F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)

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"F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)"
Song by Slaughter
from the album Strappado
Released1987
RecordedFebruary 9, 1986; Future Sound, Toronto, Canada
Length3:54
Label Diabolic Force, Fringe
Songwriter(s) Dave Hewson, Terry Sadler, Ron Sumners
Producer(s) Brian Tailor

"F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)" is a song by Canadian extreme metal band Slaughter. [1] [2] Written by bandmembers Dave Hewson, Terry Sadler and Ron Sumners and produced by Brian Tailor, the song was included in the band's 1987 debut album, Strappado, released in 1987 via Diabolic Force and Fringe Records.

Extreme metal is a loosely defined umbrella term for a number of related heavy metal music subgenres that have developed since the early 1980s. It has been defined as a "cluster of metal subgenres characterized by sonic, verbal and visual transgression".

Slaughter was a Canadian heavy metal band. They formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1984 playing thrash metal and briefly featured Chuck Schuldiner on guitar in 1986. Originally, they released two demos and two full albums. Slaughter was disbanded from 1989-1995 but returned in 1996 to record a cover of Celtic Frost's "Dethroned Emperor" for a tribute album called In Memory of Celtic Frost. In 2001, they re-released "Strappado" under the Nuclear Blast label.

Contents

The song bears the same title as the band's 2004 live album, Fuck of Death.

Personnel

Slaughter

Electric guitar electrified guitar; fretted stringed instrument with a neck and body that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals

An electric guitar is a guitar that uses one or more pickups to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. The vibration occurs when a guitar player strums, plucks, fingerpicks, slaps or taps the strings. The pickup generally uses electromagnetic induction to create this signal, which being relatively weak is fed into a guitar amplifier before being sent to the speaker(s), which converts it into audible sound.

Bass guitar Electric bass instrument

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

Technical personnel

Record producer individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Audio mixing (recorded music) audio mixing to yield recorded sound

In sound recording and reproduction, audio mixing is the process of combining multitrack recordings into a final mono, stereo or surround sound product. In the process of combining the separate tracks, their relative levels are adjusted and balanced and various processes such as equalization and compression are commonly applied to individual tracks, groups of tracks, and the overall mix. In stereo and surround sound mixing, the placement of the tracks within the stereo field are adjusted and balanced. Audio mixing techniques and approaches vary widely and have a significant influence on the final product.

Godflesh cover

"F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)"
Godflesh - F.O.D. (Fuck of Death).jpg
Single by Godflesh
ReleasedSeptember 3, 2013 (2013-09-03)
Format7" flexi disc
RecordedJuly 2013, Avalanche Studios
Length4:01
Label Decibel Flexi Series
Songwriter(s) Dave Hewson, Terry Sadler, Ron Sumners
Producer(s) Justin Broadrick, Godflesh
Godflesh singles chronology
"Crush My Soul"
(1995)
"F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)"
(2013)
"Ringer"
(2014)
Audio sample

"F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)" was covered by English industrial metal band Godflesh, after its reunion in 2010. It was released as a limited edition flexi disc promotional single on November 3, 2013, as a part of Decibel Magazine 's Flexi Series. The release was the band's first new material in 12 years, since Hymns (2001). [2] [3] [4] [5] The song was also released on SoundCloud for streaming. [6]

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.

Flexi disc gramophone record made of a thin, flexible vinyl sheet

The flexi disc is a phonograph record made of a thin, flexible vinyl sheet with a molded-in spiral stylus groove, and is designed to be playable on a normal phonograph turntable. Flexible records were commercially introduced as the Eva-tone Soundsheet in 1962, and were very popular among children and teenagers and mass-produced by the state publisher in the Soviet government.

Many copies of the flexi disc were accidentally destroyed by the printer during the insertion process. Subsequently, all of the subscribers of the magazine were mailed a new copy of the disc. [7]

Background

On the band's decision to cover the song, Justin Broadrick spoke in a MetalSucks interview:

MetalSucks is a heavy metal music-themed news website. The site features reviews, interviews, information on latest metal releases and blog-like posts from the writers, most notably Vince Neilstein and Axl Rosenberg.

"It's a song both Ben and I have loved for years and years, ever since that album came out. What I loved about Slaughter at the time was their Celtic Frost worship. I loved Celtic Frost, and most who have taken their influence; for example, I also love Obituary! But we always thought 'F.O.D' was SO Godflesh in some weird sort of way. It's brutal and minimal without any showy display." [8]

Critical reception

Gregory Adams of Exclaim! described the cover as "plenty grimy, with detuned six-strings unfurling layer upon layer of ooze onto the arrangement." He also commented, "The drum machine beat crawls along at an unnatural pace, up until the double kick comes in, while gargled vocals figure prominently throughout as well." [9] Kez Whelan of Terrorizer also described it as a "crushing cover", while stating that the song was "performed here in that trademark Godflesh style, complete with merciless drum machine pounding, G.C. Green's churning bass lines and Justin Broadrick's unbelivably [ sic ] heavy guitar tone." [2]

Track listing

Side A

  1. "F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)" – 4:01

Personnel

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