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DrugMetal.ru conducted an interview with reformed industrial metal pioneers GODFLESH prior to their August 24 concert at Moscow Hall in Moscow, Russia. You can now watch the chat below.

GODFLESH will release its first new recording in over 12 years through Decibel magazine’s Flexi Series in October. A cover of the track “F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)” by legendary death thrashers SLAUGHTER (Canada) will be included in the subscriber version of the magazine’s November issue (streeting October 5).

You can now stream the track at this location.

In a recent interview with the French radio station Le 106, GODFLESH‘s Justin Broadrick stated about the band’s forthcoming album — which is tentatively titled “A World Lit Only By Fire” and due in May 2014 — “It will be [musically] similar to the first two or three [GODFLESH albums]. I just think, like we’re playing these shows, we feel very pure about we’re doing and honoring the initial intentions with what we originally set out to do. Which, I think, like most bands and musicians and all the rest of it, by the time you get on to your fourth album, it’s somewhat of a dilution going on to what you initially tried to achieve. It will definitely sound aggressive and it probably won’t sound like any of the other records we’ve made, but it will have the minimalism of the first few records.”

Added GODFLESH bassist G.C. Green: “It won’t sound like the first two record; it will be more the spirit… When you make records over the years, you change as people, you change as musicians, you progress, you develop and you take other styles on, but I think, having had a break from it and come back to it, it seems that we’ve gone straight back into what the essence of it was originally, and that’s why it feels good.”

Continued Justin: “It’s getting straight back to the core of what this is all about. And I think having a break from it has probably even more inspired… It’s like refocusing and obviously, we’re somewhat older and wiser. It’s gonna be a really interesting record. It’s extremely minimal and very, very brutal — a fairly unforgiving record, really, I think.”

GODFLESH‘s seminal debut full-length album, 1989’s “Streetcleaner”, was remastered and reissued in a deluxe digipak in Europe on June 21, 2010 and in North America on August 10, 2010 via Earache Records.

“Streetcleaner” was GODFLESH‘s second release, proving to be one of the band’s finest and most recognized albums and helping them to become one of the most influential industrial bands ever. Now “Streetcleaner” was brought up to date as a special expanded version, with all tracks remastered by GODFLESH founding member Justin Broadrick. The album also includes a bonus disc featuring 12 previously unreleased live tracks, alternate mixes and demos, and comes housed in a deluxe multi-panel digipak with detailed liner notes.

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Reformed industrial metal pioneers GODFLESH will release their first new recording in over 12 years through Decibel magazine’s Flexi Series in October. A cover of the track “F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)” by legendary death thrashers SLAUGHTER (Canada) will be included in the subscriber version of the magazine’s November issue (streeting October 5).

You can now stream the track at this location.

To obtain the GODFLESH flexi disc, subscribe to Decibel by 9 a.m. EST on September 3 to ensure its arrival. Anyone who currently has an active Decibel subscription will automatically receive the GODFLESH disc.

In a recent interview with the French radio station Le 106, GODFLESH‘s Justin Broadrick stated about the band’s forthcoming album — which is tentatively titled “A World Lit Only By Fire” and due in early 2014 — “It will be [musically] similar to the first two or three [GODFLESH albums]. I just think, like we’re playing these shows, we feel very pure about we’re doing and honoring the initial intentions with what we originally set out to do. Which, I think, like most bands and musicians and all the rest of it, by the time you get on to your fourth album, it’s somewhat of a dilution going on to what you initially tried to achieve. It will definitely sound aggressive and it probably won’t sound like any of the other records we’ve made, but it will have the minimalism of the first few records.”

Added GODFLESH bassist G.C. Green: “It won’t sound like the first two record; it will be more the spirit… When you make records over the years, you change as people, you change as musicians, you progress, you develop and you take other styles on, but I think, having had a break from it and come back to it, it seems that we’ve gone straight back into what the essence of it was originally, and that’s why it feels good.”

Continued Justin: “It’s getting straight back to the core of what this is all about. And I think having a break from it has probably even more inspired… It’s like refocusing and obviously, we’re somewhat older and wiser. It’s gonna be a really interesting record. It’s extremely minimal and very, very brutal — a fairly unforgiving record, really, I think.”

