God (British band)

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God
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Industrial metal, free jazz, experimental
Years active1987–1996
Labels Big Cat, Virgin
Associated acts Godflesh, Henry Cow, Jesu, Laika, Napalm Death, 16-17, Oxbow
Past membersSteve Blake
Justin Broadrick
Lou Ciccotelli
Dave Cochrane
John Edwards
Tim Hodgkinson
Gary Jeff
Scott Kiehl
Kevin Martin
Shaun Rogan
Russell Smith
Simon Picard
Niko Wenner

God were a British industrial ensemble formed/named in London by Kevin Martin. [1] Founded by Kevin Martin and Nigel Armstrong in 1987, having previously worked together as the Fire Next Time in Weymouth Dorset. The band's first official release was 'Sounds Like Thunder' in 1988, for a Mark E. Smith(The Fall) curated 'Disparate Cognescenti' compilation. The band expanded to include nine members and released two studio albums before disbanding in 1996. The group's abrasive marriage of ambient, dub, free jazz and noise rock music garnered respect from their peers such as Bill Laswell, Ministry, My Bloody Valentine, J. G. Thirlwell and John Zorn. [2]

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History

GOD originally consisted of Kevin Martin on tenor saxophone and vocals and Nigel Armstrong on guitar. [3] The pairing came together after the pair, along with Andy Rendall(Admass) relocated from Weymouth to London, and Fall front-man Mark E. Smith asked Martin if he wanted to contribute to Smith's 1988 Disparate Cognescenti compilation. [4] In Autumn of 1988, Martin met Justin Broadrick, whose project Godflesh he had heard on John Peel's Radio 1 show. [5] Broadrick began working with Martin and served as a producer for God's early releases before joining as a member.

The Fall (band) English post-punk band

The Fall were an English post-punk band, formed in 1976 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. They underwent many line-up changes, with vocalist and founder Mark E. Smith as the only constant member. The Fall's long-term musicians included drummers Paul Hanley and Karl Burns; guitarists Marc Riley, Craig Scanlon and Brix Smith; and bassist Steve Hanley, whose melodic, circular bass lines are widely credited with shaping the band's sound from early 1980s albums such as Hex Enduction Hour to the late 1990s.

Mark E. Smith English singer, songwriter and musician

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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.

Discography

Studio albums
Virgin Records UK record company

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<i>The Anatomy of Addiction</i> 1994 studio album by God

The Anatomy of Addiction is the second and final studio album by the experimental rock band God, released on 5 May 1994 by Big Cat Records.

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Live albums
Singles and EPs

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<i>Appeal to Human Greed</i> 1995 remix album by GOD

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Jesu (band) British post-metal band

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<i>Streetcleaner</i> 1989 studio album by Godflesh

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<i>Nothing Is Free</i> 2015 EP by JK Flesh

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<i>Life Is Easy</i> 1999 studio album by Fall of Because

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