Godflesh Outside Stage 1, Baltimore MD May 25
Published May 26, 2012English industrial metal legends Godflesh made an exclusive North American appearance at this year's MDF, and to call it the highlight of the entire fest (including the bands yet to perform) would be a severe understatement. The night sky and a billowing smoke machine set the mood as the crowd waited for Godflesh's iconic drum machine beats, and the excellent sound of which surpassed expectations. Watching the phenomenal frontman Justin K. Broadrick perform live in and of itself made the trip to Maryland entirely worth it, as he was on point as soon as the duo kicked into "Like Rats" to start off their set, which was perfect in every way. Continuing with tracks from their classic 1989 album, Streetcleaner, Broadrick and bassist G.C. Green rolled through the rhythm-laden "Christbait Rising," as well as "Streetcleaner," "Life Is Easy" and "Tiny Tears." The experience was surreal, as Godflesh transitioned to their Pure material, including "Spite" and "Mothra." They performed the powerful "Crush My Soul" from 1994's Selfless, before ending with the groovy "Slateman," which Broadrick finished with some dramatic feedback before bowing to the overzealous crowd. "Thank you so much," he said, "It's been 16 years." If there's one word that can describe Godflesh's set, it's heavy.