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Napalm Death

The fathers of grindcore, Napalm Death pushed the envelope of metal to new extremes of ear-splitting intensity, rejecting all notions of melody, subtlety, and good taste to forge a brand of sonic assault almost frightening in its merciless brutality. Formed in Ipswich, England in 1982, the group trafficked in the usual heavy metal fare for the first few years of its existence, but by the middle of the decade they began to expand their horizons by incorporating elements of hardcore and thrash into the mix; ultimately, Napalm Death's sonic experiments evolved into a blistering mutation of metal which they dubbed grindcore, a kind of extremist noise attack characterized by incredibly brief song lengths, demonic vocals, and eye-opening sociopolitical lyrical commentary.

Building their reputation on a series of incendiary radio sessions and live dates, Napalm Death set about recording their debut LP, Scum, issued in 1987 on the Earache label. A series of lineup changes during production resulted in the record's two sides each containing almost completely different rosters: while the first half featured guitarist Justin Broadrick and vocalist/bassist Nick Bullen, the flipside presented new vocalist Lee Dorrian, guitarist Bill Steer, and bassist Jim Whitely; only drummer Mick Harris played on every track. While largely ignored by the mainstream media, Scum proved hugely influential throughout the global metal community; among Napalm Death's most public supporters was BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who repeatedly played the track "You Suffer" before inviting the group to record a legendary September 1987 Peel Session introducing new bassist Shane Embury.

With 1988's From Enslavement to Obliteration, the band grew even more extreme, issuing some 54 total tracks, many of them clocking in at just a few seconds in length. (The compilation Grindcrusher offered perhaps the ultimate distillation of the aesthetic by including a bonus split single from Napalm Death and the Electro Hippies with each side lasting just one second; the shortest single ever.) More roster shifts followed, as Dorrian exited to form Cathedral and Steer jumped ship to found Carcass; with vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway (formerly of Benediction) and guitarists Jesse Pintado (ex-Terrorizer) and Mitch Harris (ex-Righteous Pigs), Napalm Death resurfaced with 1990's Harmony Corruption, a nod toward more conventional song structures and a less punishing sound. Apparently unhappy with the results, the group followed later that year with the Mass-Appeal Madness EP, a return to all-out grindcore fury.

