Loopflesh / Fleshloop

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Loopflesh / Fleshloop
Cover B of Loopflesh - Fleshloop.jpg
EP (split)by Godflesh & Loop
Released May 1991
Genre
Length14:13
Label Clawfist
Producer
Godflesh chronology
Streetcleaner
(1989)
Loopflesh / Fleshloop
(1991)
Slavestate
(1991)
Loop chronology
A Gilded Eternity
(1990)
Loopflesh / Fleshloop
(1991)
Wolf Flow (The John Peel Sessions (1987-90))
(1991)
Reverse cover
Cover A of Loopflesh - Fleshloop.jpeg

Loopflesh / Fleshloop is a split EP between English industrial metal band Godflesh and English rock band Loop. [1] On side A of the 7-inch vinyl, Loop covers the song "Like Rats" by Godflesh, and on side B, Godflesh covers the song "Straight to Your Heart" by Loop. [2] The palindrome "Rats Live On No Evil Star" appears etched into both sides of the record. [3] Only a thousand copies were pressed. [4] [5]

A split album is a music album which includes tracks by two or more separate artists. There have been singles and EPs of the same variety, which are often called "split singles" and "split EPs" respectively. Split albums differ from "various artists" compilation albums in that they generally include several tracks of each artist, or few artists with one or two tracks each, instead of multiple artists with only one or two tracks each.

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.

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Background

Both Justin Broadrick of Godflesh and Robert Hampson of Loop were fans of each other's bands before they met. [6] After becoming introduced, Loop invited Godflesh to be opening act on their 1990 tour. It was after that successful string of shows that the bands decided to create Loopflesh / Fleshloop.

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.

Robert Hampson British guitarist

Joshua Robert Hampson is an English musician and composer, known primarily as a guitarist in the band Loop, which he co-founded in London in 1985 with his then-girlfriend Becky "Bex" Stewart. Loop recorded three albums, the last of which, A Gilded Eternity (1990), made the UK album charts. Following the band's breakup, Hampson formed the experimental project Main with Scott Dawson.

Hampson and his bandmates were originally fans of Head of David, in which Broadrick drummed. As such, they were immediately aware of Godflesh and its first album, Streetcleaner . Regarding the album and the song from it that Loop covered, Robert Hampson said:

Head of David is a British heavy metal band that features vocalist Stephen R. Burroughs and ex-Napalm Death member Justin Broadrick. The band's sound paved way to various music genres, including industrial metal, grindcore and noise rock.

"We covered 'Like Rats' from Streetcleaner, an album that everyone in Loop was hugely into. That was fun to do–like I said, I never saw Godflesh as a metal band and that comes across in our cover, I think. Just a great song." [6]

Regarding the song that Godflesh chose to cover, Broadrick said:

"'Straight to Your Heart' was the first Loop track I think I ever heard. I remember hearing it with Ben on a Peel session and we were both just like 'holy fuck!' So when it came time to choosing a song to cover, it had to be that one." [6]

G. C. Green British musician

Ben George Christian "G. C." Green is an English musician, best known as the co-founder and bass guitarist of the Birmingham-based industrial metal band, Godflesh.

After Loop's dissolution in 1991, Hampson became a regular contributor to Godflesh, appearing on Cold World and half of the songs on the band's second album, Pure . In 2014, the two bands reunited and conducted a brief tour together. [6]

<i>Cold World</i> (EP) 1991 EP by Godflesh

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.

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

Pure is the second studio album by English industrial metal band Godflesh. It was released on 13 April 1992 through Earache Records. Though originally labeled only as industrial metal, the album has since been recognised as one of the earliest post-metal releases. Musically, Pure is harsh and mechanical, with protracted songs and an abundance of deliberate repetition. Like much of Godflesh's music, it is regarded as particularly heavy and aggressive.

Track listing

Side A (Loopflesh)
No.TitleLength
1."Like Rats" (Written by Godflesh, performed by Loop)6:30
Side B (Fleshloop)
No.TitleLength
1."Straight to Your Heart" (Written by Loop, performed by Godflesh)7:43

Personnel

Credits adapted from liner notes. [7]

Godflesh

Loop

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