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Godflesh

Godflesh

When: Tue., April 15, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $23, $21 in advance
For the past ten years Justin Broadrick has made music as Jesu, combining warm shoegaze with wall-of-sound postmetal. Jesu records are so lush and beautiful that it’s easy to forget you’re listening to the same guy who spent the late 80s and all of the 90s fronting pioneering industrial-metal act Godflesh, one of the most brutal bands ever to exist. Streetcleaner, the Birmingham group’s 1989 debut LP, is a frightening, powerful mess, propelled by a clangy, mechanical drum machine and crunchy, earth-rattling bass. On subsequent records the duo grew a bigger lineup, with live drums, another guitarist, and even keyboards, but for their 2010 reunion (really just a handful of festival dates) the band was once again just Broadrick, bassist G.C. Green, and that drum machine. Now Godflesh have finally booked a full-fledged North American tour, and after a cancellation due to visa issues in October, they’re coming to Chicago for the first time in more than 15 years. They’ve also announced plans to release a brand-new album this year, A World Lit Only by Fire—the follow-up to 2001’s Hymns. There’s nothing from that LP to hear yet, but Godflesh did release a single in the fall via Decibel magazine’s monthly flexi series—a cover of “Fuck of Death” by Canadian extreme-metal band Slaughter. With its pounding drum machine, violent vocals, and shrill, dissonant guitar, it might as well be a Streetcleaner B side. For more on Godflesh, see the Artist on Artist interview between Broadrick and producer Sanford Parker. —Luca Cimarusti Cut Hands and Czar open.

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