Godflesh Live Date History // 1994 - 2001
  • Dates spanning from 1994 until the band broke-up in 2001.
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Date City Country Venue / Info?
1994 / Autumn / United States
Details
The band went on tour in 1994 in the United States opening up for Danzig and Type O Negative. This was a big tour for the band, despite the obvious differences in fan bases. Brian Mantia (Brain) toured with the band on this trek, which hit over two dozen cities in the autumn. One date was canceled (18 December) and a pair of others didn't feature Godflesh, for unknown reasons, but the trio did play 25 dates in all. Not many accounts are detailed below, but one was filmed, at least most of the band's set. The tour appears to have hit New York City twice, the same venue even, but several days apart.
1994.10.30 Fresno, CA US Wilson Theater
1994.11.12 Mesa, AZ US Mesa Ampitheater
1994.11.13 Tucson, AZ US -unknown-
1994.11.15 Oklahoma City, OK US Roxy Music Hall
1994.11.17 Dallas, TX US Bomb Factory
1994.11.18 Houston, TX US International Ballroom
1994.11.19 San Antonio, TX US Sunken Garden Theater
1994.11.21 New Orleans, LA US State Palace Theater
1994.11.22 Atlanta, GA US International Ballroom
1994.11.23 Raleigh, NC US Civic Center
1994.11.25 New York, NY US Roseland
1994.11.26 Buffalo, NY US Armory
1994.11.28 New York, NY US Roseland
1994.11.29 Glen Burnie, MD US Michael's 8th Avenue
1994.12.01 Providence, RI US The Strand
1994.12.02 Boston, MA US Wallace Civic Center
1994.12.03 Philadelphia, PA US Tower Theater
1994.12.05 Detroit, MI US Michigan State Theater
1994.12.06 Indianapolis, IN US State Fair Expo Hall
1994.12.08 Dayton, OH US Hara Arena
1994.12.09 Chicago, IL US Riviera Theater
1994.12.10 Milwaukee, WI US Riverside Theater
1994.12.12 Denver, CO US Paramount Theater
1994.12.14 Salt Lake City, UT US Salt Air Pavilion
1994.12.16 San Jose, CA US Event Center
Details
Earliest known video appearance with Brain behind drums.
Media
Incomplete Setlist
  1. Xnoybis
  2. Bigot
  3. Spite
  4. Anything Is Mine
  5. Pure
  6. ?
1994.12.18 Portland, OR US Salemn Armory
Details
This show was canceled.
1995 / Winter / Europe
Details
An extensive, early 1995 tour spanned a number of days in Germany and abroad. This list is far from complete, once again owing a lot to Andreas Vondran and his details. A project called Think About Mutation opened all of the German dates, if not beyond and most dates likely featured the same setlist.
1995.??.?? Marseille FR -unknown-
Details
An audio bootleg of this show exists. The date, however, is unknown.
1995.01.30 Hamburg DE Marx
Details
See the entry for the 1st of February, 1995 for more information.
1995.02.01 Essen DE Zeche Carl

Setlist

  1. Xnoybis
  2. Bigot
  3. Spite
  4. Mothra
  5. Anything Is Mine
  6. Pure
  7. Body Dome Light
  8. Slavestate
  9. Toll
  10. Crush My Soul
  11. Christbait Rising
  12. E: Merciless

Review (by Andreas Vondran)

You can imagine that I was happy to see them in the Selfless tour as a two-man-band again. The sound was much better and it was brilliant. I enjoyed it as much as the shows in 1990. On this tour they used alongside their DAT a videomachine for additional visuals, it was great.

The new songs they played were Xynobis, Bigot, Anything Is Mine, Body Dome Light, Toll and Crush My Soul. And again they were able to make a sensational slow motion version of an old song, on this tour it was Christbait Rising, one of my favourites, incredible. The encore was Merciless, the Merciless 12" was just released. We were amazed when they told us after the show that the songs on Merciless are very old stuff in reality. The show was opened by the German noise band Think About Mutation. I do not like them but I remember very well because they opened almost every noise show in Germany at this time, e.g. a few days later I saw them again as opener for The Jesus Lizard.

1995.02.02 Berlin DE Loft
1995.02.03 Chemnitz DE AJZ Talschock
1995.02.04 Leipzig DE Conny Island
1995.02.05 Munich DE Strom
1995.02.24 Amsterdam NL Arena
Details
The same setlist as the prior show in Germany.

Setlist

  1. Xnoybis
  2. Bigot
  3. Spite
  4. Mothra
  5. Anything Is Mine
  6. Pure
  7. Body Dome Light
  8. Slavestate
  9. Toll
  10. Crush My Soul
  11. Christbait Rising
  12. E: Merciless
1995.02.24 Utrecht NL Ekko
Details
The same setlist as the prior show in Germany.

[YouTube link is audio only]

Setlist

  1. Xnoybis
  2. Bigot
  3. Spite
  4. Mothra
  5. Anything Is Mine
  6. Pure
  7. Body Dome Light
  8. Slavestate
  9. Toll
  10. Crush My Soul
  11. Christbait Rising
  12. E: Merciless

Review (by Andreas Vondran)

Unfortunately, always the same set. They told us they could play one more song Black Boned Angel, but they never did a second encore, that was a pity. On the tape is the record of a Dutch radio session including an interview with Godflesh and Xynobis. This session took place in Amsterdam, either on 24th or 25th February 1995.

In 1996 they supported Ministry on their German/Netherlands-Tour, and I only could see them once. There were several reasons for it: I got no chance to go backstage and to talk to them, because of the Ministry security rules; therefore no chance to be part on the guest lists for another show. On the other hand, because of Ministry the shows were very expensive and I don't like Ministry particularly. I would have almost missed them completely, because nobody knew that Godflesh was supporting act. It was neither on the placards nor announced somewhere else. Luckily I had got the information by internet. Even when I entered the club I did not know for sure whether it's true. Also the cashier had no clue. I paid and was very very happy to discover the Godflesh table with CDs and T-shirts inside. No tape unfortunately because my friend was very ill at this time.

1995.02.25 Het Bolwerk NL Sneek

Setlist

  1. Xnoybis
  2. Bigot
  3. Spite
  4. Mothra
  5. Anything Is Mine
  6. Pure
  7. Body Dome Light
  8. Slavestate
  9. Toll
  10. Crush My Soul
  11. Christbait Rising
Europe / Summer / 1996
Details
Godflesh returned to the road in the summer of 1996 in Europe before crossing the Atlantic to headline. They supported Ministry here, and while Al Jourgenson's outfit performed at several festivals, I'm not fully certain Godflesh apapeared at many of them. Some information here was verified through prongs.org/ministry. Certain dates are quite uncertain, so I've listed only those I feel confident Godflesh was at, knowing full well that there are likely errors and omissions here.
1996.06.17 Oberhausen DE Turbinenhalle

Setlist

  1. Blind
  2. Wake
  3. Dream Long Dead
  4. Bigot
  5. Circle Of Shit
  6. Angel Domain
  7. Weak Flesh

Review (by Andreas Vondran)

The set was amazing, a wild mix of old and new songs. I had never heard Blind before and it was great to hear new versions of old songs like Dream Long Dead and Weak Flesh. Songs Of Love And Hate was not released at this time, therefore it was the first time ever I heard the songs Wake, Circle Of Shit and Angel Domain. Of course, I was not very happy with the role of the band. They only played 35 minutes and were not loud enough. I had got the impression that Ministry wanted this effect for themselves, because their show was definitely too loud.

Luckily, there was an Open-air festival in Belgium without Ministry but with Godflesh. I can hardly remember the other bands (again because I did not like them) except 59 Times The Pain and Unsane (I love Unsane, therefore it was worth to travel to Belgium to see both bands in one show.)

1996.06.19 Berlin DE Arena Berlin
1996.06.20 Prague CZ Dzaban Campsite
Details
This was the Jam '96 Festival and featured Jesus Lizard, Bad Religion, Frank Black, Slut, Walltari and Nasrot in addition to the headliners, Ministry.
1996.06.22 Hamburg DE Gaswerk
1996.06.25 Stuttgart DE Congresscenter
1996.06.26 Offenbach DE Stadthalle
1996.06.28 Copenhagen DK Roskilde Festival
Details
The venue is unknown, but this was part of the Roskilde Festival and also featured, alongside headliners Ministry, Moloko, Moby, Dog Eat Dog, Massive Attack, Pulp, Black Grape and Underworld.

It's possible Godflesh did not perform at this festival.

1996.06.29 Herk-De-Stad BE Olmenhof
Details
While Godflesh was touring with Ministry, the latter appeared at the Waldrock Festival in the Netherlands this day and Godflesh headlined in Belgium instead. They added Spite to the setlist, which Andreas Vondran mentions was "also in a different version" as well as Crush My Soul. The

Media

[Not the best quality audio]

Setlist

  1. Blind
  2. Wake
  3. Spite
  4. Dream Long Dead
  5. Bigot
  6. Circle Of Shit
  7. Angel Domain
  8. Crush My Soul
  9. Weak Flesh
1996.07.02 Amsterdam NL Paradiso Club
Details
It's not certain as to whether Godflesh played alongside Ministry this evening.
1996.07.03 Tilburg NL Noorderlight Club
Details
It's not certain as to whether Godflesh played alongside Ministry this evening.
1996.07.07 Zurich CH Rote Fabrik Akionshalle
Details
Ministry canceled this evening and thus Godflesh performed a headlining set.
1996.07.10 Nuremburg DE Forum Club
Details
I have a pair of dates listed for this: the 8th and 10th of July. I'm not listing both as I believe one is in error. It's not certain as to whether Godflesh played alongside Ministry this evening.
1996.07.14 Brussels BE La Plaine De La Machine À Feu
Details
Setlist from Setlist.fm. This was part of the Dour Festival and featured Ministry, Young Gods, Jesus Lizard, Sugar Ray, Stereolab and Pitch Shifter among other bands.

Setlist

  1. Blind
  2. Wake
  3. Spite
  4. Dream Long Dead
  5. Bigot
  6. Circle Of Shit
  7. Angel Domain
  8. Crush My Soul
  9. Weak Flesh
1996.07.16 Paris FR Élysée Montmarte
1996.07.18 London UK Brixton Academy
Details
While Ministry played this show, Justin came down with food poisoning and Godflesh canceled the final two dates of the tour.
1996.07.19 Nottingham UK Rock City
Details
Like the 18th of July, Ministry played this show but Godflesh canceled due to Justin suffering from food poisoning.
1996 / Autumn / United States
Details
Several months after Songs Of Love And Hate was released, Godflesh headlined a run across the United States with Ted Parsons on live drums. This site was active by then so the number of first-hand accounts increased substantially and the date list is far more accurate than in the past. There are almost certainly still errors, however. In addition, I didn't keep track of venues in all cases back then, so that may require some additional research. Setlists were mostly the same throughout, with minor variances or sequence changes.
1996.11.09 Washington, DC US Capitol Ballroom
Review (by Kurt Gluck)
Godflesh is one my all time favorite acts around, and when I found out they would be headlining there own U.S. tour, I was ecstatic. They came to Washington D.C., playing the Capitol Ballroom at almost one in morning. They played a short but exciting show, with a highly mixed but repsonsive audience. The first thing we noticed was that the support band, V.O.D. had canceled. We never found out why. We saw upon arriving the trademark Marshall guitar amps Justin uses being trucked in, as Godflesh followed The Black Crowes show earlier in the day. We walked around for a bit, and the announcement came that they were to begin soon. The stage they played on was tiny, with barely enough room to fit everyone comfortably. Ted Parsons, new recruit formerly of Prong and the Swans, first entered the stage, Heiniken in hand and sat at a small drum kit. Then Ben and Justin walked on, Justin in a heavy hooded sweatshirt that was removed as soon as got on and picked up his guitar. He took a while to set up a row of chainlinked pedals, then popped in the ADAT and after a quick test of the machine, swung full force into Wake,the first track from the new album. Justin's voice was absolutely destroyed, however, making for the only disappointment of the evening. They continued straight through the new album, with Justin's strange halftime headbanging and incredible guitar playing making up for his loss of vocals. The band then played the first two cuts off of Pure, and the moshers were in full force during Mothra, which really benefited from having a live drummer.

They played some more songs from SoLaH, and played favorites from Selfless, including Crush My Soul which had a rave-y light strobing show. Justin pushed his guitar to the limit during the end of the song, making it scream and sound as tortured as possible.

The set ended with the audience clamoring for old material, and Godflesh obliged, playing an incredible version of Christbait Rising. To end, Ben and Ted walked off, leaving Justin playing the guitar outro. Setting his guitar on the floor feeding back, Justin bent over to manipulate his pedals. Justin Broadrick is truly a magical figure on stage, and once again every eye in the audience was riveted upon him as he delightedly sent wave after wave of noise issuing out. The result after several minutes was a peaceful chain reaction that ping-ponged back and forth between two vibrating strings, and faded out as he walked off.

Godflesh off stage were just as enjoyable as the were on. Talking to Ben, he relates that he is happy to come the United States, after hearing our thanks he responded "our pleasure". He signs ticket stubs, and then heads back. Justin Broadrick is smiling happily as he signs things, and is still atired in ratty adidas sneakers, camouflage pants, and a "Rosie and Jimi" t-shirt. He discusses the remixes he hopes to have out by early next year, fields our questions, and signs things. He apologises for his loss of voice, and when he speaks with you, he leans over, puts his arm around you, and whispers conspiratorially to you, with a smile. Godflesh are truly cool people, and the experience of seeing them onstage and off was worth a million times the price of admission.

1996.11.10 Danbury, CT US Tuxedo Junction
Review (Snippet by Jeff Wheeler)
Then Godflesh took the stage. I had never really had a grasp on how big Justin was until he walked by me towards the stage earlier in the night. He's what 6'2"? 6'3"? After looking at the photo on the self- titled disc, I would have thought him to be a lot smaller, but I digress. Ripping through a trio of tunes from the new CD, they were on their way for an hour long sonic joyride filled with feedback, samples and crushing energy. There was more excitement and life put into the songs than a CD could ever capture, Anything Is Mine is the only track from Selfless that even approached harnessing the power in the music, and live it simply exploded. Even the closers from Streetcleaner had a resounding feel that could only come from a live performance. The drumming was good, and it was nice to see Ted Parsons back in action.
1996.11.11 New York, NY US Wetlands
Review (Snippet by Benjamin Hudgins)
Wetlands is a relatively small venue, so there wasn't much room for fancy effects, etc. So Justin and GC just didn't bother. They came on stage and kicked in our heads. It was fantastic.

