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

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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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UVTV Films Hatebreed, Napalm Death and Exodus

Underground Video Television (UVTV) was at the Monsters of Mayhem tour in Allentown PA at the Croc Rock on Friday Sep 8 with arrangements for filming live footage of Exodus, Napalm Death, and headliners Hatebreed. During the show Exodus bassist Jack Gibson told the UVTV crew stories of tour bus driving expertise in Europe and hoped his hair looked good in the footage. Rob Dukes, Exodus vocalist, asked if his stage dive into the mosh pit was captured on tape. You can read the full Monsters of Mayhem show report and review on the UVTV blogs. Exclusive live footage from this event will be available on the UVTV website in the future.

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Jesse Pintado Memorial Album Free For Download

Earache Records is making available for free downloading an mp3 album in honour of the late Jesse Pintado. The album, which is entitled ‘In Memory Of Jesse Pintado’, is a mixture of Jesse’s most well-known songs recorded for both Napalm Death and Terrorizer during his time as guitarist for the bands. Dan Tobin, label manager of Earache Records, said this in regards to Jesse’s sudden passing:

"Jesse was one of the most genuine people I ever met, extremely friendly and easy-going. Its such a tragic waste. I’ll remember him as part of what is my all time favourite Earache record, Terrorizer’s ‘World Downfall’, which is simply a grindcore masterpiece, and for all his amazing work with Napalm Death that I was honoured to be a small part of. I don’t think Jesse’s passing has been recognised as the huge loss it is – the worlds of extreme music and grindcore/death metal have lost a true pioneer. We owe him a massive debt and for that I’ll always remember the guy fondly."

The track-listing for the album, which can be downloaded here, is as follows:

01. Ripped To Shreds (Terrorizer)
02. The World Keeps Turning (Napalm Death)
03. Throwaway (Napalm Death)
04. Storm Of Stress (Terrorizer)
05. Upwards And Uninterested (Napalm Death)
06. I Abstain (Napalm Death)
07. Corporation Pull-In (Terrorizer)
08. Purist Realist (Napalm Death)
09. Remain Nameless (Napalm Death)
10. Inner Incineration (Napalm Death)

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Napalm Death Comment on Ex-guitarist's Death

The following message has been posted on the official NAPALM DEATH web site:

"The band are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Jesse Pintado this past Sunday. Please expect a statement shortly. Jesse Pintado was a member of NAPALM DEATH from 1989-2004."

In a recent interview with Rockdetector.com, Pintado spoke about his final days in NAPALM DEATH.

"The departure was basically due to a variety of reasons," he said. "We shared a house together, we toured together, we were always together, but people move on. Along the way there was a little rough bumps, though I don't know. In my situation it got to the point where I needed a little fresh start. I'm still good friends with the guys; there's no animosity there, we're all cool, and they're happy with what I'm doing." More...

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Ex-Napalm Death Guitarist Jesse Pintado Dies

Guitarist Jesse Pintado (TERRORIZER, ex-NAPALM DEATH) died over the weekend in a hospital in Holland, Century Media Records has confirmed. A pioneer in our musical genre, Jesse and his influential sound will be sorely missed. Century Media Records will make a further announcement later in the week.

In a recent interview with Rockdetector.com, Pintado spoke about his final days in NAPALM DEATH.

"The departure was basically due to a variety of reasons," he said. "We shared a house together, we toured together, we were always together, but people move on. Along the way there was a little rough bumps, though I don't know. In my situation it got to the point where I needed a little fresh start. I'm still good friends with the guys; there's no animosity there, we're all cool, and they're happy with what I'm doing." More...

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Napalm Death Post New Song Online

A brand new NAPALM DEATH track, entitled "When All Is Said and Done", ahs been made available for streaming at this location. The song comes off the British grindcore pioneers' new album, "Smear Campaign", due on September 19 via Century Media Records (one day earlier inernationally). The follow-up to last year's "The Code Is Red…Long Live the Code" was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales, England and features a guest appearance by THE GATHERING frontwoman Anneke van Giersbergen. More...

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Born From Pain To Tour Europe With Napalm Death

Dutch metalcore act BORN FROM PAIN has issued the following update:

"We have finally started working at Antfarm Studios with Tue Madsen this week. We'll be recording 11 songs for our new full-length CD with the working title 'Suicide Nations'. New songs included are 'Relentless', 'Stop At Nothing', 'Eyes Of The World', 'Behind Enemy Lines', just to name a few. We'll be done early September and it will be released late November via Metal Blade Records. We feel this is our best stuff ever, so get excited! More news when we leave the studio.

