NAPALM DEATH

Death Metal / Grindcore / Hardcore Punk • United Kingdom
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Napalm Death are an English extreme metal band from Birmingham, formed in 1981. The band was formed in the village of Meriden (near Birmingham), England in May 1981 by Nicholas Bullen and Miles Ratledge. Although other groups had previously played fast and aggressive music with a similar style, Napalm Death are credited with defining the grindcore genre through their blend of hardcore, crust punk and death metal musical structures, aggressive playing, short song lengths, fast tempos, and deep guttural vocals. The group coined the terms 'grind' and 'grindcore' to describe the music they played with particular reference to the sound of American industrial group Swans. The group were included in the Guinness Book of World Records as writers of the shortest recorded song ("You Suffer" from their first album Scum). Napalm Death are listed by Nielsen Soundscan as the seventh best-selling death metal band in the United States.



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NAPALM DEATH Discography

NAPALM DEATH albums / top albums

NAPALM DEATH Scum album cover 3.06 | 35 ratings
Scum
Grindcore 1987
NAPALM DEATH From Enslavement to Obliteration album cover 3.81 | 24 ratings
From Enslavement to Obliteration
Grindcore 1988
NAPALM DEATH Harmony Corruption album cover 4.13 | 25 ratings
Harmony Corruption
Death Metal 1990
NAPALM DEATH Utopia Banished album cover 3.87 | 18 ratings
Utopia Banished
Death Metal 1992
NAPALM DEATH Fear, Emptiness, Despair album cover 4.19 | 20 ratings
Fear, Emptiness, Despair
Death Metal 1994
NAPALM DEATH Diatribes album cover 3.59 | 13 ratings
Diatribes
Death Metal 1996
NAPALM DEATH Inside the Torn Apart album cover 3.74 | 13 ratings
Inside the Torn Apart
Death Metal 1997
NAPALM DEATH Words From the Exit Wound album cover 3.67 | 13 ratings
Words From the Exit Wound
Death Metal 1998
NAPALM DEATH Enemy of the Music Business album cover 4.38 | 13 ratings
Enemy of the Music Business
Death Metal 2000
NAPALM DEATH Order of the Leech album cover 3.70 | 12 ratings
Order of the Leech
Death Metal 2002
NAPALM DEATH Leaders Not Followers, Part 2 album cover 4.23 | 9 ratings
Leaders Not Followers, Part 2
Death Metal 2004
NAPALM DEATH The Code Is Red... Long Live the Code album cover 4.13 | 15 ratings
The Code Is Red... Long Live the Code
Death Metal 2005
NAPALM DEATH Smear Campaign album cover 4.08 | 14 ratings
Smear Campaign
Death Metal 2006
NAPALM DEATH Time Waits for No Slave album cover 3.88 | 16 ratings
Time Waits for No Slave
Death Metal 2009
NAPALM DEATH Utilitarian album cover 4.24 | 20 ratings
Utilitarian
Death Metal 2012
NAPALM DEATH Apex Predator - Easy Meat album cover 3.84 | 12 ratings
Apex Predator - Easy Meat
Grindcore 2015
NAPALM DEATH Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism album cover 4.57 | 8 ratings
Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism
Grindcore 2020

