Napalm DeathTwo decades after inventing grindcore, NAPALM DEATH continue to demonstrate that their work is far from done. In the intervening years, there have been changes, but the mission has remained the same: to outlast every trend, never compromise, provide a political voice for the voiceless, and create the most brutal, challenging music on earth (Outburn Magazine, USA). Smear Campaign, the bands sophomore Century Media studio album, exhibits every one of these traits, this time concentrating on the theme of why we should not just accept religion and moral codes into our lives, which limit our desire to trust in ourselves.
Formed in 1982, NAPALM DEATH are the legitimate forefathers of grindcore and achieved a legendary status already during their early days with their viciously raw demos like Hatred Surge and the debut album Scum (1987), which started a truly violent revolution within the world of extreme music. Ever since then their name is inevitably connected with raving high-speed, and although no member of the original line-up is playing in the band these days they haven't cut down on their ferocity. The lot from Birmingham, England, still delivers a furious mix formed out of highly aggressive (extreme-) metal and savage hardcore/punk fitted with social criticism. Their ceaseless worldwide touring helped them gain technical perfection and thus the ability to refine their sound. The early to mid nineties saw NAPALM DEATH implement more death metal elements (just listen to 1990s Harmony Corruption), groove and even melodies in their songs, e.g. to be heard on the blistering albums Fear, Emptiness, Despair (1994) and Diatribes (1996). But, to avoid any misconceptions, our beloved grinders never alienated their fans with drastic musical changes. Their songs continued to be inalterable monuments of fury and especially Enemy Of The Music Business (2001), Order Of The Leech (2002) as well as 2005s The Code Is RedLong Live The Code demonstrated Napalm Death's dedication to sheer brutality and blasting noisy sonic eruptions.
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