Hymns (Godflesh album)

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Hymns
Hymns (Godflesh).jpg
Studio album by Godflesh
Released 23 October 2001 (2001-10-23)
Recorded June 2001
Genre Industrial metal, post-metal, doom metal
Length 74:00
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 23 October 2001, on Music for Nations and was their final album before breaking up in 2002.

The album marks the debut of drummer Ted Parsons, and is the second Godflesh album (after Songs of Love and Hate) 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 10 April 2002.

Release[edit]

Hymns was released on 23 October 2001, on Music for Nations. A remastered version of Hymns containing bonus tracks was released on 19 February 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" 6:07
2. "Deaf, Dumb & Blind" 4:26
3. "Paralyzed" 5:10
4. "Anthem" 5:27
5. "Voidhead" 4:43
6. "Tyrant" 4:07
7. "White Flag" 6:27
8. "For Life" 5:13
9. "Animals" 3:54
10. "Vampires" 6:30
11. "Antihuman" 4:25
12. "Regal" 4:40
13. "Jesu" ("Jesu" ends at 6:03 and is followed by silence before an untitled hidden track begins at 7:03) 12:51
Total length: 74:00

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Hymns adapted from 2013 reissue liner notes:[6]

Accolades[edit]

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
2001 Terrorizer United Kingdom "Albums of the Year" 13 [7]
2001 Rock Sound United Kingdom "Albums of the Year" 32 [8]

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. Archived from the original on 23 February 2008. 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. ^ Track listing and credits as per liner notes for 2013 reissue of Hymns album
  7. ^ "Terrorizer - Albums of the Year". Terrorizer. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  8. ^ "Rock Sound - Albums of the Year". Rock Sound. Retrieved 2008-04-16.