NAPALM DEATH EPs & splits

NAPALM DEATH The Peel Session album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Peel Session
Grindcore 1987
NAPALM DEATH The Curse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Curse
Grindcore 1988
NAPALM DEATH Mentally Murdered album cover 3.39 | 6 ratings
Mentally Murdered
Grindcore 1989
NAPALM DEATH Napalm Death / S.O.B. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Napalm Death / S.O.B.
Grindcore 1989
NAPALM DEATH Live EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live EP
Grindcore 1989
NAPALM DEATH You Suffer But Why / Mega Armageddon Death Pt. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You Suffer But Why / Mega Armageddon Death Pt. 3
Grindcore 1989
NAPALM DEATH John Zorn / Napalm Death album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Zorn / Napalm Death
Death Metal 1990
NAPALM DEATH Suffer the Children album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Suffer the Children
Death Metal 1990
NAPALM DEATH Mass Appeal Madness album cover 3.38 | 4 ratings
Mass Appeal Madness
Death Metal 1991
NAPALM DEATH The World Keeps Turning EP album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
The World Keeps Turning EP
Death Metal 1992
NAPALM DEATH Nazi Punks Fuck Off album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nazi Punks Fuck Off
Death Metal 1993
NAPALM DEATH Greed Killing album cover 3.28 | 5 ratings
Greed Killing
Death Metal 1995
NAPALM DEATH Breed to Breathe album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Breed to Breathe
Death Metal 1997
NAPALM DEATH In Tongues We Speak album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Tongues We Speak
Death Metal 1997
NAPALM DEATH Leaders Not Followers album cover 3.57 | 3 ratings
Leaders Not Followers
Death Metal 1999
NAPALM DEATH Tsunami Benefit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tsunami Benefit
Death Metal 2005
NAPALM DEATH Live in Japan - Grind Kaijyu Attack! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Japan - Grind Kaijyu Attack!
Death Metal 2009
NAPALM DEATH Converge / Napalm Death album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Converge / Napalm Death
Death Metal 2012
NAPALM DEATH Analysis Paralysis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Analysis Paralysis
Death Metal 2012
NAPALM DEATH Napalm Death / Insect Warfare album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Napalm Death / Insect Warfare
Death Metal 2013
NAPALM DEATH Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 9 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 9
Death Metal 2013
NAPALM DEATH Our Pain Is Their Power album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Our Pain Is Their Power
Grindcore 2014
NAPALM DEATH Napalm Death / Melt-Banana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Napalm Death / Melt-Banana
Grindcore 2016
NAPALM DEATH Stunt Your Growth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stunt Your Growth
Grindcore 2018
NAPALM DEATH Logic Ravaged by Brute Force album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Logic Ravaged by Brute Force
Grindcore 2020

NAPALM DEATH live albums

NAPALM DEATH Live Corruption album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Corruption
Death Metal 1992
NAPALM DEATH Bootlegged in Japan album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Bootlegged in Japan
Death Metal 1998
NAPALM DEATH The Complete Radio One Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Radio One Sessions
Death Metal 2000
NAPALM DEATH Punishment in Capitals album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Punishment in Capitals
Death Metal 2003
NAPALM DEATH Live At Rock City album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Rock City
Death Metal 2010

NAPALM DEATH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

NAPALM DEATH Punk Is a Rotting Corpse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Punk Is a Rotting Corpse
Hardcore Punk 1982
NAPALM DEATH Cursed to Tour album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cursed to Tour
Death Metal 1996

NAPALM DEATH re-issues & compilations

NAPALM DEATH The Peel Sessions album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Peel Sessions
Death Metal 1989
NAPALM DEATH Death by Manipulation album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Death by Manipulation
Death Metal 1991
NAPALM DEATH Noise for Music's Sake album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Noise for Music's Sake
Death Metal 2003
NAPALM DEATH Diatribes / Greed Killing / Bootlegged In Japan album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Diatribes / Greed Killing / Bootlegged In Japan
Death Metal 2010
NAPALM DEATH Inside the Torn Apart / Words from the Exit Wound / Breed to Breathe album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Inside the Torn Apart / Words from the Exit Wound / Breed to Breathe
Death Metal 2010
NAPALM DEATH Scum / From Enslavement to Obliteration / Harmony Corruption / Utopia Banished album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Scum / From Enslavement to Obliteration / Harmony Corruption / Utopia Banished
Death Metal 2012
NAPALM DEATH Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs
Grindcore 2018

NAPALM DEATH singles (5)

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Decibel Flexi Series - Legacy Was Yesterday
Death Metal 2011
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Analysis Paralysis
Death Metal 2012
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0.00 | 0 ratings
To Go Off and Things
Grindcore 2014
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Nurse the Hunger
Grindcore 2017
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Logic Ravaged by Brute Force
Grindcore 2020