Great pit, too. Always a bonus.

1996.11.13 Cleveland, OH US Peabody's Down Under
Review (by Damon Gregg)
With news of an ominous snowstorm headed towards Cleveland that night, my friend and I braved the hour and fifteen minute drive from Akron to Cleveland. Supposedly going to get 8 to 16 inches of snow in four hours we hoped that the show wouldn't get canceled. The drive wasn't bad at all, but we left extremely early. We got there at 7:15 p.m. and just walked right in without tickets. Looking around we saw Justin on the drums setting up the soundcheck and Benny Green sitting on a bar stool watching the soundcheck. We went over and talked with Mr. Green for about ten minutes asking questions about the band and just giving him general teen idoltry. He went up and set up his bass system, running his Fender bass through a Boss Heavy Metal pedal? and into his Ampeg bass stack.

Justin then set up his Marshall stack and ran his line through a Boss Digital Sampler/Delay, a Boss Pitch Shifter/Delay, a Boss Heavy Metal pedal, and a Crybaby Wah pedal. His sound and tone was incredible. We soon were kicked out to let the other bands set up and to set up the ticket line. When they let us back in from the VERY cold outside, we came in and got autographs from Mr. Green, Mr. Broadrick, and Ted Parsons formally of Prong. Mr. Parsons was sporting a cast on his foot from a fall off the bus in D.C. "It was just one of those things..." he said.

Godflesh was up next. Peabody's was packed with about 250 plus people all waiting to get violent to Godflesh. They came out at 11:25 and everyone went crazy. Ted set off the beginning sample off of Wake and Justin let his guitar feedback to it. When he started, the entire place went nuts. The entire concert was one big pit. My friend and I were in front of the stage trying not to get crushed from the bodies behind us. They then played another song off of Songs Of Love And Hate, Sterile Prophet. Another great response from the crowd. Before they started, we saw the set list. [shown below]

After they played Christbait Rising with its mesmerizing ending riff, Justin played around with feedback, delay, and pitchshifting and let out sounds never heard on this earth that rumbled out of his Marshall halfstack. How ironic that even though Slo Bob (opening band) had bigger and louder equipment, Godflesh obviously blew them out of existence. The encore only had one song, Like Rats, and the crowd showed Godflesh what it means to play in the Rock and Roll Capitol of the World. At the end of Like Rats, Justin let off a barrage of high pitch frequency noise which blew out almost everyone's ears (boy did that hurt but well worth the tinnitus). He gave out a final goodbye to Cleveland and left the stage. They had to leave early for some unknown reason (methinks it was the blizzard that occurred as we left Peabody's) to get down to Cincinati for the next show on the 14th. Godflesh delivered, and hopefully they will return back to Cleveland on their next tour of the states. I will never forget this concert ever and not just because of the severe tinnitus I have right as we speak. INCREDIBLE....

Setlist

  1. Wake
  2. Sterile Prophet
  3. Spite
  4. Mothra
  5. Crush My Soul
  6. Anything is Mine
  7. Hunter
  8. Amoral
  9. Time Death and Wastefulness
  10. Christbait Rising
  11. E: Like Rats
1996.11.14 Cincinnati, OH US Bogarts
Review (by Neil Gogate)
Godflesh hasn't been to Cincinnati in a long time... and i hope they never show up at the club they did again. They played a great show, but the security staff at bogart's in cincinnati, i could have done without... Vision Of Disorder was again, nowhere to be found, but the Electric Hellfire Club opened for them. Interesting satanic dance music, but i wasn't there for them... I was there for Godflesh. i have missed them at least 5 times, so far, so there was no way that i was going to miss this show. Justin, Benny and Ted entered the stage and i have to say...I had no idea Justin was that tall...he is huge as fuck! They opened with Wake, Sterile Prophet and Circle Of Shit from the new album. They went back in time and played Spite and Mothra from Pure, before coming back to Crush My Soul from Selfless. They proceeded on, thrashingly and enticing the crowd with Time, Death, And Wastefulness, Amoral from the new album, and Anything Is Mine, again from Selfless. The band came back with Hunter and a rousing Christbait Rising from Streetcleaner. As the band left the stage, deafening shouts of "Godflesh, Godflesh" poured out and the band re-entered to play out, what many had asked for in the first place...the song Like Rats. A great fuckin' show, but the staff at this club sucked-ass...even the bands seemed to be having problems with the way the club was handling things. In talking with justin after the show, he said that the band is really pleased with the way the album has turned out...and so far, it is receiving a great response from people.
1996.11.19 Chicago, IL US Empty Bottle
1996.11.20 Lawrence, KS US -unknown-
1996.11.22 Salt Lake City, UT US -unknown-
1996.11.26 Seattle, WA US The Fenix
Review (by Dora Mitchell)
When Justin, Ben, and Ted Parsons swung into Wake the audience moved in a way I've rarely seen at concerts--they swelled and broke like waves against the front of the stage. Equally intriguing was the variety of styles of the audience's dancing; while some moshed and thrashed and bounced up and down frenetically, others swam and reached and slithered in rapture. The impact of the music was purely personal, bordering on the sacred, but with such energy that one's body tried to radiate it all back however it could.

