The final album Godflesh issued before breaking up in 2001, Hymns marked the point of transition between the groundbreaking industrial heft of the now-legendary UK outfit’s earlier work and the more inward looking melodic ethereality that Justin Broadrick would bring to light over time with his subsequent project, Jesu. In an interview last year, Broadrick confirmed that Godflesh had new songs in the works, and while those have yet to materialize, it was announced today that Hymns will be reissued in February and that remixed and remastered demo recordings of Hymns tracks would be included as a bonus disc and incentive for fans.
Being last in the catalog (to date) and well after their mark had been made with albums like 1989′s Streetcleaner, the preceding self-titled debut EP or 1992′s Pure, Hymns is often overlooked in Godflesh‘s highly populated discography, but definitely worth a revisit, and it should be interesting to hear how its tracks have been reinterpreted by the band more than a decade later.
Details courtesy of the PR wire:
Godflesh To Release Hymns Deluxe Remaster
Available In Deluxe 2CD/2LP Packaging – Remastered With Bonus Tracks, Liner Notes, Lyrics And Never Before Seen Images
Out February 19th On The End Records
Godflesh is classic, ballsy, catchy, and mean. Justin Broadrick (the band’s frontman, and ex member of Napalm Death) manages to craft catchy riffs and choruses into the mix without losing a drop of originality. Even though ”Hymns” is the band’s swan song, it still sounds just as passionate as their first record “Streetcleaner”. Often called their finest album, “Hymns” was released on 2001, and is now being re-issued by The End Records as a Special Edition 2CD Deluxe Remaster with Bonus Tracks, Liner Notes, Lyrics and Never Before Seen Photos and Images. Always a few steps ahead of the pack, Godflesh have once again reinvented themselves, providing their audience with a challenging and inspirational slab of crushing industrial metal.
‘Hymns’ Deluxe Remaster Tracklisting
Disc 1: 2012 Remaster
2. Deaf, Dumb & Blind
7. White Flag
8. For Life
Disc 2: Bonus Material
1. Voidhead (Demo 2012 Mix)
2. Vampires (Demo 2012 Mix)
3. Deaf, Dumb & Blind (Demo 2012 Remastered)
4. Anthem (Demo 2012 Remastered)
5. Paralyzed (Demo 2012 Remastered)
6. For Life (Demo 2012 Remastered)
7. If I Could Only Be What You Want (2012 Remastered)
Tags: Godflesh, Godflesh Hymns, Hymns, The End Records