main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Music: Godflesh

Godflesh is a band from Birmingham, England, one of the Trope Codifiers of Industrial Metal and an influence on many other bands, including Isis, Faith No More, Converge, Korn, Ministry and Fear Factory. The band's core lineup generally consists of vocalist/guitarist Justin Broadrick and bassist GC Green; the band usually uses a drum machine, though they have also used real drummers in their music.

The band's original incarnation was formed in 1982, under the name "Fall of Because", by Green and guitarist Paul Neville. Justin Broadrick, who had played guitar in the legendary Grindcore outfit Napalm Death, joined the group as vocalist and drummer in 1985; two years later, the band fell apart. In 1988, Broadrick contacted Green and they reformed Fall of Because, Broadrick taking up the position of guitarist and deciding to use a drum machine. The band also changed its name to "Godflesh". Throughout their career, Godflesh was known for its crushing guitar riffs, plodding bass, robotic percussion, and Broadricks's Harsh Vocals and minimalistic lyrics.

In 2001, Green left the band. During this time, Broadrick's relationship with his girlfriend had dissolved, and Broadrick suffered a nervous breakdown; he disbanded Godflesh in 2002.

In 2009/10, the band reunited. Their future is uncertain, but Broadrick has not ruled out the possibility of new material.

As stated above, the primary lineup of the band consists of Broadrick and Green; however, they have had other, temporary members. These include:
  • Paul Neville guitars (19891991)
  • Robert Hampson guitars (19911992)
  • Bryan Mantia drums, percussion (19941996)
  • Steve Hough guitars (1999)
  • Diarmuid Dalton samples, moog (1999)
  • Ted Parsons drums, percussion (19962002)
  • Paul Raven bass (2002)

Studio albums:
  • Streetcleaner (1989)
  • Pure (1992)
  • Selfless (1994)
  • Songs of Love and Hate (1996)
  • Us and Them (1999)
  • Hymns (2001)

Broadrick is also the man behind the post-metal band Jesu and the dark ambient project Final.

This band contains the following trope examples:

Toby FoxMusicians/Electronic IndustrialGoldfrapp

alternative title(s): Godflesh
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy