GODFLESH’s Hellfest Appearance Marred by Technical Difficulties; Justin K. Broadrick Apologizes

The much ballyhooed reunion performance by GODFLESH at this year’s Hellfest Open Air in France over the weekend was unfortunately affected by issues out of the band’s control. Despite getting through the set, mainman Justin K. Broadrick was not pleased with the situation and issued the following recap:

“Okay, if you were in attendance for this then I am sure you are aware of how disappointed we were with what transpired, and we are sure you are/were most likely disappointed too.

“I am afraid that it was all utterly beyond our control, we salvaged a performance out of what was a fairly ridiculous set of events. The power generator blowing during the set from THE YOUNG GODS, on just prior to us, was the catalyst for the ensuing chaos. At one point, performing at all was even in doubt. We had an hour allocated for both soundcheck and stage set up, since there is no soundcheck prior to the start of the festival, unfortunately, something that we really did need, but we were having to put our trust in the one hour allocated before performance, this one hour then became 20 short and extremely stressful minutes, with the stage management proclaiming that we must start immediately without any check of the sound, disastrous for us – additionally, the backline they hired in for us was not entirely correct or had faults with it, Ben‘s bass rig specifically, my guitar amp was not right either, the monitors were awful without the time for us to correct them sufficiently, resulting in not hearing virtually any of the Machine in the monitors for nearly all of our opener ‘Like Rats‘, the DVD machine for our films was also somewhat faulty. In short, this was an absolute frustrating catalogue of disasters, presenting the band in, for us, one of the worst ways imaginable. We do though consider that we somewhat forged a performance out of a significantly bad situation.

“We played 40 of our intended 60 minutes; quite literally onstage I managed to turn 30 minutes into 40 due to ongoing arguments, during our set, with the stage management.

“We’re really sorry to everyone concerned that all this happened and hopefully this will all be rectified at the forthcoming GODFLESH performance at the Supersonic Festival.”

Download Song from GREYMACHINE’s Debut; Album Drops August 4th

GREYMACHINE, the collaboration between JESU/GODFLESH‘s Justin K. Broadrick, ISISAaron Turner, Diarmuid Dalton (JESU), and Dave Cochran (HEAD OF DAVID, GOD, ICE), will be releasing their debut album, Disconnected, on August 4th through Hydra Head Records.

The album is a jarring yet ethereal summation of each band members’ unique and caustic musical paths.  For a preview, listen to “Vultures Descend” here: http://www.avalancheinc.co.uk/greymachine.html

The album’s full track listing is as follows:
1. “Wolf At the Door
2. “Vultures Descend
3. “When Attention Just Ain’t Enough
4. “Wasted
5. “We Are All Fucking Liars
6. “Just Breathing
7. “Sweatshop
8. “Easy Pickings

Earache to Reissue GODFLESH’s Songs of Love and Hate and Love and Hate in Dub as One Set

The Earache Records reissuing machine is chugging along as the label are reissuing a pair of GODFLESH releases, Songs of Love and Hate (1996) and it’s accompanying remix album, Love and Hate in Dub (1997).  The two albums will be combined into one set along with an also out-of-print In All Languages DVD, featuring all of the band’s promotional music videos.  The mega CD/DVD set will be sold for the price of one regular CD from the Earache European Webstore: http://www.earacheshop.com/store/godflesh.html

The End Records Signs Collaboration Between Jarboe & Justin K. Broadrick

The End Records has signed the new project entitled: J2, featuring enigmatic singer/songwriter/performer Jarboe (SWANS) and Justin K. Broadrick, frontman for ambient/progressive noise project JESU (ex-GODFLESH).

J2 is the symbol for current density. The symbol is also short for “Joule” which means: Pronunciation Key: joule (jôôl, joul) The International System unit of electrical, mechanical and thermal energy.

Jarboe is known for her 14 years work with the legendary NYC East Village Art Rock band SWANS, as well as her recent musical collaborations with such bands as JESU, NEUROSIS and A PERFECT CIRCLE. Broadrick, who joined pioneering U.K. grind band NAPALM DEATH at the age of 15, formed the influential metal/industrial act GODFLESH in the late-80′s and in 2003 started up his current band JESU.

“..When I met Justin, he commented upon the impact and influence of Swans upon his music. We did a concert together in London in 2005 and began discussing working together. I had also been drawn to the unique energy of JESU and so this was exciting to explore.”

The J2 album will be released in the spring of 2008 on The End Records.

GALLHAMMER – Ill Innocence

GALLHAMMER is a most unique musical entity consisting of a trio of Japanese girls with only death and hopelessness on their mind. Dressed like crusty, black metal vixens, these unsuspecting ladies serve up an unfiltered blend of only the most primitive, HELLHAMMER-inspired nastiness on their second album, Ill Innocence. GALLHAMMER summons the nihilistic, punkified, black metal grimness of Norwegian black metallers, DARKTHRONE (who themselves can be traced back to HELLHAMMER), on tracks “Killed by the Queen” and the awesome “Speed of Blood.” They capture the authentic cold and stale black metal sound with blast beats, grinding riffs, suicidal screams, and raw production. Elsewhere, they perfect the doom and gloom of Swiss purveyors, HELLHAMMER (obviously their main musical influence). Song ideas are very, very simple, but Tokyo’s GALLHAMMER steer clear of sounding like high-school beginners. Quite interestingly, in fact, is that their songs draw influences from various “indie” or post-punk musical nebulas. “Delirium Daydream” could resemble the early, unpolished works of anyone from JOY DIVISION to PJ Harvey. Of course that may be hard to envision given the band’s (black) metal roots. More appropriately relative would be Justin K. Broadrick (JESU/GODFLESH), in which the dreamy epic, “Slog,” is very reminiscent of (save for the blasting interlude). Though GALLHAMMER are clearly very singular in their musical approach, they succeed by assembling basic ideas effectively and unexpectedly. If you tire of dense, over-the-top ridiculousness, invert your diet with a sampling of Ill Innocence. (Peaceville)

JESU Secure Permits; To Begin U.S. Tour March 11th

JESU will finally be joining ISIS on tour beginning this Sunday, March 11th, following some troubles getting the proper paperwork for entering the U.S.  JESU mainman Justin K. Broadrick issued the following statement on the matter:

“The impending permits/visas finally cleared for JESU this week; the unforeseen backlog at the U.S embassy in London had somewhat reduced enabling the band to be interviewed and be issued their work permits/visas.

“This means that JESU will perform its first live show in the U.S this Sunday, March 11th in Washington DC at the 9.30 Club and will complete the rest of the tour with ISIS from there on in, performing at the Hydra Head Showcase at SXSW, Austin, Texas on the 15th March along the way.

“Many thanks for your patience and huge apologies to those that missed JESU at earlier shows due to these unforeseen circumstances. A JESU headline tour of the U.S over the next 9 – 12 months will hopefully compensate somewhat, especially since JESU now have permits/visas for 12 months!

“Also thank you for all the kind words and messages we have received, we wish we could reply to them all….”

Here is the band’s updated itenerary:
3/11 930 Club Washington DC – w/ ISIS, TORCHE
3/12 DAY OFF DAY OFF -
3/13 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia PA – w/ ISIS, TORCHE
3/14 Irving Plaza New York NY – w/ ISIS, TORCHE
3/15 Emo’s Annex Austin TX – SXSW
3/16 DAY OFF DAY OFF -
3/17 (d) The Middle East – Downstairs Cambridge MA – W/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/18 Theatre National Montreal QC – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/19 Barrymore’s Ottawa ON – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/20 Opera House Toronto ON – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/21 St Andrews Hall Detroit MI – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/22 Metro Chicago IL – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/23 DAY OFF -
3/24 DAY OFF -
3/25 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis MN – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/26 The Picador Iowa City IA – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/27 Granada Theatre Lawrence KS – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/28 Marquis Theater Denver CO – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/29 DAY OFF DAY OFF -
3/30 In The Venue Salt Lake City UT – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/31 DAY OFF DAY OFF -
4/1 The Big Easy Boise ID – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
4/2 The Big Easy Spokane WA – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
4/3 Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle WA – W/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
4/4 Hawthorne Theatre Portland OR – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
4/5 DAY OFF -
4/6 Bimbo’s 365 Club San Francisco CA – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
4/7 Downtown Brew San Luis Obispo CA – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
4/8 Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles CA – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA