck in Birmingham, England
GenreIndustrial metal
Length30:48 (original release)
52:36 (reissues)
LabelSwordfish
Producer
Godflesh chronology
Godflesh
(1988)
Streetcleaner
(1989)

Godflesh is the debut extended play (EP) by English industrial metal band Godflesh. It was originally released in 1988 through Swordfish Records and later saw several reissues on Earache Records with two additional songs. An unexpected underground success, the eponymous EP made it onto the UK Indie Chart and peaked at position 20. Though not supported by any singles or music videos at the time, a fan-made video for "Avalanche Master Song" has since been made official by the band.

Godflesh was recorded and produced over two months in Birmingham by frontman Justin Broadrick and bassist G. C. Green, both of who had played together in an early version of the band known as Fall of Because. Despite often being overshadowed by the critical success of Godflesh's first full-length studio album, 1989's Streetcleaner, the EP was one of the first industrial metal releases and helped define the genre's sound with programmed drum beats, heavy metal guitar and unusual emphasis on bass. Its and the band's title strive to reconcile the potentially deep and meaningful impact music has on people with its harsher, more physical side.

Background

Fall of Because, the band that would eventually become Godflesh,[1] temporarily dissolved in 1987 when Justin Broadrick left to drum for the English experimental group Head of David.[2][3] After only six weeks with that band, Broadrick was fired for being, according to him, "too noisy" of a drummer.[4] In April 1988, he and Fall of Because bassist G. C. Green reformed their project under the name Godflesh and set to work on a self-titled EP,[5][6] which would be recorded in June and July of the same year at a studio in Birmingham; Broadrick and Green undertook production duties themselves.[7] Crucially, it was in this reunion that Broadrick shifted from acoustic drums to vocals and guitar and that the percussion was instead programmed on an Alesis HR-16 drum machine.[8][9] The decision to employ stiff, mechanical beats rather than a traditional human drummer would prove pivotal for Godflesh and industrial metal at large.[9] About the title of the EP and of the band at large, Broadrick said, "I heard someone once say that music is the voice of God. The word 'God' conjures something immense and inconceivable. The 'flesh' part is what effects you on a physical level. Our music is loud and destructive."[10]

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