In All Languages (Godflesh album)

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In All Languages
In All Languages cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released24 July 2001
Recorded1988–1999
Genre Industrial metal
Length153:05
Label Earache
Producer Justin Broadrick
G. C. Green
Godflesh
Godflesh chronology
Us and Them
(1999)
In All Languages
(2001)
Hymns
(2001)

In All Languages is a compilation album by British industrial metal band Godflesh, released on 24 July 2001 through Earache Records. It is a double album, and a companion music video DVD was also released in 2001. In All Languages' first disc acts as a greatest hits collection spanning from Godflesh's 1988 self-titled EP to their 1999 studio album, Us and Them . The second disc compiles rare and unreleased tracks.

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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

Background and content

In All Languages was released on 24 July 2001, [1] thirteen years after the formation of Godflesh. Godflesh would disband one year later, only to reform in 2010. [2]

The first disc of the album primarily features tracks from previous albums ("Like Rats", "Xnoybis", "Frail", "The Internal"), although songs from the group's EPs do hold a presence, such as "Avalanche Master Song" and "Slateman". Disc two is a collection of more obscure songs, featuring B-sides, extended mixes, and two tracks from the band's BBC session. [1] Two songs from the never-released Us and Them in Dub remix album also appear on the second disc. [3] The day of the release of In All Languages, a music video DVD of the same name was also released. It features videos for "Crush My Soul", "Mothra", "Slavestate", "Christbait Rising" and "Avalanche Master Song". [4]

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In a 2009 retrospective interview, Godflesh frontman Justin Broadrick proved dissatisfied with In All Languages, saying, "[it] didn’t succeed too well. I was still learning about self-mastering at that time. I wouldn’t say I was satisfied at all with the results a short time after and since." [5]

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.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Eduardo Rivadavia from AllMusic called In All Languages a "near-perfect career synthesis". He praised the inclusion of the tracks of the second disc which, according to him, "become especially relevant for a full appreciation of the band" and are "[a] great place to start discovering Godflesh". His only regret was the fact that it couldn't feature songs from the band's then-forthcoming record, Hymns (2001). [1]

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<i>Hymns</i> (Godflesh album) 2001 studio album by Godflesh

Hymns is the sixth studio album by English industrial metal band Godflesh. It was released on 23 October 2001 through Music for Nations and was the band's final album before breaking up in 2002. In 2010, Godflesh reformed and in 2014 released their comeback album A World Lit Only by Fire. Hymns had a troubled production and was intended to be distinct departure from Godflesh's intensely regimented industrial sound to something more traditionally hard rock. It was the band's second and final album to feature a live drummer rather than a drum machine.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Justin Broadrick and G.C. Green.

Disc one: Flesh of God
No.TitleSourceLength
1."Avalanche Master Song" Godflesh , 19885:14
2."Like Rats" Streetcleaner , 19894:13
3."Streetcleaner"Streetcleaner, 19896:05
4."Slateman" Slateman , 19915:59
5."Slavestate" Slavestate , 19913:58
6."Mothra" Pure , 19924:33
7."Spite"Pure, 19924:32
8."Pure"Pure, 19925:04
9."Xnoybis" Selfless , 19945:18
10."Crush My Soul"Selfless, 19944:28
11."Anything Is Mine"Selfless, 19944:01
12."Circle of Shit" Songs of Love and Hate , 19964:55
13."Frail"Songs of Love and Hate, 19965:27
14."I, Me, Mine" Us and Them , 19995:16
15."The Internal"Us and Them, 19995:50
Total length:74:53
Disc two: Beyond the Flesh
No.TitleSourceLength
1."Love Is a Dog from Hell"Pathological Compilation, 1989 [6] 8:16
2."Crush My Soul" (Ultramixedit) Crush My Soul , 19958:10
3."Flowers" Merciless , 19947:37
4."Tiny Tears" (BBC Session) Peel Session, 19893:10
5."Pulp" (BBC Session) Peel Session, 19896:10
6."Newspite"Corporate Rock Wars, 1994 [7] 4:27
7."Empyreal 2"Rareache, 1995 [8] 5:15
8."Blind" Merciless , 19947:18
9."Slavestate" (Radio Slave) Slavestate , 19914:58
10."Gift from Heaven" (Breakbeat) Love and Hate in Dub , 19975:57
11."Xnoybis" (Clubdubedit) Xnoybis , 19946:19
12."Witchhunt" (Tyrant Remix)Us and Them in Dub, unreleased5:12
13."Us and Them" (Defensive Remix)Us and Them in Dub, unreleased5:23
Total length:78:12

DVD

In All Languages
In All Languages (2001) DVD cover.jpg
Video by
Released2001
Recorded1988–1994
Genre Industrial metal
Length24:48
Label Earache
Director Various

Alongside the CD, In All Languages was accompanied with a separate DVD release featuring the same artwork. The DVD version is composed of the band's five music videos, most of which were not previously available to the public. [9] Inside the DVD is a user manual explaining the band's direct involvement with and approval of all the videos.

Music videos

Unlike the other videos featured on In All Languages, "Avalanche Master Song" was created by three fans: Jack Sargent, Julian Weaver, and Stephanie Watson. After following the band Head of David, Sargent, Weaver and Watson decided pursue the drummer's, Broadrick's, career and film various shows of his new project, Godflesh. [9] The video comprises these bootleg recordings interspersed with heavily distorted shots of industrial machinery. The live footage is the earliest known of Godflesh performing, as it was taken from their first public show in Brixton, London. [9]

The music video for "Christbait Rising" is a compilation of live recordings from the band's 1989 tour opening for Loop. [10] The music being performed does not match up with the track itself. The audio fades out, cutting away a minute and a half of the song.

Robert Garfield directed the music video for "Slavestate" in Hyde Park, London [9] . Released in 1991, the video is abstract and features a number of distorted shots of Broadrick and previous Godflesh album covers.

Barry Maguire directed the music video for "Mothra" in 1992. [9] It combines shots of the band performing in a rundown disco with strange images of animals and suited men.

Godflesh's most noteworthy video is for their song "Crush My Soul." It was directed by Andres Serrano and garnered some controversy for its portrayal of violence and religious imagery.

Track listing

No.TitleDirectorLength
1."Crush My Soul" Andres Serrano 5:01
2."Mothra"Barry Maguire4:47
3."Slavestate"Howard Garfield4:06
4."Christbait Rising"Godflesh5:27
5."Avalanche Master Song"Jack Sargent, Julian Weaver, Stephanie Watson5:27
Total length:24:48

Personnel

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