It’s time for another Thrash Hits festival splash page – and this time it’s for Hammerfest. All of our Hammerfest 2013 coverage from the weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need. Yep. That means individual band coverage (photos, setlists and maybe even some reviews), all the dodgy rumours and awful gossip our man David Keevill overhears, and every single photo of Wales-based debauchery that Gary Wolstenholme and Jenn McCambridge snap will be here.
Napalm Death are a metal band formed in 1981 in West Midlands, England, often credited as pioneers of the grindcore genre. While none of its original members remain in the group, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent throughout the band's career since the early 1990s.
Their debut album Scum, released in 1987 by Earache Records, has proven very influential in the global metal community. Read more on Last.fm
Napalm Death on Thrash Hits
March 16th, 2013
Day 3 of Hammerfest is traditionally the “oh my God no more booze NO” day – did our man David Keevill survive?
6 things we learned on Day 3 of Hammerfest V:
March 16th, 2013
February 29th, 2012
We’ve already gone on record stating how much we love Napalm Death‘s new album, Utilitarian. It’s pretty much the perfect rebuttal for anyone who claims that latter day Napalm Death isn’t as good as early Napalm Death. It’s a fearsome record, and Barney Greenway’s lyrics are perhaps among the sharpest and most eloquent the band have had in years.
Why they had to make such a cheapo-looking video for ‘Analysis Paralysis’, the first single to be taken from it though….
February 7th, 2012
27 February 2012
by Tom Dare
It may at first glance appear odd to say it, but Napalm Death have never quite got the credit they deserve. “How so?” you say. “They’re a legendary band hailed as the godfathers of their genre.” And you’re right – to the point it’s become a vacuous cliché. There are stock phrases that get spouted about Napalm (usually prefaced with some jovial reference to them being from Birmingham) that are all-too-frequently only empty reverence of Scum, FETO and at a pinch Harmony Corruption. The fact they’ve put out astonishing records for 20 years after that gets overlooked far too often. And that Utilitarian is furiously extreme in all new ways highlights why they’re as vital a band as they’ve ever been.
June 20th, 2010
When we first interviewed Shane Embury from Napalm Death at Bloodstock Open Air 2008, he told us we asked “fucking stupid questions”. That hasn’t changed a bit in the last two years, but this time he seemed to take our jibber-jabber a bit more in his stride.
July 22nd, 2009
The 2009 Nationwide Mercury Music prize shortlist has been announced, and once again Hugh Platt finds himself screaming at the sky, shaking his fist like an ineffectual caveman cursing the Gods for making it rain.
Once again, the great and the good of the UK music media are hunched over, hands clasped around their critical appendages, and are furiously word-wanking their opinions onto betting slips. That’s right: the shortlist of albums fighting for the 2009 Mercury Prize have be announced, and yet again – for the 18th year running – metal has been denied a presence on the final shortlist.
February 3rd, 2009
Time Waits For No Slave
02 February 2009
by Jerry Ewing
If you’ve ever fancied taking some junior metalhead upstart down a peg or two, and let’s face it, which of us hasn’t, next time try this for size. Blindfold the whippersnapper, sit them in the middle of an empty room and proceed to play the whole of Time Waits For No Slave to them at ear-bleeding volume through headphones.