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adamclark52 06-14-2013 07:34 PM

The Recorded History of Napalm Death

Napalm Death. This band has such a varied and colorful history that they deserve a thread of their own. And they have a LOT of albums. Napalm Death are one of my favorite bands but truth be told I never got into them until way later in my life. I’d heard of them in the mid-to-early 1990s but never bought anything by them until 2006’s Smear Campaign. Upon hearing that album I thought to myself, [I]“why haven’t I been listening to this band?”[/I]. Their recorded output has had some ups and downs but ultimately all their material is quality material. That’s why I won’t be scoring the albums. Even the “worst” Napalm Death album is better than whatever you’re listening to now. I’m going to cover the core albums here and some of the more essential EPs. They’ve got a lot of material to cover, as you’ll see. And again, truth be told I haven’t heard it all. There are two studio albums I’ve heard very little from but I’ll figure out how to do a write-up when I get to them (EDIT: July 18th, 2013; I've heard them now). And I've skipped on a lot of the live stuff since I never buy live albums (EDIT: July 18th, 2013; I've since gotten one of their live albums). You should just go see Napalm Death live since they still tear shit up today. I just saw them two weeks ago and they were fantastic.

I've also included links in the tracklisting for albums to any music videos I've come across by the band. I always found their videos to be unintentionally hilarious since the video never syncs up with the music, especially when Barney's singing. But I also find that aspect of the videos to be fucking awesome, further demonstrating how fucking awesome Napalm Death are. And it doesn't hurt that Barney is, by all accounts, one of the nicest guys in metal. What's not to love about this band?

adamclark52 06-14-2013 07:39 PM


Released on July 1st, 1987
Label: Earache

Side One:
Nicholas Bullen (as Nik Napalm) – vocals, bass
Justin Broadrick – guitar, vocals on [I]Polluted Minds[/I]
Mick Harris – drums
Side Two:
Lee Dorrian – vocals
Bill Steer – guitar
Jim Whitely – bass
Mick Harris – drums

Side One
1. Multinational Corporations
2. Instinct of Survival
3. The Kill
4. Scum
5. Caught…in a Dream
6. Polluted Minds
7. Sacrificed
8. Siege of Power
9. Control
10. Born on Your Knees
11. Human Garbage
12. You Suffer

Side Two
13. Life?
14. Prison without Walls
15. Point of No Return
16. Negative Approach
17. Success?
18. Deceiver
19. C.S.
20. Parasites
21. Pseudo Youth
22. Divine Death
23. As the Machine Rolls On
24. Common Enemy
25. Moral Crusade
26. Stigmatized
27. M.A.D.
28. Dragnet

The infamous debut album. Most people say that Scum is their favorite album by Napalm Death. Some people are probably telling the truth but I think some people just say that because they think it’s cool to say as such. Or they’ve just never heard too much of their other stuff so they just default to this. I’m a huge fan but I wouldn’t even say that it’s in my top five Napalm Death albums. It’s probably the lesser of their grindcore albums. It does have some of their best songs (from the grindcore era) but it has really shoddy production that drags it down a bit for me. Granted, it was recorded on a budget of probably zero dollars well over twenty five years ago so that’s forgivable. But the fact that it’s got basically two different bands on each half makes it sound really inconsistent too. I think if this album were recorded today, by today’s line-up of Napalm Death with today’s technology it would be one of the greatest albums of all-time. They still play a lot of these songs live and they sound a lot more ferocious. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them play [I]Multinational Corporations, the Kill, Scum, Siege of Power, Control, You Suffer, Life? Deceiver[/I] and [I]M.A.D.[/I] over the four shows I’ve seen them play and if you were to see them you’re pretty much guaranteed to hear five or six as well. It contains their “most famous” song; [I]You Suffer[/I], which is praised by noobs for being the one second song. That’s cool enough but there are better songs on this album and better super-short songs on their next album. It is essential for what it is. Bands do this all the time now but I’m sure in 1987 it was pretty revolutionary and unheard of. After leaving the band (after recording side one) Nicholas Bullen went on to form Scorn while Justin Broadrick went on to form Godflesh. Nicholas Bullen was the founding member of Napalm Death. So yes, there hasn’t been an “original” member in Napalm Death since the first half of their first album.
Favorite Song: [I][URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkzibXbPwnk"]the Kill[/URL][/I]

adamclark52 06-14-2013 07:48 PM


[U][B]From Enslavement to Obliteration + the Curse EP[/B][/U]
Released on September 16th, 1988
Label: Earache

Lee Dorrian – vocals
Bill Steer – guitar
Shane Embury – bass
Mick Harris – drums

1. Evolved as One
2. It’s a M.A.N.S. World!
3. Lucid Fairytale
4. Private Death
5. Impressions
6. Unchallenged Hate
7. Uncertainty Blurs the Vision
8. Cock-Rock Alienation
9. Retreat to Nowhere
10. Thank for a Minute
11. Display to Me…
12. From Enslavement to Obliteration
13. Blind to the Truth
14. Social Sterility
15. Emotional Suffocation
16. Practice What You Preach
17. Inconceivable?
18. Worlds Apart
19. Obstinate Direction
20. Mentally Murdered
21. Sometimes
22. Make Way!
23. Musclehead (from the Curse EP)
24. Your Achievement? (from the Curse EP)
25. Dead (from the Curse EP)
26. Morbid Deceiver (from the Curse EP)
27. The Curse (from the Curse EP)

