NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE

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National Napalm Syndicate was formed in 1986 / 1987.The band were one of the first speed/thrash acts to emerge from Finland. They started out playing songs from Metallica's "Kill Em All" album and the first Exodus album. In the early days Finnish bands like KANSANTURVAMUSIIKKIKOMISSIO and Faff-bey were a big inspiration for the band. Soon they started writing material of their own. The original moniker for the band was National Napalm Storm but it was changed soon after. A few line-up changes and a couple of demos later they found themselves signing a major label deal with EMI. After the release of their debut album in 1989 they recorded another demo and also a split album together with Sacred Crucifix which was never released since the singer lost / got drunk with the money for the album. The band was located in a very religious small town called Pudasjärvi outside read more...
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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE National Napalm Syndicate album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
National Napalm Syndicate
Thrash Metal 1989
NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Resurrection of the Wicked album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Resurrection of the Wicked
Thrash Metal 2006
NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Devolution of Species album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Devolution of Species
Thrash Metal 2009
NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Time Is the Fire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Time Is the Fire
Thrash Metal 2018

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Creatures from the North album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Creatures from the North
Thrash Metal 2005
NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Thrashing Relics Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thrashing Relics Vol. 1
Thrash Metal 2006

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Painful Ten Hours album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Painful Ten Hours
Thrash Metal 1987
NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Demo II 1988 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo II 1988
Thrash Metal 1988
NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE At the Time of the Fullmoon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Time of the Fullmoon
Thrash Metal 1988
NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Demo 1989 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 1989
Thrash Metal 1989
NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Promo 2003 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Promo 2003
Thrash Metal 2003
NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Demo 2004 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 2004
Thrash Metal 2004

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE The Birth, Death and Resurrection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Birth, Death and Resurrection
Thrash Metal 2007

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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE National Napalm Syndicate

Album · 1989 · Thrash Metal
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"National Napalm Syndicate" is the eponymously titled debut full-length studio album by Finnish thrash metal act National Napalm Syndicate. The album was released through Parlophone Records in September 1989. National Napalm Syndicate formed in 1986, originally using the National Napalm Storm monicker but changed to the current one that same year.

"National Napalm Syndicate" started out playing a raw and savage type of thrash metal influenced by the German trio of Sodom, Destruction, and Kreator, but also by Bathory and Hellhammer. They slowly started incorporating some crossover influences and also a strong Bay Area thrash metal influence over the course of their four demo tapes, and therefore the music style on "National Napalm Syndicate" is a combination of more than one thrash/crossover metal style. Some tracks are raw and savage sounding thrash metal while others feature more hardcore influences and while they are still pretty raw thrash metal tracks, the mood is slightly less dark on those tracks. The material are generally pretty fast-paced (although heavier mid-paced sections are also common) and aggressive though (featuring some nicely energetic drumming). The vocals vary between an aggressive snarling vocal style (which is the vocal style used on their early releases) and a more typical shouting/talking crossover thrash metal vocal style. The lead guitar work deserves a mention too. Not that it´s particularly dominant, but when leads occur, they are very well played and bring dynamics and texture to the music.

Quite a few of the tracks on the album are re-recordings of demo tracks from the band´s demo days. Every track from the January 1988 "At the Time of the Fullmoon" demo are included in re-recorded versions. The album features an organic, raw, and sharp sounding production job, which suits the material well. The intensity of the music is brought out and showed to the world through the production choices made, and it´s a perfect sound for the material featured on the album. It may not be the most unique sounding thrash metal release, but the savage energy and the high level musical performances make it a damn entertaining one. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Painful Ten Hours

Demo · 1987 · Thrash Metal
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"Painful Ten Hours" is the first demo by Finnish thrash metal act National Napalm Syndicate. The demo was independently released on cassette tape in March 1987. The material featured on the demo was recorded at SM-Studio, Oulu, Finland, on the 14th of March 1987. National Napalm Syndicate formed in 1986, originally using the National Napalm Storm monicker but soon changing to the current one. They are considered one of earliest extreme metal act from Finland.

Extreme in this case should not be understood as if National Napalm Syndicate were an early black metal or death metal act, but they are definitely in the more extreme end of the thrash metal spectrum. Raw, aggressive, and primal sounding thrash metal strongly influenced by the early releases of Sodom, Destruction, and Kreator, but also artists like Bathory and Hellhammer. Lead vocalist Vesa Ruokangas has an impressive raw snarling vocal delivery, and his performance here is definitely one of the highlights of the demo (reminding me of early Quorthon, although a slightly less blackened version).

The 3 tracks on the 12:37 minutes long demo are all performed by a well playing band, who understand how to handle their instruments and the demo also features a relatively well sounding demo sound quality, so there´s lots of promise found on "Painful Ten Hours". The primal energy and the raw aggression carry the songs forward, but it wouldn´t have been as effecful if the band weren´t as well playing as they are. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

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