So, you are into Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. Perhaps, you went even deeper and checked out Ministry and Skinny Puppy. Yeah, there really is no such thing as “industrial” music… at least there is no concrete definition of it. To some people, the commercial friendly music of NIN is industrial, or the hollow shock rock antics of Marilyn Manson. Other people will tell you that Skinny Puppy is “true” industrial and that everything else is a waste of time. I don’t know… have they heard of Godflesh? Out of all those bands, Godflesh is the only band I could picture listening to while driving through the decayed center of an urban city. Godflesh lives in this world. It lives in a world of burnt down houses, graffiti decorated buildings, and old factories. Godflesh is the ultimate soundtrack to the apocalypse….
Streetcleaner is Godflesh’s most chaotic record. In many ways, it is a huge expansion on the sound that is found in The Swans’ Cop album. It also came out before the band experimented with hip hop, electronica, and more rock orientated structures. And even though Justin has put out a ton of really good material, Streetcleaner is something that is going to stay with him forever. To some people, it is the best thing he has ever done. I can see why. It is a very abstract, surreal, and unique record.