Of their early grindcore albums I prefer this album. While it doesn’t have as many memorable songs as Scum it does have consistency. It still sounds a little crappy but at least the same band recorded the whole album. It’s pretty brutal stuff so know what you’re getting into before you listen to this. To say you like one song more than another can be hard since they are mostly just noise. But it's awesome. I like [I]Uncertainty Blurs the Vision[/I] most just because it has such a warped guitar solo. I can't remember but I think it's the only guitar solo in the entire Napalm Death library, There are a few songs you’d still hear today if you saw them live. The title track is a staple and I’m pretty sure I saw them play [I]It’s a M.A.N.S. World[/I] once. The Curse EP is included with most pressings of the album and it has two of my favorite Napalm Death grindcore songs: [I]Your Achievement?[/I] and [I]Dead[/I]. [I]Your Achievement?[/I] (six seconds) and [I]Dead[/I] (five seconds) are way better super short blasts than [I]You Suffer[/I] since they can almost actually be considered songs. [I]Dead[/I] pretty much sounds like how I feel most days. Shane Embury joined the band on this album, starting his tenure as the longest serving member of Napalm Death.
Favorite Song: [I][URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDuGb4SiiH8"]Uncertainty Blurs the Vision[/URL][/I]

adamclark52 06-14-2013 08:03 PM


[U][B]Mentally Murdered EP[/B][/U]
Released on August 29th, 1989
Label: Earache


1. Rise Above
2. The Missing Link
3. Mentally Murdered (different version)
4. Walls of Confinement
5. Cause and Effect
6. No Mental Effort

The band started their transition from grindcore to death metal on this EP. The recording quality is much better and the songs are all much longer (for them) and less “noise”. You can even make out most of the riffs. It’s a good little EP. If you like Symphonies Of Sickness-era Carcass you’ll like this. After this EP Lee Dorrian left the band to form Cathedral and Bill Steer went on to continue Carcass (he was already in the band when he joined Napalm Death, he just played with both).
Best Song: [I][URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDQIDvDeQZw&list=PL656F4E84B98A0643"]Rise Above[/URL][/I]

adamclark52 06-14-2013 08:12 PM


[U][B]Harmony Corruption[/B][/U]
Released on September 3rd, 1990
Label: Combat/Earache

Mark “Barney” Greenway – vocals
Mitch Harris – guitar
Jesse Pintado – guitar
Shane Embury – bass
Mick Harris – drums
John Tardy (of Obituary) and Glen Benton (of Deicide) - guest vocals on [I]Unfit Earth[/I]

1. Vision Conquest
2. In the Truth Be Known
3. Inner Incineration
4. Malicious Intent
5. Unfit Earth
6. Circle of Hypocrisy
7. The Chains that Bind Us
8. Mind Snare
9. Extremity Retained
10. [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw_Ob9Wye18"]Suffer the Children[/URL]
11. Hiding Behind (Bonus Track)

A total one eighty for the band, largely due to the member changes. Pretty much only the rhythm section from the previous album stayed in place and two new guitarists were introduced. And most importantly, this album marks the debut of Barney with the band. They went from grindcore to the most primal death metal I’ve ever heard. Cannibal Corpse and Jungle Rot are pretty primitive but this is just caveman sounding. It’s honestly one of my least favorite Napalm Death albums. The production is still really crappy (the drums sound like shit) and the songs are just a little too long and not very memorable. Three minutes is perfect for Napalm Death and they blow over that quite a few times here. And it seems to be one of their most popular albums, who’d have guessed. I think it was even number twenty five in Decibel Magazines top one hundred death metal albums, and that was a pretty awesome list that you could live by. [I]Suffer the Children[/I] is still a live staple but aside from that I wouldn’t expect to ever hear them play anything else from this album.
Favorite Song: [I][URL="napalm death unfit earth"]Unfit Earth[/URL][/I]

300%_Density 06-14-2013 08:18 PM

2. In the Truth Be Known
5. Unfit Earth
6. Circle of Hypocrisy
10. Suffer the Children

My favorites.

smearCampaign 06-14-2013 09:50 PM

Never heard of 'em. ;)

metallicbrian666 06-14-2013 11:12 PM

FETO not as memorable as Scum?


Also the title track isn't a staple, Unchallenged Hate is

adamclark52 06-15-2013 04:56 AM

Hey, I want your guys input. I'm by no means a Napalm Deathauthority, just a really big fan. If I'm off with some info about live stats or something call me on it. I just want to celebrate Napalm Death because they don't always get the respect they deserve.

metallicbrian666 06-15-2013 08:21 AM

No worries mayne

I love the first two albums (especially FETO) but I'm not big on the Barney era. I dig Enemy Of The Music Business and Utilitarian though

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