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Godflesh - Streetcleaner (9,5/10) - Great Britain - 1989

Genre: Industrial Metal
Label: Earache
Playing time: 52:24
Band homepage: Godflesh


  1. Like Rats
  2. Christbait Rising
  3. Pulp
  4. Dream Long Dead
  5. Head Dirt
  6. Devastator
  7. Mighty Trust Krusher
  8. Life Is Easy
  9. Streetcleaner
  10. Locust Furnace
Godflesh - Streetcleaner

"Don't hold me back, this is my own hell..."

Massive. Unrelenting. Monolithic. The machine of GODFLESH rolls onward, crushing all who dare to stand in its path. The project of former NAPALM DEATH guitarist and FALL OF BECAUSE mastermind Justin Broadrick, GODFLESH unleashed a vitriolic monster of a debut album.

"You breed. Like rats."

The music here is overtly, and perhaps intentionally, mechanical. The drum machine sounds obviously inhuman, as if no effort at all were to cover up the fact it was used. This works in favor of the album, as the atmosphere would've been adversely effected. Bass acts as a rythmnic counterpoint to the guitars and especially the drums ("Pulp" being a fine example). Guitars sometimes play riffs ("Like Rats"), or provide ambience ("Dream Long Dead"), and sometimes both (the title track). Similar to DISCHARGE's masterpiece "Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing", lyrics are relegated to simple phrases and mantras, repeated in a style that is not unlike propaghanda films. Broadrick's angry, frustrated shouting commands attention, sounding even more otherworldy when distortion and other processed effects are added to the vocals.

"Hell, is where I lie"

When listening to this album, I imagine a gargantuan factory. I envision the dank, dirty, grimy interior containing assembly lines where the next of the machines is assembled. The factory moves through the landscape, annihilating where there once was life. This is the sound of civilization's decay and descent into nothingness. This is not just an album; it is a firey expression of nihilistic emotion and harsh criticism of modern society. Be sure to pick up the reissue with four bonus tracks from a previously unreleased EP, like the good machine that you are.


(Online June 1, 2010)

Christopher Karlas

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