Napalm Death are the dependable grandfathers of grind. Not sure they’d be happy with that description but hey, we just said it anyway. They were bloody noisy at Hammerfest 2013, regardless.
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.
July 7th, 2010
12 July 2010
by Tom Dare
The term “supergroup” has almost become one to avoid. While the occasional project assembled from other highly successful bands has deserved the prefix “super-” – Down and Shrinebuilder being two wildly different examples – many simply plug straight into the lowest common denominator and release depressingly average material. When members of Dimmu Borgir, Napalm Death and others join together to record a death metal record, you hope the result will be impressive, but fear the worst. Thankfully, Insidious Disease’s debut Shadowcast alleviates those fears and does impress. And then tries to scare the shit out of you.
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.