NAPALM DEATH movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.50 | 1 ratings
Live Corruption
Death Metal 1990
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4.50 | 1 ratings
The DVD
Death Metal 2001
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 2 ratings
Punishment in Capitals
Death Metal 2003

NAPALM DEATH Reviews

NAPALM DEATH Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism

Album · 2020 · Grindcore
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"Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism" is the 17th full-length studio album by UK grindcore/death metal act Napalm Death. The album was released through Century Media Records in September 2020. It´s the successor to "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" from 2015 and although the album doesn´t feature any lineup changes guitarist Mitch Harris member status is a bit uncertain at this point. Harris has not played live with Napalm Death for some years, and he and his family moved back to his hometown Las Vegas from the UK, where they had lived for almost two decades. So although he plays on "Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism", nothing is certain at this point regarding his future in Napalm Death.

Stylistically "Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism" is one of the more varied Napalm Death releases, featuring both blasting grindcore/hardcore tracks, industrial tinged deathgrind/death metal tracks, and even a few experimental tracks, which honestly took me a little off-guard. A reaction I´m sure Napalm Death would find delightful, as they have always set out to challenge their audience and themselves. "Joie de ne pas vivre" is for example Napalm Death as I have never heard them before. It´s a strongly Swans influenced track featuring a bleak industrial atmosphere. Other standout tracks are "Amoral" and "A Bellyful of Salt and Spleen", which sound like they are influenced by artists like Head of David/Godflesh and Killing Joke. So while Napalm Death still blast away when that is called for, "Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism" is one of the most diverse albums in their discography. They even touch semi-melodic territory on the choruses of "Fuck the Factoid" and "Contagion". The lyrical content is as always politically charged and lashing out at the social and political issues and injustices of the world.

The album features a heavy, dark, and detailed sounding prodction, which suits the material well. So upon conclusion "Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism" is another high quality release in a long line of high quality releases by Napalm Death. It even stands out a bit more than many of their preceding post-2000 releases and there is a good chance it´s one of the band´s releases which will be mentioned among their standout albums in the future. Not necessarily because it´s a greater album than the direct predecessors, but because the diversity of the album makes it a little more memorable than some of the more relentlessly aggressive and energetic releases of the past. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

NAPALM DEATH Leaders Not Followers, Part 2

Album · 2004 · Death Metal
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"Leaders Not Followers, Part 2" is the 11th full-length studio album by UK death metal/grindcore act Napalm Death. The album was released through Century Media Records in August 2004. It´s a covers album featuring covers of various hardcore, punk, thrash, and death metal artists like Sepultura, Hirax, Dayglo Abortions, Anti Cimex, and Discharge. As the title suggests it´s the second installment of the "Leaders Not Followers" release series which began with the "Leaders Not Followers" covers EP from October 1999. Although guitarist Jesse Pintado is credited for playing on the album, all guitars were actually performed by Mitch Harris.

The track selection on the 19 track, 43:09 minutes long album isn´t that surprising if you´re familiar with Napalm Death´s own death metal/grindcore style. There are quite a few hardcore punk covers, a few thrash metal covers, and also a few death metal oriented tracks, so the band haven´t exactly left their comfort zone on this release. But then again...who would want to hear Napalm Death cover Lady Gaga? (come to think of it, that would actually be pretty cool :-)). What they do, they do really well though, and as always Napalm Death deliver a both technically skillfull and passionate performance. Even when they venture into thrash metal territory with covers of "Riot of Violence" by Kreator and "Devastation" by Devastation they make a strong impression.

"Leaders Not Followers, Part 2" is well produced too, featuring a raw and powerful sounding production, so upon conclusion this is a good quality covers album. Just a couple of more surprising track selections could probably have elevated the release to a higher level, but it´s still entertaining as it is and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

NAPALM DEATH Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism

Album · 2020 · Grindcore
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OK, here’s the tl;dr on Napalm Death’s new album:

1. It’s still heavy, harsh shit.

2. It still sounds mostly the same as other Napalm Death records.

3. There’s some little bits that sound a bit different to other Napalm Death records.

4. This is really fucking good!

If you have a slightly longer attention span than the “too long; didn’t read” crowd, here’s a few more thoughts on “Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism”.

