God (British band)

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OriginLondon, United Kingdom
GenresIndustrial metal, free jazz, experimental
Years active1987–1996
LabelsBig Cat, Virgin
Associated actsGodflesh, Henry Cow, Jesu, Laika, Napalm Death, 16-17, Oxbow
Past membersSteve Blake
Justin Broadrick
Lou Ciccotelli
Dave Cochrane
John Edwards
Tim Hodgkinson
Gary Jeff
Scott Kiehl
Kevin Martin
Shaun Rogan
Russell Smith
Simon Picard
Niko Wenner

God were a British industrial ensemble formed/named in London by Kevin Martin.[1] Founded by Kevin Martin and Nigel Armstrong in 1987, having previously worked together as the Fire Next Time in Weymouth Dorset. The band's first official release was 'Sounds Like Thunder' in 1988, for a Mark E. Smith(The Fall) curated 'Disparate Cognescenti' compilation. The band expanded to include nine members and released two studio albums before disbanding in 1996. The group's abrasive marriage of ambient, dub, free jazz and noise rock music garnered respect from their peers such as Bill Laswell, Ministry, My Bloody Valentine, J. G. Thirlwell and John Zorn.[2]


GOD originally consisted of Kevin Martin on tenor saxophone and vocals and Nigel Armstrong on guitar.[3] The pairing came together after the pair, along with Andy Rendall(Admass) relocated from Weymouth to London, and Fall front-man Mark E. Smith asked Martin if he wanted to contribute to Smith's 1988 Disparate Cognescenti compilation.[4] In Autumn of 1988, Martin met Justin Broadrick, whose project Godflesh he had heard on John Peel's Radio 1 show.[5] Broadrick began working with Martin and served as a producer for God's early releases before joining as a member.


Studio albums
Live albums
Singles and EPs


  1. ^ Aswad, Jem (2007). "God". Trouser Press. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Gladstone, Eric (February 1995). "God: Less Popular Than the Beatles" (18). CMJ: 6. Retrieved May 25, 2013. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "God". Allmusic. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  4. ^ admin (November 3, 2009). "God – Biography + Discography + Videos". I Heart Noise. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  5. ^ Kinski, Klaus (September 21, 2009). "An Interview with Justin K. Broadrick". brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved May 25, 2013.

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