GODFLESH‘s seminal debut full-length album, 1989’s “Streetcleaner”, was remastered and reissued in a deluxe digipak in Europe on June 21, 2010 and in North America on August 10, 2010 via Earache Records.

“Streetcleaner” was GODFLESH‘s second release, proving to be one of the band’s finest and most recognized albums and helping them to become one of the most influential industrial bands ever. Now “Streetcleaner” was brought up to date as a special expanded version, with all tracks remastered by GODFLESH founding member Justin Broadrick. The album also includes a bonus disc featuring 12 previously unreleased live tracks, alternate mixes and demos, and comes housed in a deluxe multi-panel digipak with detailed liner notes.

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Reformed industrial metal pioneers GODFLESH will release their first new recording in over 12 years through Decibel magazine’s Flexi Series in October. A cover of the track “F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)” by legendary death thrashers SLAUGHTER (Canada) will be included in the subscriber version of the magazine’s November issue (streeting October 5).

To obtain the GODFLESH flexi disc, subscribe to Decibel by 9 a.m. EST on September 3 to ensure its arrival. Anyone who currently has an active Decibel subscription will automatically receive the GODFLESH disc.

In a recent interview with the French radio station Le 106, GODFLESH‘s Justin Broadrick stated about the band’s forthcoming album — which is tentatively titled “A World Lit Only By Fire” and due in early 2014 — “It will be [musically] similar to the first two or three [GODFLESH albums]. I just think, like we’re playing these shows, we feel very pure about we’re doing and honoring the initial intentions with what we originally set out to do. Which, I think, like most bands and musicians and all the rest of it, by the time you get on to your fourth album, it’s somewhat of a dilution going on to what you initially tried to achieve. It will definitely sound aggressive and it probably won’t sound like any of the other records we’ve made, but it will have the minimalism of the first few records.”

Added GODFLESH bassist G.C. Green: “It won’t sound like the first two record; it will be more the spirit… When you make records over the years, you change as people, you change as musicians, you progress, you develop and you take other styles on, but I think, having had a break from it and come back to it, it seems that we’ve gone straight back into what the essence of it was originally, and that’s why it feels good.”

Continued Justin: “It’s getting straight back to the core of what this is all about. And I think having a break from it has probably even more inspired… It’s like refocusing and obviously, we’re somewhat older and wiser. It’s gonna be a really interesting record. It’s extremely minimal and very, very brutal — a fairly unforgiving record, really, I think.”

GODFLESH‘s seminal debut full-length album, 1989’s “Streetcleaner”, was remastered and reissued in a deluxe digipak in Europe on June 21, 2010 and in North America on August 10, 2010 via Earache Records.

“Streetcleaner” was GODFLESH‘s second release, proving to be one of the band’s finest and most recognized albums and helping them to become one of the most influential industrial bands ever. Now “Streetcleaner” was brought up to date as a special expanded version, with all tracks remastered by GODFLESH founding member Justin Broadrick. The album also includes a bonus disc featuring 12 previously unreleased live tracks, alternate mixes and demos, and comes housed in a deluxe multi-panel digipak with detailed liner notes.

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Grindcore gets arty farty

Yup, we had to read that twice too! Birmingham grindcore legends Napalm Death have just announced they will be performing at one of the UK’s most prestigious museums – the V&A Museum in South Kensington, London.

Imagine rocking out to You Suffer or that legendary cover of Nazi Punks Fuck Off, surrounded by thought-provoking pieces of abstract minimalism whilst sipping on a glass of 2002 vintage Premier Cru Pinot Noir. Oooooh culture dahling.

Keith Harrison, the V&A’s ceramicist in residence, is apparently well into his grindcore, so invited the Brum heroes to the museum for a special one off performance. If that doesn’t sound bonkers enough, Harrison will be surrounding the group with handmade ceramic objects. Errr, alright then, whatever floats and that.

And here’s the best bit. It’s free! GET. THE. FUCK. IN

Click here for tickets!

 

 

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Twisted SisterYou Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll Reissue
2011 Armoury Records
Ray Van Horn, Jr.

