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 their own 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 flip side 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 Grind Crusher 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 Fuck 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. 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. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

Quelle: - Scum

1988 - From Enslavement To Obliteration

1988 - The Curse (EP)

1989 - Mentally Murdered (Mini-LP)

1989 - Live - rise above (Mini-LP)

1990 - Harmony Corruption

1990 - Suffer the Children (EP)

1991 - Death By Manipulation

1992 - Utopia Banished

1992 - The World Keeps Turning (EP)

1993 - Nazi Punks Fuck Off (7")

1994 - Fear, Emptiness, Despair

1995 - Greed Killing (EP)

1996 - Diatribes

1997 - In Tongues We Speak (Split-EP)

1997 - Inside The Torn Apart

1997 - Breed To Breath (MiniLP)

1999 - Words From The Exit Wound

1999 - Leaders Not Followers (EP)

2001 - Enemy Of The Music Business

2002 - Order Of The Leech

2004 - Leaders Not Followers: Part 2

2005 - The Code Is Red... Long Live The Code

2006 - Smear Campaign



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Montag 13.09.2004
Mit dem Coveralbum "Leaders Not Followers: Part 2" verfolgen die Grindcore-Veteranen NAPALM DEATH eine Mission und fördern verschüttete Krach-Klassiker an das Licht des 21. Jahrhunderts.
Dienstag 19.04.2005
Viele Worte braucht man über NAPALM DEATH nicht mehr zu verlieren, denn wer die Band kennt, weiß, was der mittlerweile wieder zum Quartett geschrumpfte Haufen zu leisten imstande ist.


Leaders Not Followers: Part 2 - Cover
Ein Cover-Album, bei dem nur drei der gewürdigten Bands wirklich bekannt sind, eine weitere Handvoll einen Kultstatus genießt, der einigermaßen über ihre Ur-Hörerschaft hinaus geht, und für die andere
Smear Campaign - Cover
Mit "The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code" veröffentlichten NAPALM DEATH erst vor eineinhalb Jahren eine der geilsten Abrissbirnen, die die grindige Industrie in den letzten Jahren zustande gebracht ha
The Code Is Red... Long Live The Code - Cover
Zwei Atompilze, stilisierte Politikervisagen, darunter Menschenknochen und augenscheinlich tote Embryos.