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.