Godflesh (EP)

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EP by Godflesh
Released 1988 (1988)
  • 30:48 (original release)
  • 52:36 (1990 CD reissue)
Label Swordfish
Producer Godflesh
Godflesh chronology

Godflesh is the eponymous first release by the influential[2] industrial metal band Godflesh. It was originally released in 1988 on Swordfish Records, and was later reissued on Earache Records with two additional songs.[3]

AllMusic critic Jason Birchmeier stated that the record features hallmarks of the band's sound: "hard-hitting industrial beats and percussion, massive guitar and bass riffs, a lumbering tempo, distorted vocals, and paranoid-stricken lyrics."[4] Another critic, Martin Walters, thought that the album marked a high point in avant metal, while featuring an "explosive guitar and bass riffing over pounding drum machines and samples that still had roots in the grindcore scene that spawned them."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

AllMusic's Martin Walters wrote: "This album is, of course, essential to Godflesh fans, yet the uninitiated should look to the albums Streetcleaner, Slavestate, or Pure for an introduction.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Avalanche Master Song" 5:14
2. "Veins" 4:30
3. "Godhead" 5:01
4. "Spindebender" 5:07
5. "Weak Flesh" 4:23
6. "Ice Nerveshatter" 6:31
Total length: 30:48
1990 reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
7. "Wounds" 13:06
8. "Streetcleaner 2" 8:41
Total length: 52:36



Chart (1988) Peak
UK Indie Chart[5] 20


  1. ^ a b c d Walters, Martin. "allmusic ((( Godflesh > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ Caramanica, Jon (September 20, 2005). "The alchemy of art-world heavy metal". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on May 31, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  3. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 432. ISBN 1843531054. 
  4. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Justin Broadrick". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Archived from the original on June 8, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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