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The Code is Red…Long Live the Code
Released on April 25th, 2005
Label: Century Media

Line-up:
Unchanged
Jello Biafra – guest vocals on the Great and the Good
Jamey Jasta (of Hatebreed) – guest vocals on Instruments of Persuasion and Sold Short
Jeffery Walker (of Carcass) – guest vocals on Pledge Yourself to You

1. Silence is Deafening
2. Right You Are
3. Diplomatic Immunity
4. The Code Is Red…Long Live the Code
5. Climate Controllers
6. Instruments of Persuasion
7. The Great and the Good
8. Sold Short
9. All Hail the Grey Dawn
10. Vegetative State
11. Pay for the Privilege of Breathing
12. Pledge Yourself to You
13. Striding Purposefully Backwards
14. Morale
15. Our Pain is Their Power
16. Crash the Pose (Bonus Track)
17. Losers (Bonus Track)

They were on a tear for five years leading up to this album but things just exploded here. This is such a strong album and everyone took notice. They got a lot of mainstream (metal) press for this album and it ended up on a lot of “best of” lists that year. And it’s all rightfully due. This is a FANTASTIC album. The band sounded reinvigorated on Enemy of the Music Business but they sounded re-reinvigorated on this album. I can’t describe it. It’s my favorite Napalm Death album. Right You Are is the perfect Napalm Death song.
Best Song: Right You Are
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Smear Campaign
Released on September 15th, 2006
Label: Century Media

Line-up:
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Anneke van Giersbergen - guest vocals on In Deference and Weltschmerz (Extended Version)

1. Weltschmerz
2. Sink Fast, Let Go
3. Fatalist
4. Puritanical Punishment Beating
5. When All is Said and Done
6. Freedom in the Wage of Sin
7. In Deference
8. Short-Lived
9. Identity Crisis
10. Shatter Existence
11. Eyes Right Out
12. Warped Beyond Logic
13. Rabid Wolves (For Christ)
14. Deaf and Dumbstruck (Intelligent Design)
15. Persona Non Grata
16. Smear Campaign
17. Call That and Option? (Bonus Track)
18. Atheist Runt (Bonus Track)
19. Weltschmerz (Extended Version) (Bonus Track)

If there were an album to end Napalm Deaths career with this would’ve been it. Napalm Death usually don’t have very strong closers to their albums (very often they don’t have very strong openers either). What I mean is, their albums are usually just fifteen songs in some order, no ominous intro or epic closer. But Smear Campaign ends in a way that if it was the last song the band ever put to tape it would’ve been the perfect closing to an epic career. Thankfully they haven’t ceased to be and are still going strong seven years later. This is a really strong album as well. The Code is Red...Long Live the Code has a few more "catchy" songs which may be why I love that album just a little bit more than this one. It’s incredible that they put out two of their best albums only a year and a half apart from one another. Usually, when a band releases a follow-up so quickly the second album seems a bit rushed. Or some of the songs are weaker/leftovers from the previous album. But Napalm Death are better than all those bands. This was the first Napalm Death album I ever bought, so it always has a special place in my heart. I can remember when I first popped it in to my CD player and within a minute of Sink Fast, Let Go I was asking myself why I never listened to this band before. Unfortunately, they never play anything off this album live except When All is Said and Done. There are better songs off this album. I'd kill to see them play Sink Fast, Let Go some day.
Best Song: Smear Campaign
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Time Waits for No Slave
Released on January 23rd, 2009
Label: Century Media

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1. Strong-Arm
2. Diktat
3. Work to Rule
4. On the Brink of Extinction
5. Time Waits for No Slave
6. Life and Limb
7. Downbeat Clique
8. Fallacy Dominion
9. Passive Tense
10. Larceny of the Heart
11. Procrastination on the Empty Vessel
12. Feeling Redundant
13. A No-Sided Argument
14. De-Evolved ad Nauseum
15. Suppressed Hunger (Bonus Track)
16. Omnipresent Knife in Your Back (Bonus Track)

There was no way to top those last two albums and they falterd a little bit on this one. I just found they weren’t as angry here and the songs were a little too long. There still are some awesome riffs (On The Brink Of Extinction, Life And Limb, Downbeat Clique and Passive Tense) but overall this was a step down. But when you release two of the best albums of your career back-to-back it’s nothing to be ashamed of. The first time I saw Napalm Death live was on the tour for this album.
Best Song: Downbeat Clique
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Utilitarian
Released on February 27th, 2012
Label: Century Media

Line-up:
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John Zorn – sax on Everyday Pox

1. Circumspect
2. Errors in the Signals
3. Everyday Pox
4. Protection Racket
5. The Wolf I Feed
6. Quarantined
7. Fall on Their Swords
8. Collision Course
9. Orders of Magnitude
10. Think Tank Trials
11. Black Look About Face
12. Leper Colony
13. Nom de Guerre
14. Analysis Paralysis
15. Opposites Repellent
16. A Gag Reflex
17. Aim Without Aim (Bonus Track)
18. Everything in Mono (Bonus Track)
19. Standardization (Bonus Track)
20. It Failed to Explode (Bonus Track)

And here they are, almost thirty years into their career still releasing wicked music. I was sold on this album when Mitch Harris' vocals kicked in on the Wolf I Feed. Napalm Death usually don't send chills down your spine but that did it. I’d wager that this was Napalm Deaths most popular album since the early 1990’s. A lot of people loved it and it got them on a lot of big tours (sadly as a support act). And it deserves all the accolades it got. Shorter songs + crustier production = wicked album. It was almost my “album of the year” for 2012 until another non-metal band released something in October.
Best Song: Quarantined
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Split w/Converge
Released on July 31st, 2012
Label: Self-released