If you’re a Napalm Death fan, when was the last time the band genuinely surprised you? For most, it’s probably the first time you ever heard the band. But also if you’re a Napalm Death fan, can you honestly say that any two albums sound the same? There will be a few listeners who will say yes, but observe: death metal influence creeping in to “Harmony Corruption”, massive grooves on “Inside The Torn Apart”, the rediscovery of the band’s hardcore roots with “Leaders, Not Followers”.

That’s the essence of Napalm Death’s longevity. It’s not so much change for change’s sake, but the incorporation of new influences to combine with the band’s existing sound to evolve slowly to something new. This time, it seems there is a touch of alternative thrown into the mix. No, not alternative rock which seemed edgy for about 10 minutes in the 1990s, but the alternative to alternative, Harsh, heavy, and properly original, like Swans and Neurosis. Check the evidence.

“Fuck The Factoid” blasts past almost before you’ve noticed. The familiar wall of noise smacks you in the face as you would hope. Most prominent in this song, Danny Herrera still smashes the hell out of the drum kit in ways which shouldn’t be humanly possible. Shane Embury’s blown-to-bits bass is more visible on this album than in previous releases. Check his gargantuan intro to “Backlash Just Because”. The old school hardcore influence is still floating near the top. “That Curse of Being in Thrall” has abundant hardcore riffs and blastbeats, and then slams into a thunderous doom/death riff.

“Contagion” has hints of Necroticism-era Carcass in the guitar sound, but it has Barney’s dry bark layered over it, and an almost Neurosis-ish discordant drone to the chorus. Embury pulls off another vicious bass intro to “Joie De Ne Pas Vivre”, an almost otherworldly demonic sounding song with a Godflesh/Swans industrial dissonance to it.

“Invigorating Clutch” is an unabating robotic rockcrusher of a song, reminiscent of Monotheist-era Celtic Frost. No one else creates riffs like Mitch Harris – simple in the “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that?” vein, yet nobody else has thought of it.

There are so many references to different bands and genres which could be thrown in here that it makes your mind spin, but it’s all still Napalm Death to the (grind)core. There are subtleties and little flourishes which won’t be picked up on a first listen, and it’s all bathed in glorious stentorian noise.

Unlike “Apex Predator”, which was a more demanding and difficult listen, “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism” could be presented to someone not familiar with Napalm Death as an introduction to the band. And for those already familiar with then band, it’s quickly obvious that even for a band well into it’s fourth decade of existence, Napalm Death is still producing music as strong and vital as at any time in the band’s long and celebrated career.

NAPALM DEATH Logic Ravaged by Brute Force

EP · 2020 · Grindcore
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"Logic Ravaged by Brute Force" is an EP/single release by UK, grindcore act Napalm Death. The EP/single was released through Century Media Records in February 2020. There are two tracks featured on the 7:39 minutes long release. The title track which is a Napalm Death original and "White Kross", which is a cover of Sonic Youth.

"Logic Ravaged by Brute Force" is a very unusual Napalm Death release, as the music style on the two tracks is not grindcore or death metal, but a noisy, atmospheric type of industrial metal influenced by the likes of Swans and Head of David/Godflesh. The Sonic Youth track is in a somewhat similar style to the original composition, although it naturally leans a bit more towards a metallic version of noise rock. Napalm Death have included tracks in this style on some of their preceding studio albums (they´ve recorded quite a few covers in the past too), so it´s not a huge surprise, but "Logic Ravaged by Brute Force" is still a pretty different sounding release by the band because of the lack of anything resembling a grindcore trait on the two tracks. Mark "Barney" Greenway´s vocals are also pretty different from his usual raw barking/semi-growling vocal style, and the vocals here are more raw, shouting, and distorted by effects.

