Cold World (EP)

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Cold World
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EP by
ReleasedOctober 1991
RecordedSeptember–October 1991
Studio Avalanche Studios
Genre Industrial metal
Length22:38
Label
Producer
Godflesh chronology
Slavestate
(1991)
Cold World
(1991)
Pure
(1992)
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Cold World is the third EP by industrial metal band Godflesh, released in October 1991 through Relativity Records. It was recorded and mixed during September 1991 as part of the Pure (1992) sessions. [1]

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Industrial metal is the fusion of heavy metal music and industrial music, typically employing repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals. Prominent industrial metal acts include Ministry, Godflesh, KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails.

Godflesh English industrial metal band

Godflesh are an English industrial metal band from Birmingham, England. The group formed in 1982 under the title Fall of Because but did not release any complete music until 1988 when Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green (bass) renamed the band and decided to use a drum machine for percussion. Melding heavy metal with industrial music and later with electronic music and dub, Godflesh's innovative sound is widely regarded as a foundational influence on other industrial metal and post-metal acts and as significant to both experimental metal and extreme metal.

Contents

The original EP was discontinued, but, in 1996, it was reissued along with the "Slateman" single on one disc through Earache as the compilation Slateman/Cold World. Later, in August 2009, this was reissued as part of a triple-CD package which also included the EP Slavestate (1991) and the band's second album, Pure . [2]

Slateman 1991 single by Godflesh

"Slateman" is a song by industrial metal band Godflesh. It was released as a 7-inch single in 1991 through Sub Pop and later reissued on Earache Records as a CD, a 7-inch and a 12-inch. In 1996, the single was repackaged alongside Cold World (1991) on one disc by Earache Records as the compilation Slateman/Cold World. Both "Slateman" and its b-side, "Wound '91", were appended to the end of most issues of Godflesh's 1991 EP Slavestate.

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<i>Slavestate</i> 1991 EP by Godflesh

Slavestate is an EP by industrial metal band Godflesh. It was released in July 1991 through Earache Records. The EP saw the band experimenting with more samples and electronic sounds than their predominantly industrial metal prior releases.

Critical reception

Cold World received lukewarm reviews. Writing for AllMusic, Ned Raggett considered the EP a largely unremarkable continuation of the band's previous EP, Slavestate . [1] He said the EP's title track would have benefited from being included on Pure . [1] Noel Gardner of The Quietus called Cold World a "curio", saying, "Rhythms are brought to the fore, vocals scaled back and jumbled among the overt volley of FX abuse; it sounds great but, again, the feeling is of a band trying their hand at something that wasn't really them." [3]

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<i>Pure</i> (Godflesh album) 1992 studio album by Godflesh

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The Quietus is a British online music and pop culture magazine founded by John Doran and Luke Turner. The site is an editorially independent publication led by Doran with a group of freelance journalists and critics.

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Cold World"5:28
2."Nihil"5:55
3."Nihil" (Total Belief mix)5:37
4."Nihil" (No Belief mix)5:36
Total length:22:38

Personnel

Credits adapted from liners note. [4]

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric or an acoustic guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and typically four to six strings or courses.

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Justin Broadrick Record producer, musician, singer

Justin Karl Michael Broadrick is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer. He is best known as a founding member of the band Godflesh, one of the first bands to combine elements of extreme metal and industrial music. He was briefly in the English grindcore band Napalm Death when he was a teenager in the mid-1980s, writing and recording guitar for Side One of Napalm Death's debut album, Scum. Broadrick has also maintained a parallel career as a producer, producing records and remixes for groups such as Pantera, Isis, Mogwai and Hydra Head labelmates Pelican. Since 2012, he has been releasing hard techno music under the solo moniker JK Flesh. Broadrick has set up record labels such as HeadDirt, Avalanche Recordings, Post Mortem Productions, Lo Fibre and Heartache.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Raggett, Ned. "Cold World – Godflesh". AllMusic . Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  2. "Cold World". godflesh.com. Crumbling Flesh. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  3. Gardner, Noel. "Godflesh – Slavestate, Pure, Cold World Reissues". The Quietus . Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  4. Cold World (CD liner notes). Godflesh. Earache Records. 1991. MOSH56CD. Retrieved April 4, 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)