Godflesh played a fair sampling of material from all their LPs, sticking mainly with the more crushing songs and avoiding the ambient. I was barely disappointed. With Parsons on drums Mothra gained new life, and it showed on Justin's ecstatic face. Ben remained fairly sedate on his corner of the stage, leaning back and tapping his foot to his solid buzzing rhythms. Meanwhile Justin shrank down, bounced up on the balls of his feet, whipped his head around, bellowed into the microphone, and otherwise dumped all the power coiled up in his wiry frame right onto the stage. The band wrapped up their set with Christbait Rising. Justin hardly needed to sing, because the words were screamed back at him just shy of the volume all the venue's amps provided Justin. Then Ben and Ted left the stage while Justin played variations on the final riff, ending by feeding harmonics into his effects and amp to create dense feedback patterns. He set down his guitar, left the stage, and let the guitar squeal. I have no idea what was going through the minds of the rest of the audience, although their wondrous stares gave me ideas. As for myself, I realized Justin had discovered the musical equivalent of fractals, and was showing us an aural Julia set--each tone revealed a deeper layer of subtones, feeding one another, dying off, and giving birth to new sounds.

The audience wouldn't leave until Godflesh came back out--which they did. For their encore they launched into Like Rats, and made it sound heavier than I had ever heard it before. Again the audience rivaled Justin's voice. Again we were crushed. And again the guitar sang at the end, alone yet full of awe, as Justin wished us peace and made his exit.

1996.11.29 San Francisco, CA US Trocadero
1996.12.03 Jacksonville, FL US The Milk Bar
This night's show was cancelled. The following is the information provided by an individual named Convulse. For reference, CWA was the local opening act.

"CWA, which in actuality stands for Crackers With Attitudes, a play on the old school rap group NWA, but introduced themselves as Citizens With Arguments, played a short and very forgettable set. Towards the end, the very obnoxious singer begain making cracks that Godflesh was satanic and that they were out back sacrificing goats. The PA was very poorly mixed, though, and half of what he said wasn't audible, when the rest of the group was playing. The small crowd, playing off of his obnoxiousness, begain making the sign of the devil and chanting "Hail Satan", to try and get him to shut up or act stupid. It was relatively minor. "

"Then, they left, but not before the guitarist screeched "SATAN" into the microphone. Right when he stepped offstage, something happened, and a crowd gathered, evidently a fight. It broke up, eventually, and everyone resumed waiting for Godflesh.

Eventually, an English man came onstage, dressed in black, took a microphone and announced that Godflesh would not be playing, that the drummer had been "beaten" and no one was in any condition to play."

"There was only one fight, which consisted of a shove to the CWA singer administered by Mr Parsons, but not before calling him a "fucking punk" (which is disputable...someone said to me that there was no shove, and Ted himself said that he just asked the guy what his problem was...) then the singer punched our erstwhile drummer in the face and ran back on stage to brag about it. Justin just stood in the corner watching what was going on, and no one knew what Ben was doing."

[Note:] Unfortunately, that show was cancelled, as was the following night's show in Winter Park Fl. Fortunately, the next night's in Tampa, went on, but the setlist seemed a little (lot?) shorter than the earlier ones. For the few days following this event, many of us feared the remainder of the tour was to be cancelled, but fortunately, it wasn't the case.

1996.12.04 Winter Park, FL US -unknown-
Canceled show. See 3 December, 1996 for more details.
1996.12.05 Houston, TX US The Abyss

Media

Setlist

  1. Wake
  2. Sterile Prophet
  3. Circle Of Shit
  4. Mothra
  5. Crush My Soul
  6. Time, Death, And Wastefulness
  7. Hunter
  8. Anything Is Mine
  9. Christbait Rising
  10. Like Rats
1996.12.06 New Orleans, LA US -unknown-
1996.12.09 Tampa, FL US The Rubb
Details
I have this date listed as the 5th, but other records show the 9th. I'm listing the latter even though it may be incorrect.
1996.12.12 Huntington, WV US Drop Shop
1996.12.14 Cohoes, NY US Saratoga Winners
This was the show I attended, my first time seeing the band. More to come.
1996.12.15 Boston, MA US The Rathskellar
1997 / Godflesh Sound System / London
Details
Godflesh only played one date in 1997, an early-October show in London. This evening was dubbed Godflesh Sound System and featured Justin on electronics, Ben on basas and a pair of guest musicians. This was a very unique and special night, one that has not been recreated since despite initial plans to do so.

