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Formed: 1981
From: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Napalm Death News

Below is our complete Napalm Death news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Napalm Death Premiere New Track “Oh So Pseudo”

Napalm Death debut the below stream of “Oh So Pseudo” off their forthcoming 2-CD rarities, etc. compilation, “Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs“, which will be out in stores on March 30th via Century Media.

Here’s how it will run: More...

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See Andrew W.K. Air-Drumming To Napalm Death

Hard-partying rocker Andrew W.K. dropped by the NME Basement to rip through this incredible air-drumming performance of Napalm Death’s ‘Extremity Retained'. Watch it below:

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Thrashback Thursday: Suffer The Children

Each week in our Thrashback Thursday column, we take a look at one song, released at least two years ago (though usually way before) and examine what makes them such a great song. After witnessing a furious performance from grindcore daddies, Napalm Death last night, (see review here,) and speaking with frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway for half an hour (interview coming soon,) it seemed the perfect time to look back at one of many classics from the band, with the decision going to, "Suffer The Children."

"Suffer The Children" was the first music video from the band as well as the first single from the 1990 album, "Harmony Corruption," their first with Barney Greenway on vocals, who had come in from Benediction to replace Lee Dorrian, who himself was about to find success with influential doom metal band, Cathedral. The album was a success in the American metal underground and fared well in their native Britain, but was met with some cynicism at home from those who were unhappy with the death metal influences seeping in to the grindcore sound.

The song itself actually has something of a thrash metal quality, a break neck tempo and a memorable vocal delivery, as well as a rather catchy riff. Drummer Mick Harris sounds fantastic on this song, as he did throughout his entire time with Napalm Death and really anchors the track with his precision timing and rapid blast beats. The guitar sound is absolutely filthy, just the way fans wanted it back then (and many do now) which is a major part of creating the dirty, if you will "street" sound of song. There are many highlights on "Harmony Corruption" but many would point to this anthem against religious indoctrination as the record's greatest asset. More...

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Napalm Death Shows No Mercy In Murcia

Life for a metal fan in the south east of Spain can be a little frustrating. Most bands that tour Europe tend to only perform in Madrid and Barcelona when they come through, with occasional shows in Seville and Bilbao from time to time. However, deep in the heart of Spain's holiday area, in the city of Murcia, lies the Garaje Beat Club, a small venue which has been able to bring in some respected and popular names such as Lacuna Coil, Ratos de Porao and G.B.H. Tonight, the godfathers of grindcore Napalm Death were in town to perform at the club and treat the Iberian Peninsula to a blistering show the likes of which only they can provide.

There were no less than three support bands in tow tonight, perhaps the best of which was Fostioner from the Spanish capital of Madrid. The quintet has so far released two records, the most recent of which was the four track, "Chandal Defenders," which was represented on the night by such songs as "Margaret Thrasher." My Spanish is far from perfect, so I was unable to understand much of the between song banter, but the few who had arrived early were laughing quite a lot. Fostioner displayed a great musicianship, influenced by death and grindcore as much as thrash, which makes for a solid metal sound. Plus, any group whose signature song is called, "Spaceship Bukkake" automatically wins. Great way to start the show. More...

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Napalm Death Announces Compilation Album

Britain’s grindcore pioneers Napalm Death are happy to announce the release of a special 2CD, 2LP and Digital Download compilation entitled "Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs" for March 2018 via Century Media Records.

This special release will include a total of 31 songs in a playing time of over 90 minutes compiling rarities and exclusive earworms spanning 2004-2016 from the whirling gene pool of noise that is Napalm Death. The release’s cover artwork, created by longtime visual partner Frode Sylthe, can be seen below. More...

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Napalm Death Posts New Song Online

British grindcore legends Napalm Death has posted a new song online entitled, "Nurse The Hunger." You can check it out below. The song was written in 2014 by guitarist Mitch Harris, but was didn't make the "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" album and will instead be released on flexi disc as part of a special edition of Decibel magazine. The pressing is very limited and fewer than 1000 copies remain. Napalm Death themselves will soon embarking on a tour of Portugal and Spain and are expected to begin work on a new album shortly. More...

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Napalm Death: Entire Glastonbury 2017 Show Posted

Pro-shot live footage of Napalm Death's full set at this year's edition of the "Glastonbury" festival in the UK is streaming below. The band was among the first grindcore acts to ever hit the stage at this prestigious festival.

Check it out below:





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Barney: No New Napalm Death Album Before Late 2018

Napalm Death frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway was recently interviewed by Australia's "Sticks For Stones". Questioned about a recent post on the band's Facebook page revealing they were back at Parlour Studios in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England recording their next album, Greenway clarifies:

"This is one of the, I say, problems in small letters with social media sometimes. As soon as you put a post like that, people just kind of think - understandably so - that you've got a bunch of new songs ready to go. Well, we haven't. It's very preliminary stages. I mean, basically, we're at the point where Shane went into the studio with Danny and basically laid a load of stuff down that he'd been thinking of doing. So there may be some material that never sees the light of day. I just don't know, 'cause I haven't actually heard it yet. I've got the stuff, but I haven't actually sat down and listened to it yet. So there's nothing approaching any complete songs. And the reality is that it won't even surface probably till later next year, I would have thought. So it's gonna be a while yet."

You can now listen to the entire chat below.

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Earache Releasing 30th Anniversary Book

A very special release to commemorate Earache's 30th anniversary is on the way. Chronicling the development of this independent label, "Adapt or Die - 30 Shades Of Noise" tells the story of how a disparate group of amateur enthusiasts bonded over a form of music deemed too dangerous or deviant for the mainstream, and left a lasting legacy on the wider music scene.

The tale explains the evolution of the label and the music it released, with testimonies from those that were there and made it happen - label staff, band members, and music industry associates - recounting the herculean effort that took underground punk from the squats to the global media, the highs and lows along the way, and the recent reinvention and resurgence Earache has enjoyed with a more commercial brand of hard rock.

The book itself includes anecdotes and new information previously unheard until now from key staff members, as well as members of all the iconic bands from Napalm Death through to Rival Sons.

Additionally, the release contains hundreds of unseen and unreleased photos from the personal archives of those involved, and is accompanied by 4 CDs compiling over 70 tracks from the past 30 years. Pre-orders are available here. More...

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Lock Up: New Full-Album Streaming

Lock Up (Napalm Death, Ex-Brutal Truth) premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Demonization", out in stores now via Listenable Records.

Check out now "Demonization" in its entirety below.

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Brujeria To Support Napalm Death

Mexican murderous deathgrind outfit Brujeria will infiltrate European shores in April and May as support to grindcore pioneers Napalm Death.

This European tour will take the bands across 12 countries and 24 cities in four weeks. Support will also be coming from Texan crossover thrashers Power Trip and satanic deathgrinders Lock Up. Dates are as follows:

25.04. DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio
26.04. S Gothenburg - Pustervik
27.04. S Stockholm - Kraken STHLM
28.04. D Flensburg - Roxy
29.04. D Magdeburg - Factory
30.04. NL Haarlem - Patronaat More...

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The Black Dahlia Murder Announces New Tour

After completing an extensive trek this past spring, The Black Dahlia Murder is ready to head out on the road again - first, joining Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, Allegaeon, Combichrist, All Hail The Yeti, and Oni for some performances across North America, before kicking off a co-headlining USA run with Napalm Death.

Set to begin November 1st, this "Abysmal Predator" co-headliner features Abnormality, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, and Power Trip as support on select performances. The Black Dahlia Murder will also headline a few shows before and after joining this tour package.

The Black Dahlia Murder comments: "It is our great pleasure to once again reunite with our long-time pals in Napalm Death; we really hit it off with them when we were just little tykes on our first-ever European tour so many years ago. To this day, Napalm remain a vital force in music and are some of my absolute heroes. It feels great to finally be able to announce this amazing line-up we've been brewing... Keeping a secret this good was killing me inside! All of the bands are absolutely killer and we couldn't be more proud to be considered a part of this elite. We'll see you this fall, bring your helmet!" More...

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Get With The Metal: Graspop & Hellfest Live Stream

The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.

As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.

Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.

As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.

Among the many acts to check out:

Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):

18h35 Inquisition
19h30 Sacred Reich
20h30 Korpiklaani
21h35 Overkill
22h40 Aura Noir
23h45 Testament
00h45 Abbath More...

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Metal Must Evolve

My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.

Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.

Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...

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Napalm Death Checks In From The Road

U.K. grindcore outfit Napalm Death is currently on a massive touring campaign across North America as part of the "Savage Imperial Death March" together with The Melvins and Melt Banana.

Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury checked in with the following status report: "This ongoing tour with Melt Banana and the The Melvins has been awesome! A really great vibe between all 3 of the bands with a lot of the shows selling out which is great to see. The diversity of the fans and the musical styles of the bands on offer for me is really refreshing! I also got to play 'Night Goat' live with The Melvins, which for me is one of the best songs ever! But for sure this kind of tour is inspirational food for thought as I look towards writing for the next Napalm Death album!"

Napalm Death has also revealed a string of new European festival dates, a tour across South America for June/July, and a first show of 2017. See the band live: More...

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Napalm Death Releases New Video

Napalm Death is about to start a massive touring campaign across North America as part of the "Savage Imperial Death March" together with The Melvins and Melt Banana.

Today a new video clip for the track "Dear Slum Landlord" off Napalm Death's 15th studio album "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" has been launched and can be seen below.

This very special clip for "Dear Slum Landlord" was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight Media and includes performance footage shot by Oliver Barth of Visions In Fear.

Napalm Death vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway checked in to comment on the video as follows: "Being a very queasy and deliberately monotone kind of song, we felt simplicity was the key with the video for 'Dear Slum Landlord.' Suitably, thanks to two production people in Oliver and Costin - who really understand the contrasting elements of Napalm Death - it's simple, desolate, black and white and just that little bit grim, befitting the subject matter of interconnected housing/labour exploitation which does its best to remain hidden from view." More...

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Napalm Death Announces Tour With The Melvins

So this is an odd and interesting pairing: Napalm Death and the Melvins join forces for the Savage Imperial Death March Tour, a six-week spring trek that that kicks off on March 26th at The Marquee in Phoenix, Ariz.

“We have been talking about doing a tour like this for a long time so we are thrilled it’s finally happening,” says Napalm Death bass player Shane Embury. “Having been long time fans and friends of the Melvins we are very happy to be embarking on this six-week tour of musical madness with them and Melt Banana. Expect the unexpected!”

Melvins’ singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne added: “Napalm Death sounds like a gorilla on LSD firing a machine gun… and I mean that in a good way. We’re happy to be heading out with the ultimate grindcore pioneers.”

This isn’t the first time the two bands have collaborated. In 2004, Buzz Osborne, Shane Embury and Danny Herrera played together in Venomous Concept.

The Melvins also released "Across The USA in 51 Days: The Movie!" on Friday. The DVD release, filmed by the band and crew during a 2012 attempt to break the record for the fastest tour of the United States (plus DC), dedicates one minute to each state (and district). More...

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Napalm Death Releasing Split w/Heaven Shall Burn

U.K. grindcore band Napalm Death and Germany's Heaven Shall Burn have teamed up for a very special split 7" EP release.

Entitled "The Mission Creep," this limited vinyl-only split 7" EP will be released on December 11, 2015 via the bands' longtime label Century Media Records and it will include both an unreleased song by Heaven Shall Burn called "Battle Of Attrition" as well as the unreleased Napalm Death track "An Extract (Strip It Clean)."

Heaven Shall Burn comments: "It is a huge honour for us to be releasing this split 7" EP. It not only is the first 7" in Heaven Shall Burn's career, but also shared with a band that has been an influence on all levels of our band's development. Napalm Death have been a constant inspiration and will always remain innovators. We are as happy as young kids, again! Our song 'Battle Of Attrition' deals with the happenings on the battlegrounds of Flanders from more than a 100 years ago and the unfortunately repeating tragedies for all Nations, which are misled into devastating war scenarios."

Napalm Death adds: "Split recordings are a great opportunity to explore something a little different, and with the voice that Heaven Shall Burn have out there in the world, we thought it was a nice route down which to spread our own tentacles of music and ideas. The convergence of ideas between our two bands on the design side of the EP was quite seamless, so as good a meeting of minds as there should be." More...

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Carcass' Bill Steer Rejoins Napalm Death On Stage

Watch Carcass guitarist Bill Steer below, rejoining his former band Napalm Death for the first time since 1988 to perform the classic ND track "Deceiver". The track originally appeared on the B-side of Napalm Death's debut album "Scum", which was released in July 1987 via Earache.

Carcass, Napalm Death, Obituary, Voivod are currently touring Europe. Check out all remaining dates of the European "Deathcrusher Tour 2015" below: More...

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