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When Birmingham based duo Godflesh began creating their stark, hypnotic musical blueprint in the late 80’s, they were heralded as true innovators - crushing heaviness forged with such bleak soundscapes that it left listeners uneasy, wondering how music could be so unforgiving and enjoyable at the same time. Godflesh created a new scene which the press termed Industrial, with such ... Read more in Amazon's Godflesh Store

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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B007ZU6GT2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Defeated
2. Deaf, Dumb & Blind
3. Paralyzed
4. Anthem
5. Voidhead
6. Tyrant
7. White Flag
8. For Life
9. Animals
10. Vampires
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Disc: 2
1. Voidhead (Demo 2012 Mix)
2. Vampires (Demo 2012 Mix)
3. Deaf, Dumb & Blind (Demo 2012 Remaster)
4. Anthem (Demo 2012 Remaster)
5. Paralyzed (Demo 2012 Remaster)
6. For Life (Demo 2012 Remaster)
7. If I Could Only Be What You Want (2012 Remaster)

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Deluxe 2CD 2012 Remaster Special Edition produced by Justin Broadrick, in 6 panel eco-friendly softpak, expanded artwork in 16 page booklet with never before seen photos and images, lyrics, and new liner notes by Justin!

Customer Reviews

To me, Hymns sounds like the human finally defeating the machine.
Craig Allen Moore
Next up, the nice, acoustic intro of "Anthem" seamlessly melds in with an ugly, low, grumbling guitar and bass groove.
A. Stutheit
Their music has been described as oppressive and nihilistic- and it is indeed that.
Jon Wolford

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Craig Allen Moore on May 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Listening to this record as a posthumous statement, one has to be pleased with the way it all turned out for Godflesh. For this one, Justin unplugs the drum machine and enlists one of the only true peers he has in the "genre" that he almost single-handedly created. So here we have JK and GC along with Ted Parsons, formerly of Prong on the drums, and I can think of no other skinsman for the job. Ted's experience with his previous band provides the perfect style for Godflesh, and although Brain did his part, he falls way short of what Ted brings to this record. This is Godflesh's most organic release in terms of sound, and all the time that Justin has spent noodling around in various studios for various projects has paid off in spades. Crystal clear is the way I would describe the mix on Hymns. The guitar tone is amazing, not giving away an ounce of the destructive heaviness that has always been a trademark for this great band. The songwriting is simpler, focused more on a memorable groove(not unlike their earlier efforts) than freaked-out drum tracks and modulated samples. Apparently Justin had had enough of that, and wanted to get back to the basics of heavy music without sacrificing the post-modern, post-apocalyptic feel every Godflesh album demonstrates. To me, Hymns sounds like the human finally defeating the machine. For nearly fifteen years, the music Justin has written has sounded like the product of someone enslaved to cyborgs, and now with Hymns, he has been emancipated. There is a dichotomy of serously oppressive songs and clearly triumphant ones on this record that harkens back to "Songs of Love and Hate" a bit, but if you've been a fan, you know that no two albums end up very much alike.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
After being a GF fan for a decade now their 7th installment
Hymns proves itself to me to be one of their best besides of
course STREETCLEANER. To me it's got the qualities I like from
previous lps. Although less experimental than the previous
journey US & Them- it makes up for with heaviness. Also this
is their 2nd release with a live drummer this time TED PARSONS
(of Prong/and SWans)- TEd does a fantastic job and at times sounds mechanical. "For Life" is a good example of that. Justin, GC, Ted still do some experimenting like the final track "Jesu"-
which has a hypnotic bass track over heavy guitar with pychedelic overtones. The track "Anthem" will get stuck in your head for days. Also another good track is "White Flag" which sounds like a Swans song to me. Very slow crawly tempo with some
delay ridden vocals. This is everything I like in GF record- it's angry,brutal,hypnotic,heavy,psychedelic,pounding but don't take my word for it- seems like people that reviewed this agree.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on August 20, 2005
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Whatever else you may think of them, it's hard not to give Godflesh credit for one thing: even more than a decade into their career, they managed to steer clear of any of the trendy directions they could've pursed in 2002. Hymns, their final release, is a resolutely metal album from start to finish, even largely doing away with the hip-hop and industrial elements that characterized some of their previous work. What you get instead here is stripped-down aggression that may not have marked a huge progression for the band, but did manage to pack a few surprises at points (more on that later). No, Hymns isn't as downright evil and scary as Streecleaner, and it's not a genre-bending masterpiece like Pure, but it is a highly listenable slab of heaviness that managed to close out Godflesh's career on a high note.

If you're in the mood for some headbanging, you came to the right place, as Hymns packs some of the most thunderous grooves in Godflesh's career. Ironically enough, Hymns often ends up bringing to mind the early work of Fear Factory, whose roots in Mr. Broadrick's work have always been obvious (the Fear Factory classic Demanufacture even includes a cover of an old song by Head of David, fronted by Justin himself). Several tracks on here, most notably the first three, are vintage 'Flesh, propelled by Justin's unmistakable in-your-face growl and angry lyrics. It's clear that riffage is the name of the game here, as the album's heavier material packs plenty of the proverbial punches to the gut. And there's even a human drummer this time around in the form of Ted Parsons, whose aggressive pounding (which makes up in enthusiasm for what it lacks in polish) brings a refreshingly organic element to the proceedings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Swans7 on May 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Gosh...boy o boy. Just buy this and play it really loud. You will begin to see things you havent seen before. You will become stronger and more handsome. Well I did anyway. Honestly I didnt know what direction Godflesh were going after the breakbeat riddled Us and Them but I wasnt expecting this greatness. Teddy Parsons absolutely abuses those poor poor skins like nobodys business and the bass rumbles and chugs along and hot damn Justin is just plain good. Its a pity he called it quits before coming to the states but there doesnt appear to be anything I can do about it. The outfit was beginning to look a bit to much like Prong anyway. Maybe Tommy Victor can get back together with his old mates now. Anyway, if you havent heard the Flesh well you should. ...
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