Over the past thirty years Napalm Death have released over a dozen albums upon this planet, each more brutal than the last. From debut album Scum through to the soon to be released Utilitarian they have continued to show why they are one of the best grindcore bands on earth.
My favourite ever Napalm Death moment was when I saw them in Sunderland approximately two years ago. For people who aren’t big Napalm Death fans they have the shortest song ever recorded called “You Suffer”. As I leaned toward my friend to tell him how much I was looking forward to Napalm Death playing this song they played it without warning. I was more than a bit upset.
It is truly a blessing for a band to be a force to reckon with live as well as in the studio and over the last three decades Napalm Death have been this and more. All sixteen tracks on Utilitarian are excellent, Barney Greenway and co have their fingers on the pulse from beginning through to end.
Over the past five or so albums Napalm Death have attempted to show more musical elements within their music to show that they are more than just one of the most brutal “don’t give a fuck” attitude bands on the planet. As well as melodic chorus and call and response vocal hooks Napalm Death even have saxophones on the first track.
Like everything Napalm Death does it is ; unimaginable before it is put to tape, but this is why they are loved and have a loyal fan base. They put the ideas that every angry rock musician has in their heads into a song no matter how out there they are.
If you are an avid Napalm Death fan I suggest you purchase this album when it is released later this month. If you don’t know a lot about the machine known as Napalm Death then I suggest you purchase your album and prepare for an audio onslaught. 7/10