GODFLESH (1988–2002). Justin Broadrick (vocals/guitar), J.C. Green (bass), Machines (drums, replaced by Bryan Mantia, Ted Parsons).
Godflesh were an English band that combined grindcore with industrial music and beats. They were influenced by unacknowledged key grindcore influence the Swans (as well as Enisterzende Neubaten). The band started in Birmingham, England, in 1988, and distinguished themselves from the other bands playing in the grindcore and death metal scenes by using a drum machine instead of a regular drummer, leading to a fast, clock-like industrial beat, reminiscent of vintage Ministry. The early releases are key slabs of industrial metal, but the Columbia years saw the band start to use actual humans on drums, leading to a loss of the factorylike mechanical beats that had been their staple. In 2001, Green quit the band, and although Paul Raven of Ministry was announced as a replacement, the band did not tour and soon had broken up for good. Along with Napalm Death (Broadrick was an early member), Godflesh are one of the key bands from the grindcore/ death metal scene to set standards for other bands to follow. Broadrick now plays in the ambient electronic drone band Jesu.
Discography: Godflesh (UK Swordfish, 1988; UK Earache, 1990; Earache, 1995); Streetcleaner (UK Earache, 1989; Earache/Combat, 1990; Earache, 1999); Slavestate (Earache/Relativity, 1991, Earache, 1995); Pure (Earache/Relativity, 1992); Merciless [EP] (Earache/Columbia, 1994); Selfless (Earache/Columbia, 1994); Songs of Love and Hate (Earache, 1996); Love and Hate in Dub (Earache, 1997); Us and Them (Earache, 1999); Hynms (Koch International, 2001); Messiah (Relapse, 2003).