The additional players were none other than Diarmuid Dalton on moog and Steve Hough on guitar.

The former is long-time collaborator and friend of Justin's, playing with Cable Regime, Final, Jesu, Line, Saskwatch, Grey Machine, Iroha and Council Estate Electronics to name a few.

Steve Hough worked on several of those with Dalton (Cable Regime and Saskwatch) as well as Einstellung, etc. Both helped out on the 1999 Godflesh tour as well. While I don't have any setlists, we have a pair of reviews from those fortunate enough to witness that special night. Read on!

1997.10.04 London UK The Garage
Review (Terrorizer Magazine (Issue #48 / November 1997))
When an opportunity to deviate from one's usual path of HipHop reviews comes by, it's like a welcome breath of fresh air. Tonight saw the birth of a new era in the ongoing chronicles of Godflesh, whose musical journeys are reeking ever more of dope Hip Hop cutz and beatz; a feeling, definitely compounded after the evening's events. In what is to be the sole live performance of remix album Love And Hate In Dub, headz were provided with an insight into what real, rough, rugged and raw cutting-edge extreme music is. These are fucked up sounds and ridiculous samples mechanically abrasive to the very core, so manipulatively dark and so industriously hard that they slice through you like gladd shards. Pungent ear-splitting acidity soared from the spitting moog as the guitarist strangled a thousand contorted frequencies from his tool while the thunderous boom of heavy-weight blackheart HipHop doombeats made teeth clatter and bowels spasm and splatter. If this was a HipHop or Phat Beat session then the Godflesh artillery would have blown all competition out of the water.

The live rendering of Love and Hate in Dub represented the remix project while also exploding on to virginal planes of arritional brutality. If this was deemed to be a one-off novel approach to live performance that's too bad, because the shit was down. It was a monumental representation of some of the illest, unadulterated barbaric sound art witnessed yet and all the more impressive for the fact that Godflesh Sound System kicked in the face of adversity by overcoming the mammoth technical problems earlier in the evening.

Review (by Gavin Toomey)
Godflesh tonight featured a hooded Justin operating a portable mixing desk and Ben on bass. A lead guitarist to cover for Justin and an elusive guy at the back with a moog synth were guests. Tracks from Love And Hate In Dub were cut up, distorted, and mutated live by Justin. Drum and bass cuts to silence and offset samples are thrown in the mix. By the end of the gig, the true "experimental" side of Godflesh had taken over. Beats were overloaded with moog white noise and feedback. Justin's knob twiddling threw the most intense, scraping noisescapes around the venue. By this point Ben had dropped the bass and was at the mixing desk with Justin. Both were playing with samples and fx while the two guest musicians improvised. The best Godflesh gig I've seen since '92. Their sound continues to evolve...
1999 / Summer / Europe
Details
Godflesh played throughout Europe on a pair of stints in 1999, the first being a summertime jaunt. I only know of a handful of these dates, but they almost certainly played more extensively throughout the continent in support of Us And Them.
1999.07.02 London UK The Garage
Setlist
  1. Love Is A Dog From Hell
  2. I, Me, Mine
  3. Us And Them
  4. Circle Of Shit
  5. Witchhunt
  6. Sterile Prophet
  7. Spite
  8. Crush My Soul
  9. Christbait Rising
Review (by Billy Chainsaw (Kerrang Magazine / 27 July, 1999))
It's the kind of night that should have had a warning posted at the door: 'Surrender all hope, all ye that enter'

Sonic upstarts Leechwoman open with a set of what they do best: primal,sense scorching,beatific songs accompanied by retina-wrenching visuals. They're the perfect mood stimulator for what follows. As the room is filled with smoke, the crowd stands eyes fixed on the stage. A buzz envelops the gloom, indicating that some of Satan's finest are indeed in the house - Justin Broadrick and Benny Green, and the hellacious-noise-beast Godflesh (tonight augmented by Dermot Dalton on synth and four track, and Steve Hough on guitar). The intor pulse of I, Me, Mine sounds like Hell bubbling over, and even before Broadrick has primal screamed the chorus, the crowd become an uncontrollable mass of slamming bodies. Godflesh create an ugly ,yet beautiful sound that remains constant and unrelenting throughout the likes of Mogadon moodswinger Us And Them, the big beat ferocity of Endgames, and starkly named gargantuan groover Circle of Shit.

