This is an archive item from Supersonic 2023

Birmingham legends and pioneers of heavy industrial sound, Godflesh return to Supersonic Festival for our 20th anniversary, bringing their down-tuned guitars and oozing sonic-manifestations of concrete tower blocks; cold, grey flyovers and nihilistic angst. 


Justin K Broadrick has a longstanding relationship with our festival, as Supersonic have presented (and premiered) a number of his musical projects over the years. After leaving the ranks of Head of David in 1988 (having previously done time in the early days of Napalm Death), Justin wasted no time in setting up a new outfit that was arguably as epoch-defining as Napalm. Teaming up with bassist Benny Green, their new act, Godflesh, saw the hyper-speed facets of Napalm Death turned on its head with slower tempos taking pride of place in their musical offerings, laced with a tangible sense of urban decay. To this day Godflesh are revered  by many of the artists that have performed at Supersonic. This performance in their hometown will surely bound to staking their claim as true musical innovators of Industrial Metal. 


 “local veterans Godflesh, whose tinny drum machine acts like a wretched treadmill, locking them into industrial nightmares of ratcheting intensity.”
The Guardian