“Streetcleaner” returns to vinyl.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 3:37 PM (PST)


Available in two color options from the Earache Webstore.

These days it is harder to find original things. Most art and music has nostalgia so embedded in it that we recognize new songs with a familiarity that makes them more easy to market. That’s not always bad. American Horror Story: Hotel is a lot of fun, for example. Gaga is a hoot and even if every other scene recalls The ShiningThe Lost BoysSe7en or Devil In The White City‘s murder hotel, there is plenty of genre tribute, glam and gore.

That said, in life we only have so much time. I’m drawn the most to bands that sound unique, be it a human voice that is distinctive or something that doesn’t need signifiers because- like the Ramones, Motorhead or our main subject Godflesh, it can’t be fully replicated.

Streetcleaner is a template that turned the underground on its collective ear. Like Neubauten’s Kollaps, it was just such a huge game changer for possibilities, one of those rare records that becomes a landmark. The closest any other act has really come to Godflesh sonically might be recent Author & Punisher release Melk En Honing, to my ears – though they have many disciples. Still, Streetcleaner remains pretty untouchable. Even Godflesh themselves, who have many incredible releases to their credit, have rarely sounded as intense as during fan favorite “Like Rats”. The kick heavy punch of “Christbait Rising”, the harsh mantra of “Locust Furnace” or the rolling groove of underrated bonus track “Dead Head” soundtracked the cold alienation of many of the underground’s truest disciples at their most solitary.


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