It's an overwhelming, empowering performance, and one that would've entered the hallowed annals of classicdom were the sound not so hit-and-miss. However , the crowd show no signs of either noticing or caring, because every time that sound does fuck up, it still somehow manages to metamorphisise into something of sonic magnificance. By the time Godflesh exit stage-left in a tidal wave of feedback, the congregation are truly mentally and physically drained, and all wearing shit-eating grins. As well they should, having just experienced an ultra-rare set by England's finest noise makers.

Review (by Andy Capper (NME.com))
Tonight is a rare outing for industrial rock hermits Godflesh. Their first gig in four years [slateman's note: it was hardly more than a year and a half] has brought all the old-school noise-freaks out of the woodwork for a nostalgic evening of sonic brutality. And it's good to see that the 'Flesh are still as uncompromising - and unlistenable - as ever.

Set opener I, Me, Mine sounds like The Prodigy drowning in acid, but its relentless drum'n'bass rhythms coupled with frontman Justin Broadrick's tortured screams make Liam Howlett's crew sound more like Steps.

And have we mentioned the guitars yet? Because this is where Godflesh prove they're head and shoulders above the rest of their dance/noise contemporaries. They're played like instruments of torture by the master of the dungeon, rather than a traditional heavy metal band. It's the sound of rusty nails and bleeding wrists.

Obviously, for casual fans of the noise-rock genre, this full-on live experience is a somewhat torturous one, especially as the sound desk doesn't seem quite sure how to best represent their nightmarish visions of eternal suffering.

You could say they remain an acquired taste.

[slateman's note #2:...what a useless review]

1999.07.09 Eindhoven NL Effenaar
Media
Audio Download [128kbps MP3 : 47mb]
Setlist
  1. I, Me, Mine
  2. Us And Them
  3. Endgames
  4. Circle Of Shit (Version)
  5. Witchhunt
  6. Bittersweet
  7. Whose Truth Is Your Truth
  8. Gift From Heaven (Version)
  9. Spite (Version)
  10. Headdirt (Version)
Review (by Andreas Vondran)
Kevin Martin was with them. He was the DJ before Godflesh started (nice to hear Techno Animal and other related stuff). Moreover he was the soundmixer of Godflesh.

Although Ted Parson was not with them (he is moving to Norway, by the way), Godflesh played with four people on stage:

Alongside Justin and Benny the played with Steve Hough and Dermot Dalton. (both from Cable Regime) Steve played second guitar, Dermot controlled the samples, tapes and made additional noise through a Moog synthesizer. That means no live drummer and Dermot does not play second guitar (as indicated in some interviews) but Steve Hough does.

They played for about an hour.

With the exception Nail (due to technical problems) they played all my favourites from Us And Them. I love the songs live as well. Especially Whose Truth Is Your Truth was great in comparison with the cd-version, where I did not like it that much.

They started with the first three songs from it in the same order. Then a version of Circle Of Shit, it was the To The Point Dub remix from LaHiD, but with the complete lyrics from the orginal version.

Then another three songs from the new CD, before they closed the evening with old songs in new mixes. Gift From Heaven (seems to be identical with the Breakbeat version of LaHiD, Spite (also with some additional beats and noises). The final song was Headdirt. It is always great to hear songs from my favourite Streetcleaner-album. Of course this one was also a strange version with a lot of beats and additonal drums.

How to assess the show? I would not say it was the best show I have ever seen, but it was great anyway. The development is obviously. The guitars and the bass are more and more in the background, but the beats and drums are heavier than ever. The role is definied as well when you look at Kevin Martin. He played within the show, he always push and moved the pitches and knobs, added hundreds of effects in the sound (especially on Justin's voice). Hell, it was LOUD! The mixing desk shows that they played up to 110 decibel. Kevin loves to bring the equipment and the sound to its maximum. It is definitely not the old Godflesh style, but if you like a loud, powerful and violent noise show, Godflesh is the still best I can imagine.

1999.07.11 -unknown- BE Dour Festival
Setlist
  1. Love Is A Dog From Hell
  2. I, Me, Mine
  3. Us And Them
  4. Circle Of Shit
  5. Witchhunt
  6. Sterile Prophet
  7. Spite
  8. Crush My Soul
  9. Christbait Rising
1999.07.15 Derby UK Victoria Inn
Setlist
  1. Love Is A Dog From Hell
  2. I, Me, Mine
  3. Us And Them
  4. Circle Of Shit
  5. Witchhunt
  6. Sterile Prophet
  7. Spite
  8. Crush My Soul
  9. Christbait Rising
1999.07.16 Cheltenham UK Axiom Arts Centre
1999 / November / Europe
Details
The band did a short stint throughout Europe in November of 1999. For this tour, Ted Parsons played drums, a first for a full tour in Europe, I believe, and Diarmuid Dalton was present on synth.

The tour lasted two weeks, to my knowledge, both starting and ending in France, unless I have my last date incorrect.

