Xnoybis

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"Xnoybis"
Cover of Xnoybis single by Godflesh.jpg
Single by Godflesh
from the album Selfless
Released1995 (1995)
Format
Recorded1994
Studio Avalanche Studios, Birmingham UK
Genre Industrial metal
Length35:08
Label Earache, Columbia
Producer(s)
Godflesh singles chronology
"Mothra"
(1992)
"Xnoybis"
(1995)
"Crush My Soul"
(1995)

"Xnoybis" is a song by the industrial metal band Godflesh, taken from the album Selfless (1994). It was released in 1995 through Earache Records as a CD, and was also distributed as a promotional to radio stations. [1]

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>Selfless</i> (album) album by Godflesh

Selfless is the third studio album by British industrial metal band Godflesh. It was released on 26 September 1994 in Europe and on 18 October 1994 through Earache and Columbia Records. Being the band's major-label debut, the record features a more conventional and rock-oriented sound compared to Godflesh's previous releases. It spawned two singles, "Xnoybis" and "Crush My Soul". The music video for the latter was directed by photographer Andres Serrano.

Contents

The song

Godflesh frontman Justin Broadrick explained that "Xnoybis" is a song about spiritual transcendence, and that much of the rest of the album carries that theme. [2] Musically, the song features a pummeling drum machine loop and a simple, harmonics-based guitar riff that repeats throughout. [3] Uncharacteristically for Godflesh, the song also has piano in it. [3] "Xnoybis" was one of AllMusic critic Neg Raggett's favourite songs off of Selfless. [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.

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

A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument that creates percussion. Drum machines may imitate drum kits or other percussion instruments, or produce unique sounds. Most modern drum machines allow users to program their own rhythms. Drum machines may create sounds using analog synthesis or play prerecorded samples.

String harmonic

A string harmonic is a string instrument technique which uses the nodes of natural harmonics of a musical string to produce high pitched tones of varying timbre and loudness. String harmonics are "high pitched tones, like a whistle's, are produced when the musician lightly touches certain points on a string." "A flute-like sound produced on a string instrument by lightly touching the string with the finger instead of pressing it down," against the fingerboard.

While the psychofuckdub of "Xnoybis" also appears on the "Crush My Soul" single, and the original version appears on the album Selfless, the clubdub and edit versions are unique to this release. [5] In 1994, Broadrick called the eighteen-minute psychofuckdub remix "the most expiermental thing Godflesh has ever done". [6]

Crush My Soul single by Godflesh

"Crush My Soul" is a song by industrial metal band Godflesh, taken from the album Selfless (1994). It was released in 1995 by Earache Records on 12" vinyl and CD. The single's two remixes were also included on the Selfless/Merciless compilation released on Earache Records in 1996.

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Xnoybis" (edit)4:24
2."Xnoybis" (clubdub)7:24
3."Xnoybis" (psychofuckdub)17:25
4."Xnoybis"5:54
Total length:35:08

Personnel

Godflesh

Bass guitar Electric bass instrument

The bass guitar is a stringed instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses.

Record producer individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Electric guitar electrified guitar; fretted stringed instrument with a neck and body that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals

An electric guitar is a guitar that uses one or more pickups to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. The vibration occurs when a guitar player strums, plucks, fingerpicks, slaps or taps the strings. The pickup generally uses electromagnetic induction to create this signal, which being relatively weak is fed into a guitar amplifier before being sent to the speaker(s), which converts it into audible sound.

Additional personnel

Bob Ludwig American audio engineer

Robert C. Ludwig is an American mastering engineer. He has mastered recordings on all the major recording formats for all the major record labels, and on projects by more than 1,300 artists including Led Zeppelin, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Ocean, Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen and Daft Punk resulting in over 3,000 credits. He is the recipient of numerous Grammy and TEC Awards.

Vlado Meller is an audio mastering engineer, currently mastering at Vlado Meller Mastering in Charleston, South Carolina. Vlado masters across multiple genres of music, with credits on rock, hip-hop, pop, jazz, metal, dance, opera, Broadway, and classical albums. Over his 43-year career, Vlado has worked on many hit records and has worked with such artists as Beastie Boys, Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Cash, Charlotte Church, Celine Dion, Duran Duran, Kenny G, Kenny Loggins, Julio Iglesias, Michael Jackson, Lil Wayne, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Paul McCartney, Metallica, George Michael, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Barbra Streisand, System of a Down, A Tribe Called Quest, Weezer, Kanye West, Jack White, and many more. Vlado currently holds the position of senior mastering engineer at Vlado Meller Mastering in Charleston, South Carolina. He has won two Grammy Awards.

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References

  1. "Xnoybis" (CD liner notes). Godflesh. Columbia Records. 1995. CSK 6824. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  2. Broadrick, Justin (August 1994). "Godflesh Explains Selfless' Song Titles" (Interview). Interviewed by Garth Ferrante. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  3. 1 2 Macomber, Shawn. "Czar issues Decree: Top Five Godflesh Songs". Decibel . Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  4. Raggett, Ned. "Godflesh - Selfless". AllMusic . Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  5. "Xnoybis - Godflesh". AllMusic . Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  6. Broadrick, Justin (August 1994). "Godflesh Interview" (Interview). Interviewed by Garth Ferrante. Retrieved 1 June 2018.