Mick Harris, the only remaining member from the unit's earliest lineups, exited Napalm Death in 1992 to mount an acclaimed ambient dub project named Scorn; he was replaced by drummer Danny Herrera for Utopia Banished, followed by a single covering the Dead Kennedys' "Nazi Punks F**k Off." With 1994's Fear, Emptiness, Despair, Napalm Death earned some of the best critical notices of their career, and to the shock of many even found themselves in the Top Ten of the U.S. pop albums chart by virtue of their appearance on the soundtrack to the motion picture Mortal Kombat. The Greed Killing mini-album appeared in 1995 as a teaser for the following year's relatively accessible full-length Diatribes. Greenway was subsequently fired in November 1996 and replaced by Phil Vane of Extreme Noise Terror; however, after recording a split EP with Coalesce, the band reconsidered, and Greenway re-joined in time for the 1997 album Inside the Torn Apart. Next was 1998's live release Bootlegged in Japan, trailed early the next year by the well-received Words from the Exit Wound, which proved to be their final album for Earache (from which they experienced an acrimonious split). 2000 saw the release of the covers EP Leaders Not Followers in mid-summer. Napalm Death returned to its early grindcore roots to a degree with its next full-length, Enemy of the Music Business, which was issued in early 2001. Throughout the remainder of the decade, the band reliably stuck to its guns, releasing high-quality albums -- including Order of the Leech, Smear Campaign, and Time Waits for No Slave -- at a rate of roughly one every other year. To ring in 30 years of punishing noise, the grind metal pioneers released their 15th album, Utilitarian, in 2012. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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No matter what the line up is Napalm Death is f**kin awesome!!
Without ND would mean no metalcore (bullet for my valentine, avenged sevenfold), hardcore( parkway drive, killswitch engage, august burns red) or brutal truth
The fathers of grindcore so f**k you
Without Napalm Death there would be no place for many bands to last in existence I believe. if they just quit, it would be to the effect of loosing Pantera and then forever... I think that ND put a lot of good effort into Utilitarian, that turned out to be a masterpiece and a new chapter for them. Time Waits For No Slave! Procrastinat i o n On The Empty vessel is a great song. they will never f**king sell out, never delivered bullshit. WORSHIP!!
haha, some idiot thinks Napalm Death is somehow not grindcore. hilarious.
It's the s**t! You Suffer is a classic moment recorded, so f**king cool!
You suffer is, you suffer through. it's not that long
You guy's don't get s**t anymore. they're still the s**t and the same Napalm Death. to me, after every album I've ever heard by them they become more appealing each time. I've listened since like 97-, BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER EACH TIME.
Are they really grind core though? I don't get it
anthonylmabe s
You suffer (but Why?)
always great !!!
Utilitarian is some of the craziest stuff I've ever listened to.
I like napalm death but I think that adding core to the end of a genre distracts from the bands musical quality... Pandora should recognize that
Oh my god "". They r still the best ///
20061926
@fgiruzzi3
Just like their music
Short highly concentrated rage
what.... o.o
Apparently Chewbacca lakes Napalm Death :)
nybo_9
Personal favorite album
Gods of grindcore! \M/
Saw These dudes in Kansas City in 07 with Kataklysm and It was the best show I had ever been to!
Diatribes?
Don't read this because it really works. U will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. But if u don't post this u will die in two days. Now u have started reading so don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes and when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. It's scary b/c it works
\m/ \m/
Much Respect to ND, Godfathers of Grind. Here's to another 30 years!
NAPAL DEATH I wash they were fron FLORIDA ,I heard they are from WPB or evevn FORT LAUDERDALE!! !
Commie and proud. Nazi f**k
who the f**k else puts out albums year after year like Napalm f**king Death? NOBODY, that's who
COMMIE PUNKS,F**K OFF!
Pandora is missing Inside The Torn Apart and Words From The Exit Wound. the last two albums they did with Earache records
shelly3963
Can't wait to see Napalm Death with Municipal Waste in NYC this month! Gotta get my dose of thrash...\m/ ( - _ - ) \ m /
Scum and Feto were the best. Lee Dorian is better than Barney Greenway. Although Greenway is good Lee Dorian was just better.
bathory310
Scum Brutalized Scum! Awesome!
Napalm Death Rules!!

For those Red Dwarf Fans out there, Napalm Death was the backing band for the Hit Single OOmmmmmm
I have been a fan since Harmony Corruption. One of my all time favorite bands.
burn the children with napalm death
Commie wimps.
nomad
hells yeah
Seen em a couple years back, and I must say they sound 100X better live.
Saw their first ever US show in NYC !!!! freakin awesome .. opened the show were Revenant and Immolation!! ! KIller show !!!! But ND had a bit of jet lag !! hahahahah They still were GREAT!!!
Napalm Death...f**k i n g hell. These f**king guys...these f**king guys. Just too good.
True pioneers. No compromise
miazwildt
I saw these guys with Bolt thrower and Malevolent Creation. Tampa, Florida 1991. You didn't.
perfect early grindcore band, average death metal band
to obliteration . . . . . is their BEST stuff !!! but still all very good !!
anteatermast e r
The only way I could find any eye-opening sociopolitic a l lyrical commentary was by reading the lyrics online. It sounds like gibberish to me--but I like it nonetheless.
been a fan since i was 12 and heard utopia banished for the first time. alway amazing, very political , and always pissed, they eat posers for brunch with thier tea
Righteous Pigs RULE! Hope you all die in a hotel fire!
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