Ringer (song)

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Promotional single by Godflesh
from the EP Decline & Fall
Released21 May 2014
Format Digital download
Genre Industrial metal
Label Avalanche Recordings
Producer(s) Justin Broadrick
Godflesh singles chronology
"F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)""Ringer""Post Self"
Audio sample

"Ringer" is a song by industrial metal band Godflesh. It was taken from their 2014 extended play Decline & Fall . The song was released ahead of the EP on 21 May 2014 through frontman Justin Broadrick's own label, Avalanche Recordings, as a digital download. "Ringer" was the first original material released by Godflesh since their dissolution in 2002, and it was praised by critics as an ideal return for the band.

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.

<i>Decline & Fall</i> (EP) 2014 EP by Godflesh

Decline & Fall is an EP by English industrial metal band Godflesh. It was released on 2 June 2014 through frontman Justin Broadrick's own record label, Avalanche Recordings. The EP is the second release by Godflesh since Hymns (2001), following the 2013 single "F.O.D. ". It precedes the group's seventh studio album, A World Lit Only by Fire (2014), and the two were recorded in the same sessions.



In 2012, Godflesh entered the studio to record their seventh studio album, A World Lit Only by Fire . [1] The studio (an at-home setup in Wales) [2] saw Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green recording a number of songs, two of which were cut from the album and repurposed for an extended play titled Decline & Fall . [3] On 21 May 2014, "Ringer", the EP's introductory track and Godflesh's first original material since the band dissolved in 2002, [4] [5] was released early for streaming. [6] [7] Decline & Fall was released shortly after that on 2 June 2014 with A World Lit Only by Fire following on 7 October 2014.

<i>A World Lit Only by Fire</i> (album) 2014 studio album by Godflesh

A World Lit Only by Fire is the seventh studio album by English industrial metal band Godflesh. It was released on 7 October 2014 through frontman Justin Broadrick's own label, Avalanche Recordings, and was the band's first full-length album since 2001's Hymns. It was preceded by the digital singles "New Dark Ages" in August 2014 and "Imperator" in September 2014, and it was followed by several international tours.

Wales Country in northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon, its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate.

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.


Musically, "Ringer" is a slow, distorted, heavy song built around Broadrick's eight-string guitar, [8] Green's overdriven bass and the characteristic programmed percussion that helped Godflesh define industrial metal. [9] The song begins with a wash of distortion before descending into the extreme weight of the guitar, bass and repeatedly thumping drum machine double-kicks. [10] Gregory Adams of Exclaim! described "Ringer's" main riff as a "punishing detuned groove" that the song locks into and that "batter[s] the brain"; [11] Self-Titled magazine called the riff a "familiar blissful chug". [12] The Fader's Colin Joyce wrote that the song starts with "a blown-out drum machine and warped, harrowing guitar work". [13] Buried among the overwhelming, downtuned noise are Broadrick's half-sung, half-growled vocals, which were described as craggy, [12] rhythmic, [10] moaned, [11] throaty and soured. [14] The programmed drumming, a staple of Godflesh's early sound, was highlighted as chaotic and throbbing, [14] with a sound that, as Adams describes, "burrows into your eardrums". [11] Dan Reilly of Spin called the song "skull-crushing", [6] and Maya Kalev of Resident Advisor described "Ringer" by writing, "It opens with a thin growl and explodes into a colossus of riffs, vocal moans and percussive pounding that seems to choke on itself before redoubling its strength and fading into an ominous stretch." [15]

Eight-string guitar

An eight-string guitar is a guitar with two more strings than the usual six, or one more than the Russian guitar's seven. Eight-string guitars are less common than six- and seven-string guitars, but they are used by a few classical, jazz, and metal guitarists. The eight-string guitar allows a wider tonal range, or non-standard tunings, or both.

<i>Exclaim!</i> Canadian music magazine

Exclaim! is a monthly Canadian music magazine that features in-depth coverage of new music across all genres with a special focus on Canadian and cutting-edge artists. Content is based on the monthly print publication, which publishes 9 issues per year, distributing over 103,000 copies to over 2,600 locations across Canada. The magazine has an average of 361,200 monthly readers. Their website, exclaim.ca, has an average of 675,000 unique visitors a month.

The Fader is a magazine based in New York City that was launched in 1999 by Rob Stone and Jon Cohen. The magazine covers music, style and culture. It was the first print publication to be released on iTunes. It is owned by The Fader Media group, which also includes its website, thefader.com, Fader films, Fader Label and Fader TV.

"Ringer" (Dub)

A remixed version of "Ringer" was released on the Japanese edition of Decline & Fall, titled "Ringer" (Dub). [16] [17] As a dub mix, it is noticeably sparser than the original track, featuring spaces where the otherwise omnipresent guitar chugging falls away so the song can focus on percussion and bass. It is almost a minute longer than the base song. [18]

A remix is a piece of media which has been altered from its original state by adding, removing and changing pieces of the item. A song, piece of artwork, books, video, or photograph can all be remixes. The only characteristic of a remix is that it appropriates and changes other materials to create something new.

Dub is a genre of electronic music that grew out of reggae in the 1960s, and is commonly considered a subgenre, though it has developed to extend beyond the scope of reggae. The style consists predominantly of instrumental remixes of existing recordings and is achieved by significantly manipulating and reshaping the recordings, usually through the removal of vocals, emphasis of the rhythm section, the application of studio effects such as echo and reverb, and the occasional dubbing of vocal or instrumental snippets from the original version or other works. It was an early form of popular electronic music.

Critical reception

"Ringer" was met with very positive reviews. Invisible Oranges described the public and critical reaction to the song as full of relief, writing that it "sounded like Godflesh" and that "the purity from the innovators was appreciated". [10] Several critics echoed this sentiment, noting that "Ringer" was instantly evocative of Godflesh's signature sound. [19] [12] [13] Jeremy Ulrey of Metal Injection wrote that the song "has an absolutely savage central riff that almost seems written with sole purpose of teaching new school industrial dabblers like Batillus who really runs this shit." [20] MetalSucks' Axl Rosenberg wrote, "the track fucking rules. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed by it". [7]

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.

Track listing

2."Ringer" (Dub)7:09


Credits adapted from Decline & Fall liner notes [18]

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