Life Is Easy

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Life Is Easy
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Studio album by
Released14 August 1999
RecordedAugust 1986 – January 1987
StudioRB Studios in Birmingham, England and live at various venues in Birmingham
Genre
Length73:34
Label
Producer Fall of Because
Fall of Because chronology
Extirpate
(1986)
Life Is Easy
(1999)

Life Is Easy is a compilation album by Birmingham-based industrial metal group Fall of Because, compiling songs recorded in 1986 and 1987 before the band became Godflesh. [1] Released on 24 August 1999 through Alleysweeper and distributed by Martin Atkins' label Invisible Records, Life Is Easy contains many songs that went on to be rerecorded and turned into Godflesh tracks. [2]

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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

Following the recording of a demo called Extirpate in 1986, Fall of Because disbanded and reformed in 1988 as Godflesh. [3] Life Is Easy incorporates many of those early demo tracks, which were recorded when Justin Broadrick was only sixteen. Dimitri Nasrallah of Exclaim! called Fall of Because's output "eerily ahead of its time". [4]

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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Released eleven years after Fall of Because turned into Godflesh, Life Is Easy was recorded partially in studio and partially live. [5] The first eight tracks were recorded and mixed at Rich Bitch studios in Birmingham, England in November 1986. Tracks 9, 10, and 11 were recorded live, with the latter two comprising complete Fall of Because shows. [6]

The songs "Devastator" and "Life Is Easy" were rerecorded in 1989 and used in Godflesh's debut studio album, Streetcleaner . [1] "Merciless" was rerecorded in 1994 and became the title track of a Godflesh EP. A segment of the show titled "Xmas Special" appeared as the intro of the Godflesh song "Love, Hate (Slugbaiting)" from their 1992 album Pure . [7] [6] Since Broadrick acted as a physical drummer in Fall of Because, there is notable difference between those early demos and the final Godflesh songs, which employ programmed drum machines and slower, more grinding tempos.

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

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Drum machine electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums or other percussion instruments

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Track listing

All songs written by Justin Broadrick, G. C. Green, and Paul Neville.

G. C. Green British musician

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Paul Neville is an underground experimental industrial metal guitarist and musician from Birmingham, England.

No.TitleLength
1."Devastator"3:18
2."Life Is Easy"3:53
3."Middle Amerika"5:27
4."Grind"4:01
5."Ecstacy of Hate"7:23
6."Malewhoreslag"3:35
7."Lifefucker-Shitsucker"4:55
8."Merciless"4:43
9."Survive"5:17
10."Fight Show"
  • 1. "Empire of Lies"
  • 2. "Whiterock-Blackdeath"
  • 3. "Christian Motherfucker"
  • 4. "Ecstacy of Hate"
15:38
11."Xmas Special"
  • 1. "Life Is Easy"
  • 2. "Calling"
  • 3. "Submit-Suppress"
15:20
Total length:73:34

Personnel

Fall of Because

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Additional personnel

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