I don’t think the world was ever really ready for the first Napalm Death album (‘Scum’) when it dropped back in 1987. I mean, how are you ready for an album that attacks multinational greed by corporations and politics the way it did when 1987 was the year that heavily boasted partying, sex and hairspray with the release of Appetite For Destruction? Well, whether the people were ready or not, Napalm Death did it with no fucks given. And why not? Now, 25 years on, the band are releasing their 15th studio album.
15 albums! In 25 years! That’s fuckin’ mental! Who does that? Well, Napalm Death do and even though the band has changed a lot over the years (bassist Shane Embury being the only original member), their collaboration of brutal grindcore, mixed with death metal and punk, hasn’t waned in the slightest with the band delivering one of their finest efforts yet.
‘Utilitarian’ is just as you would expect from Napalm Death… like a freight train bowling you over and before you realise you’ve been bulldozed, the album’s over. The 16 tracks fly past at breakneck speeds even though the album clocks in at just over 45 minutes. Believe me, it doesn’t feel it.
Musically, the album is packed with Mitch Harris’ signature style and guitar riffs, Embury’s shredding basslines, Danny Herrera’s blast-beat drumming is as chaotic as ever while Barney’s gruff vocals mixed with Harris’ screams are the perfect contrast and go together like just like Sonny and Cher… or Ike and Tina Turne… Know what I mean?
‘The Wolf I Feed’ is a good indication of just what I’m talking about. To put it simply, this band has no interest in going soft or losing any of the things you loved about them to begin with. Yeah, your life will be greatly improved with Napalm Death. FACT! I would tell you hit picks but honestly, they are all worthy of your time. I mean, it’s Napalm Death. Enough said.
Napalm Death: Utilitarian
Produced: Russ Russell
Released: February 27, 2012
Genre: Grindcore, Death Metal
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