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Album: Napalm Death – Utilitarian

February 7th, 2012

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Napalm Death
Utilitarian
Century Media
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.

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Album: The Wretched End – Ominous

September 20th, 2010

The Wretched End
Ominous
Nocturnal Art Productions / Candlelight Records
25 October 2010

by Tom Dare

You may not have heard of The Wretched End, but the chances are you know one of the guitarists. After all, Tomas Haugen – better known as Samoth – played in one of the finest metal bands of all time for their brief but superlative career. Yet the former Emperor guitarist does not seem content to disappear quietly into the night. On this evidence it looks like he is determined to continue tearing up your ears for years to come.

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