Two decades after inventing grindcore, NAPALM DEATH continue to demonstrate that their work is far from done. “In the intervening years, there have been changes, but the mission has remained the same: to outlast every trend, never compromise, provide a political voice for the voiceless, and create the most brutal, challenging music on earth” (Outburn Magazine, USA). “Smear Campaign”, the band’s sophomore Century Media studio album, exhibits every one of these traits, this time concentrating on the theme of why we should not just accept religion and moral codes into our lives, which limit our desire to trust in ourselves.
Formed in 1982, NAPALM DEATH are the legitimate forefathers of grindcore and achieved a legendary status already during their early days with their viciously raw demos like “Hatred Surge” and the debut album “Scum” (1987), which started a truly violent revolution within the world of extreme music. Ever since then their name is inevitably connected with raving high-speed, and although no member of the original line-up is playing in the band these days they haven't cut down on their ferocity. The lot from Birmingham, England, still delivers a furious mix formed out of highly aggressive (extreme-) metal and savage hardcore/punk fitted with social criticism. Their ceaseless worldwide touring helped them gain technical perfection and thus the ability to refine their sound. The early to mid nineties saw NAPALM DEATH implement more death metal elements (just listen to 1990’s “Harmony Corruption”), groove and even melodies in their songs, e.g. to be heard on the blistering albums “Fear, Emptiness, Despair” (1994) and “Diatribes” (1996). But, to avoid any misconceptions, our beloved grinders never alienated their fans with drastic musical changes. Their songs continued to be inalterable monuments of fury and especially “Enemy Of The Music Business” (2001), “Order Of The Leech” (2002) as well as 2005’s “The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code” demonstrated Napalm Death's dedication to sheer brutality and blasting noisy sonic eruptions.
[quote:f37d5e8219="Alan Unirem"]anyone remember napalm death on TFI friday a few years ago? genius. one of their songs was only two seconds long! quality not quantity after all[/quote:f37d5e8219]
One second, shurely? Thus the Napalm Death/Electro Hippies [i:f37d5e8219]You Suffer?/Mega Armageddon Death Pt. 3[/i:f37d5e8219] split 7". Total combined running time, about two and a half seconds.
ND hold a very special place in my heart. [i:c331df1451]Scum[/i:c331df1451], [i:c331df1451]FETO[/i:c331df1451], [i:c331df1451]Utopia Banished[/i:c331df1451], [i:c331df1451]Enemy Of The Music Business[/i:c331df1451] - four awesome albums I never tire of blasting at full volume. Great to see them coming back to Belfast. The Empire in 2001 was punishing.
Enemy OTMB is among very few modern metal albums in never, ever tiring. You can put it on again and again and it just doesnt wear out. They did 'A Necessary Evil' and 'Next On The List' off it last year at about one and a half times the speed of the record. Which was, it goes without saying, unbelievable.