Originally released in 2001, the sixth and final album by Godflesh, ‘Hymns’, is scheduled to be reissued and released in February 2013 by The End Records. This release will come as a special edition 2 CD set, remastered with bonus tracks as well as additional liner notes, lyrics and photos.
“Hymns” ultimately became the band’s swansong in 2001, as Godflesh disbanded in April 2002 following mainman Justin Broadrick’s bout with a nervous breakdown. This illness prompted a US tour cancellation, resulting in those that lost money seeking repayment from Broadrick, bringing about financial difficulties on his end. The album received generally positive reviews, with a rating of 4/5 stars from Allmusic, and even being listed on Terrorizer and Rock Sounds’ albums of the year chart for 2001. “Hymns” also features drummer Ted Parsons (Swans/Prong), which was a departure from their usual drum machine sound, and saw the band revert back to their original style of music.
Godflesh hail from Birmingham, England and came about in 1988 from the remnants of Fall of Because and was put into gear when Justin Broadrick departed from Napalm Death. Following the break-up of Godflesh, Broadrick would form Jesu, which is still active to this day when Broadrick’s attention is not directed at Godflesh. In 2010, the band reunited for a performance at France’s Hellfest and have recently stated that they are working on new material for an expected 2013 release. In May 2012, Godflesh made an appearance at the Maryland Deathfest, which was their first US appearance in 17 years.
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