Side A: Converge
1. No Light Escapes
2. Wolverine Blues (originally by Entombed)

Side B: Napalm Death
1. Will by Mouth
2. No Impediment to Triumph (Bhopal)

The latest release from Napalm Death is this nice little split EP with another really good band; Converge. I won’t touch on the Converge songs but the Napalm Death songs are fucking intense. I’ll be honest; they’re probably better than anything off Utilitarian. That’s saying a lot. They have a rougher sound to them and the band sound like caged animals. I strongly recommend seeking this out.
Best Song: No Impediment to Triumph (Bhopal)
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So, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed this dumb thread. I hope that if you never listened to Napalm Death before you read some of the stuff here and it got you interested in them. I hope that if you only heard one or two songs years ago and you didn’t like them you stumbled across something here that changed your opinion. There is still a bit of stuff I left out or missed. One thing that comes to mind is the Legacy was Yesterday flexi-disc that Decibel magazine released in early 2011. That’s a wicked song but it’s not even available on iTunes. That’s a shame. It came out a full year before Utilitarian and once I heard it I knew they were going back on a tear. Decibel should really consider releasing a CD compilation of all the stuff they’ve released on those flexi’s over the years. I subscribe to the magazine but I don’t have a record player, so every flexi that I get each month just ends up on a shelf never listened to. There have been guest appearances on other bands albums as well. Too many to mention, but a personal favorite of mine is the song Barney did with Volbeat on their second to last album. Volbeat are a fucking terrible band (yet people love them) but Barneys voice next to their singers in this song makes for a great paradox. And then there are all the other bands that the members have formed or joined over the years. Way too many to mention but some pretty huge names have come out of Napalm Death: Carcass, Godflesh, Cathedral, Meathook Seed, so many. I think Shane Embury plays bass in every UK grindcore band today.

Here’s my ranking of all the main albums, if you want an idea of where to start purchasing. Even though I didn’t include many EPs Leaders Not Followers always gets included because it’s so damn good.
1. The Code is Red…Long Live the Code
2. Smear Campaign
3. Leaders Not Followers
4. Enemy of the Music Business
5. From Enslavement to Oblivion
6. Utilitarian
7. Utopia Banished
8. Diatribes
9. Scum
10. Time Waits for No Slave
11. Order of the Leech
12. Inside the Torn Apart
13. Fear, Emptiness, Despair
14. Leaders Not Followers: Part 2
15. Harmony Corruption
16. Words from the Exit Wound

I strongly urge you to go see Napalm Death if they ever come to a town near you. It makes me sad that a band with such a rich history that has influenced pretty much everyone indirectly in some way is still lucky to get two hundred people to a show as a headliner. While shit bands play to thousands. I don’t want them to get huge, they never will, but I want them to get by and continue to make albums and tour. Here are the reviews I’ve posted on this forum of the four times I’ve seen Napalm Death:
May 2009
October 2011 (twice)
May 2013

As we all know Napalm Death are very much active today after almost thirty years as a band. I was thinking a new album would probably be out early next year, or even late this year. But I read an interview with Barney just last week and he stated that the band hoped to enter the studio “next summer”. That sucks; I doubt the next album will be out before 2015. But, taking a little more time between albums has yielded better albums (as exemplified by the later years in this thread).

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Awesome thread! I only have Utilitarian and Smear Campaign so far, but I'm in love with both of them. I was really looking for well articulated opinions on the '90s stuff (I don't trust Metal Archives or AllMusic one bit), so thanks so much for that!
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I'm glad you enjoyed it. I read a lot of magazines and I like the album reviews in those, so that's how I try to format my reviews. When I go to read one on Metal-Archives and it's twenty paragraphs i usually don't make it through the second paragraph. It's admirable that people can write so much on an obscure grindcore demo from San Paulo but I just don't have the attention span for that. I like to try to get to the "why". "I like this album, here's why".
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I have followed Napalm Death on and off (mostly off in the mid to late '90s) since the beginning and your rundown makes me feel really old. I agree with most of your assessments except I think Harmony Corruption is better than you think it is. I would also include the videos in your reviews, to my knowledge there is the Live Corruption VHS (later released with an additional 1989 concert as a DVD) and the Punishment in Capitals DVD. Both are great.

The Live Corruption VHS came out in the summer of 1990 before any of their albums came out in the U.S. and had lots of songs (including You Suffer) that weren't on the CD that you list here. I bought it when a friend of mine who had imports of the first two albums said I just had to get it so I did and I listen to it still to this day. I recorded the VHS audio to a tape just so I could, it is still one of my favorite live albums ever.

And just to make you jealous Adam, I will mention that I first saw Napalm Death live in 2006 on the Smear Campaign tour when they played a lot of the album including Sink Fast, Let Go and Puritanical Punishment Beating. Unfortunately they didn't sound so good when I saw them last year and that seemed to be a common assessment then. They still definitely don't get the credit or attendance they deserve.
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That's funny, I just rattled off Puritanical Punishment Beating as a random song that I figured they'd never even played. I wouldn't be surprised to see Sink Fast, Let Go some day. It seems like if they're only going to play one song from an album a lot of the times it's the opening track.
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