1999.11.10 Paris FR -unknown-
1999.11.12 Amien FR -unknown-
1999.11.12 Calais FR Maison Pour Tous
Setlist
  1. Love Is A Dog From Hell
  2. I, Me, Mine
  3. Us And Them
  4. Circle Of Shit
  5. Witchhunt
  6. Sterile Prophet
  7. Spite
  8. Crush My Soul
  9. Christbait Rising
Review (by Andreas Vondran)
I just came back from France. I did a four hours drive (through Netherlands and Belgium) to see Godflesh with a live drummer for the first time in Europe. The show was not in Dunkerque as indicated in the web, but in Calais. The venue was called "Maison pour tous". There were two French bands supporting named Jailbird and Dee'n'Dee. The line up was Justin, Ben , Dermot Dalton (Synth) and Ted Parsons.
1999.11.13 Besanco FR -unknown-
1999.11.14 Lyon FR -unknown-
1999.11.16 Geneva CH L'Usine
1999.11.17 Bern CH Reitschule
1999.11.18 Lucern CH Sedel
1999.11.19 Trevis IT New Age
1999.11.20 Florence IT Flog Poggetto
1999.11.21 Biella IT Babylonia
1999.11.23 Mulhouse FR -unknown-
2000 / Spring / Ireland
Details
I only know of three dates in the spring of 2000, all in Ireland. It likely was a quick one-off mini tour. Unfortunately, I don't have any other details about these dates.

Ted Parsons played with the band for these dates.

2000.04.06 Belfast IE Aunt Annie's
Details
My records show this as the 6th of April, but it could be the 4th. Videos suggest the latter.

Media

Setlist

  1. I, Me, Mine
  2. Us And Them
  3. Circle Of Shit
  4. Witchhunt
  5. Sterile Prophet
  6. Spite
  7. Crush My Soul
  8. Christbait Rising
  9. Love Is A Dog From Hell
  10. Headdirt
2000.04.07 Cork IE Nancy Spains
2000.04.08 Dublin IE Temple Bar
2001 / Autumn / Final Tour / Europe
Details
Ben Green left the band in October of 2001, a decision that had been brewing for quite some time. As early as 1993, when he played with Robert Hampson on Main's Motion Pool record, he claims he'd planned to quit being a musician altogether, though that didn't happen till much later." (source) However, it was abrupt news, at least to fans, when it was announced, virtually on the eve of the late-2001 European tour. The first date was the 5th of November and news hit in late October. Sitting in for him was Paul Raven, formerly of Prong and fellow bandmate of Ted Parsons.

This European tour saw the band opening for Fear Factory with Devin Townsend also on the bill. Turnout was slim for Godflesh and as promoters prepared an American tour in the spring of 2001, Justin felt the pressure of this newfound trajectory, one without Ben Green. This would ultimately be the band's final tour before reuniting almost a decade later. The final show in Ireland was recorded and can be listened to below, replete with a Killing Joke cover song (another project Raven was involved in).

2001.11.05 Newcastle UK University
2001.11.06 Nottingham UK Rock City
2001.11.08 London UK Astoria
2001.11.09 London UK Astoria
2001.11.11 Antwerp BE Hof Ter Lo
2001.11.12 Paris FR Montmartre
2001.11.13 Tilburg NL 013
2001.11.14 Amsterdam NL Melkweg
2001.11.15 Hengelo NL Metropool
2001.11.17 Copenhagen DK Vega
2001.11.18 Hamburg DE Makthalle
2001.11.19 Hannover DE Capitol
2001.11.20 Chemnitz DE Kraftwerk
2001.11.22 Cologne DE Live Music Hall
2001.11.23 Nurnberg DE Z-Bau
2001.11.24 Herford DE Kick
2001.11.26 Munich DE Babylon
2001.11.27 Pratatein CH Z7
2001.11.28 Montpellier FR Rock Store
2001.11.29 Lyon FR CCO
2001.11.30 Paris FR Trabendo
2001.12.02 Eindhoven NL Effenaar
2001.12.03 Norwich UK Waterfront
2001.12.05 London UK Mean Fiddler
Details
This was part of the Kerrang Fest. Fear Factory did not perform this night. Kill II This was the third act alongside Devin Townsend.
2001.12.06 Manchester UK Hop & Grape
2001.12.07 Sheffield UK Leadmill
2001.12.08 Nottingham UK Rock City
Details
The band played here a month prior earlier in the tour. Not sure if that's a mistake or if they indeed performed two nights.
2001.12.09 Glasgow UK Cathouse
2001.12.10 Dublin IE Ambassador Theater
Details
The band's final show until their reunion, with Ben Green, many years later.

Media

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Setlist

  1. Requiem
  2. Defeated
  3. Deaf, Dumb, Blind
  4. Voidhead
  5. Spite
  6. Crush My Soul
  7. Christbait Rising
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