This could just as easily be a Metal Louvre installment here. As basic as the cover for Twisted Sister’s You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll, may be, it’s an identifiable leather ‘n metal emblem that was perhaps the most replicated band logo in the eighties behind only AC/DC and Iron Maiden. Come on, Gen X’ers, how many textbooks did you deface back in the day with the Twisted Sister logo? They knew, most assuredly, if you recall the “I Wanna Rock” video.

Very few albums can get away with minimalism on their covers and still attract an audience. Okay, The Beatles had The White Album and Metallica The Black Album, but the measure of worth relies more upon what lies inside the packaging. It just helps the cause if an album is kickass and so is its cover.

As Armoury Records takes a stroll through all of Twisted Sister’s main releases except for Under the Blade, we come to You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll, one of the declarative hard rock albums of the decade. While this reissue of You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll is the exact version Spitfire Records put awhile ago, complete with three bonus songs not released by the Atlantic pressing, the objective is to corral newcomers and oldsters who sold their vinyl ages ago. It’s about rediscovering the joy of Twisted Sister and heavy metal.

Does it get much better than “The Kids Are Back?” Cue it from your memory banks, the classic intro march, the aggressive, punchy rhythm, the humming bass line from Mark Mendoza and the sneer veneer of Dee Snider. Ahhhhhhh, fists up. One of Twisted Sister’s calling card songs, “The Kids Are Back” is what it’s all about if you dare approach the crossroads and step over to the other side. It’s one of the finest lion’s pride anthems Twisted Sister boasts in their arsenal (and they wrote plenty), even just a click more chewy than the famed title song, another for the ages.

While Under the Blade retains its title for most venomous (and many say best) album in Twisted’s catalog, You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll might be their most refined. Sure, Stay Hungry is their most popular and at times most over-the-top, but there’s something about You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll that pushes it beyond 1983 when it was first released. If ever there was a timeless album conjured from Hairball Heaven, this is the one.

If you’ve never heard this album, seriously, people, get with it. Guaranteed you will be snarling along to “Like a Knife in the Back” (one of this writer’s venting tunes straight out of his teen years and beyond) and wishing you had a Harley purring between your legs on “Ride to Live, Live to Ride.” “We’re Gonna Make It” is the pro empowerment cousin of “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” and honestly, it’s a bit more fun to hear the former in your own privacy than the latter at hockey arenas when the opposition scores.

“The Power and the Glory” is one of Twisted’s faster songs with faboo shredding by Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda and Jay Jay French. In fact, most of their solos on this album carry a free spirit, wisely released by producer Stuart Epps. Versus the chunky, nastier riffs and searing solos on Stay Hungry and Come Out and Play, French and Ojeda are far more relaxed on this album and the songs sway instead of tear. Even a ballad like “You’re Not Alone (Suzette’s Song)” has a metal-grounded oomph to the misty breeze of the un-metal melody.

And, kids of all ages, “I Am (I’m Me)” is the rally cry against authority most people missed back in the day because Motley Crue came along with “Shout at the Devil” with inherently the same message and were crucified for it. Of course, that was before Theater of Pain and Girls Girls Girls brought them into boys’ locker rooms and the girls’ pajama parties. “I Am (I’m Me)” is a pure hook and it will remind listeners of the first time they defied their parents as teenagers. Yes, you can do it without an expletive.

The bonus tracks on You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll are mostly fun, the best of them being the speedy “Feel the Power,” a kindred song in title and flow to “The Power and the Glory.” “One Man Woman” is a noncommittal rock jive, the extra dab of mustard to a meaty metal pastrami Twisted Sister slapped together from Long Island on their way up the totem. Hoagie, anyone?

For historical purposes, You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll is Twisted Sister’s catharsis. All the years they’d pushed themselves through the rock underground and they couldn’t get domestic interest despite their best efforts and their best word of mouth. By the time Atlantic scooped them up after Under the Blade was first delivered from the UK, you can hear Twisted Sister making the most of their moment as newcomers to the majors. In a sense, You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll is equivalent to the backup quarterback getting his first start and he tosses a breakout game. Atlantic gave Twisted the ball and they nailed the end zone immediately. Sad that the band stumbled upon the chewed turf of the metal gridiron the later the decade progressed. Yet You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll will forever be the Hail Mary longball we’ll all be talking about like those in the know. Everyone knows Stay Hungry, but we know the real deal and yes, the kids are back…

Rating: ****1/2

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