The sound production is heavy, raw, and detailed. It´s a perfect production for the material. "Logic Ravaged by Brute Force" may not feature much material, but quality should always be more important than quantity, and this is quite an interesting release for fans of Napalm Death, as it´s chance to hear them play something different from what they usually do, and do it well too. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is fully deserved.

NAPALM DEATH Leaders Not Followers

EP · 1999 · Death Metal
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"Leaders Not Followers" is an EP release by UK death metal/grindcore act Napalm Death. The EP was released through Dream Catcher Records in October 1999. It bridges the gap between the band´s 8th and 9th full-length studio albums "Words From the Exit Wound (1998)" and "Enemy of the Music Business (2000)".

The 19:11 minutes long EP (almost 5 minutes of the closing track "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" is silence) features 6 tracks which are all covers of various hardcore punk and metal artists. Actually "Leaders Not Followers" is slightly more metal oriented than hardcore punk oriented as there are only two tracks in the latter style by Raw Power and Dead Kennedys, while we are treated to four tracks by Death, Slaughter, Repulsion, and Pentagram, which are more in the metal mold. All tracks are well performed, with the vital touch of Napalm Death´s own grindcore/death metal sound, which is always important when you do covers, but I will give a special mention to the cover of "Incinerator" by Slaughter, because not only is that a great track, it´s also a great cover version of the track.

"Leaders Not Followers" features a powerful and well sounding production, and Napalm Death as usual deliver their music with great passion and conviction. So upon conclusion "Leaders Not Followers" is a nice little addition to the band´s already quite sizable discography and a 3.5 star (70%) rating isn´t all wrong.

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NAPALM DEATH Punishment in Capitals

Movie · 2003 · Death Metal
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Punishment In Capitals is a 2002 live DVD (also available on CD) by British extreme metal icons Napalm Death, released after their triumphant Enemy Of The Music Business album won back the praise of fans and critics after their experimental string of records in the nineties.

The band play a mixture of every era in their career up to that point, the catchy nineties singles ‘Breed To Breathe,’ and ‘Greed Killing,’ sit side by side with mid era death inspired fare such as ‘Suffer The Children,’ and ‘World Keeps Turning,’ which blends against the band’s early grindcore material era like ‘Scum,’ ‘Lucid Fairy Tale,’ and the famous ‘You Suffer,’ in a set list which also leans heavily on the band’s then newest, and still arguably best album Enemy Of The Music Business.

Standout tracks include an energetic version of ‘Hung,’ as well as ‘Can’t Play Won’t Play,’ and ‘Narcoleptic,’ which was as yet unreleased at the time of recording. With a set-list of this caliber, Punishment In Capitals should be a rewarding viewing experience for most Napalm Death fans and would serve well as an introduction to the band for potential fans as well.

Interestingly, the DVD recording retains all the dead air, waiting out-of-breathe and other non-musical moments in between tracks, presenting you the gig as it actually happened and not inter-cutting the show with outside material to create some false sense of professionalism or excitement. This is a double edged sword as it is commendable but may still irritate viewers raised on slicker, fast paced major label DVD releases.

The production is fairly good in terms of audio recording quality and mix, with simple camera work and editing covering the visual side of things. Although not the most impressive looking DVD ever released, it serves well for Napalm Death to deliver an energetic a sweaty performance. My only major gripe is that for the first half of the show shots of drummer Danny Herrera are very few and far between, but this is remedied later on.

There are a fair amount of extras too, including two bootleg quality recordings in Tokyo from 1996, a six track selection from a Chilean gig in 1997 as well as a hidden Easter Egg (a live-in-a-TV-studio version of ‘If The Truth Be Known,’ accessible by making the image’s eyes glow red my navigating the menu.) In addition to the musical extras there is also a documentary, which while not masterfully crafted is worth at least one watch, covering topics such as Barney’s haircut, the effect of foreign food on the bowels and the charity for which this gig was in aide of.

Overall, Punishment In Capitals is a worthwhile DVD purchase that will give you a good selection of Napalm Death material, both in the concert itself and with a nice selection of extras. Definitely recommended viewing for fans of the band.

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