Hymns (Godflesh album)

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Hymns
Studio album by Godflesh
Released October 23, 2001 (2001-10-23)
Recorded 2001
Genre Industrial metal
Length 73:30
Label Music for Nations/Koch
Producer J. K. Broadrick, G. C. Green
Godflesh chronology
In All Languages
(2001)
Hymns
(2001)
Messiah
(2003)

Hymns is Godflesh's sixth studio album. It was released on October 23, 2001, on Music for Nations and is their final album to date.

The album marks the debut of drummer Ted Parsons, and is the first Godflesh album with a drummer recorded live in the studio.[1] It was also the band's first album to be recorded in a professional studio.[1] Parsons later revealed that the band recorded in a professional studio due to label pressure, and described the decision as "a mistake".[2] The final song on the album, "Jesu", became the name of Broadrick's next project after he dissolved Godflesh on April 10, 2002.

Release[edit]

Hymns was released on October 23, 2001, on Music for Nations. A remastered version of Hymns containing bonus tracks was released on February 19, 2013. Included among the bonus tracks is the non-album track "If I Could Only Be What You Want", which was recorded during the Hymns session and previously available on the Loud Music for Loud People compilation.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]

Justin Broadrick stated that Hymns was a reaction to the previous album, Us and Them, which he "absolutely fucking hated" because he "lost sight of what Godflesh should be".[1] In contrast, Broadrick described Hymns as "a new beginning" that was intended to counter the "watered down" rock associated with the then-popular nu-metal genre.[1] Iain Currie with Bring the Noise described Hymns as "brilliant", and contextualized the album as "a reminder of how bands of real calibre reacted to that nonsensical period...when nu-metal was picking up its destructive and soul destroying pace".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Defeated"   6:05
2. "Deaf, Dumb and Blind"   4:24
3. "Paralyzed"   5:08
4. "Anthem"   5:24
5. "Voidhead"   4:41
6. "Tyrant"   4:05
7. "White Flag"   6:25
8. "For Life"   5:10
9. "Animals"   3:52
10. "Vampires"   6:28
11. "Antihuman"   4:23
12. "Regal"   4:37
13. "Jesu" ("Jesu" ends at 6:00 and is followed by silence before an untitled hidden track begins at 7:03) 12:48
2013 reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
14. "Voidhead" (demo 2012 mix)  
15. "Vampires" (demo 2012 mix)  
16. "Deaf, Dumb & Blind" (demo 2012 remastered)  
17. "Anthem" (demo 2012 remastered)  
18. "Paralyzed" (demo 2012 remastered)  
19. "For Life" (demo 2012 remastered)  
20. "If I Could Only Be What You Want" (2012 remastered)  

Personnel[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
2001 Terrorizer United Kingdom "Albums of the Year" 13 [6]
2001 Rock Sound United Kingdom "Albums of the Year" 32 [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bromley, Adrian (14 January 2002). "Hymns of Progression". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Bartkewicz, Anthony (March 2007). "Justin Broadrick". Decibel Magazine. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Adams, Gregory (11 December 2012). "Godflesh Reveal Deluxe Reissue of Hymns". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Harper, Jim. "Godflesh Hymns". Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Currie, Iain (1 February 2013). "Godflesh – Hymns (Reissue)". Bring the Noise. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Terrorizer - Albums of the Year". Terrorizer. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  7. ^ "Rock Sound - Albums of the Year". Rock Sound. Retrieved 2008-04-16.