"The months before the release of the new record will see us gearing up with metal/grind legends NAPALM DEATH and SUFFOCATION for a five-week tour all over the European continent. Check www.bornfrompain.com for tour dates."

BORN FROM PAIN's third full-length album, "In Love with the End", was released last year via Metal Blade Records.

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Napalm Death Support PETA2

Look for ads this month rolling out with NAPALM DEATH supporting PETA2.com’s “Save #99” campaign, to view click here. The anti-vivisection ad quotes NAPALM DEATH vocalist/activist Barney Greenway as saying, “Vivisection is one of the ultimate acts of disrespect, and conclusions from it are questionable. Time to consign it to the history books.” The full-page ad centers around a primate “#99” who “lived in a cage in a laboratory in Vienna, VA. Everyday, workers forced tubes up his nose and down his throat to pump in and test a mysterious experimental substance. It made him sick and weak, and his hair fell out.” The ad continues asking readers to, “Join Barney in speaking out against cruel vivisection experiments on primates. #99 couldn’t stop the abuse - but you can.” The first chance North American readers will have to see the ad is in this month’s issue of Decibel Magazine.

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Napalm Death Announce European Tour Dates

NAPALM DEATH have lined up the following European tour dates:

October 18 - Newcastle, UK @ University
October 19 - Southampton, UK @ TBA
October 20 - Bradford, UK @ Rio
October 21 - TBC, UK @ TBC
October 22 - Haarlem, NETH Patronaat
October 23 - Bochum, GER @ Matrix
October 24 - Fulda, GER @ TBA
October 25 - Berlin, GER @ So 36
October 26 - Bremen, GER @ TBA
October 27 - Flensburg, GER @ Roxy
October 28 - Leipzig, GER @ Conne Island
October 29 - Praha, CZR @ TBA
October 30 - Budapest, HUN @ TBA
October 31 - Zagreb, CRO @ TBA
November 1 - Wien, AUT @ TBA
November 2 - München, GER @ Backstage
November 3 - Stuttgart, GER @ Universum
November 4 - MontdIdier, FRA @ Coolness festival
November 5 - Kontich / Anterpen, BEL @ TBA
November 7 - Bielfeld, GER @ Movie
November 10 - Saarbrücken, GER @
November 11 - PARIS or GRENOBLE, FRA @ TBC
November 12 - Belfort, FRA @ La Poudriere
November 13 - Marseille, FRA @ TBA
November 14 - Euskadi/Asturias/Cantabria, SPA @ TBA
November 15 - Madrid, SPA @ TBA
November 16 - BarcelonaValencia, SPA @ TBA
November 17 - Pau, FRA @ L'ampli
November 18 - Nantes @ FRA TBA
November 19 - London, UK @ Underworld w/ Genghis Tron

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Terrorizer Frontman Comments On Napalm Death Split

TERRORIZER guitarist Jesse Pintado recently spoke to Rockdetector.com's Welsh interviewer Anthony Morgan. Topics of discussion included the group's recent reformation, the recording of their upcoming album "Darker Days Ahead", the uncertain future of side-project LOCKUP and the circumstances surrounding Pintado's departure from NAPALM DEATH after 15 years of service. Several excerpts from the interview follow:

Rockdetector: What were your motives in resurrecting TERRORIZER?

Jesse Pintado: "Basically, we've always spoken about it, and jammed even. We went to Florida and rehearsed some music. Enough material had been compiled for a full-length record, and we enjoyed playing the songs. So we decided 'Why not? Let's do a record.'"

Rockdetector: How would you compare the new songs to the old songs from years back?

Jesse Pintado: "I think they're in the same vein. If anything, they're more brutal though — I think it's way faster, the guitars are downtuned, it's heavier and it's got a different feel."

Rockdetector: Why was "Dead Shall Rise" re-recorded?

Jesse Pintado: "When we were rehearsing I brought out my demo tapes just to listen to. The original version had a 32-bar blast in the chorus line, but when we listened to the album version, it had a skank beat. This was slower, like 'da na da na da na,' yet the demo take had blast, like 'daaa naa da naa (aggressive).' We started rehearsing the track, so I thought 'Hey we should do it.' That's really the original way."

Rockdetector: Could you talk me through your final days in NAPALM DEATH?

Jesse Pintado: "The departure was basically due to a variety of reasons. We shared a house together, we toured together, we were always together, but people move on. Along the way there was a little rough bumps, though I don't know. In my situation it got to the point where I needed a little fresh start. I'm still good friends with the guys; there's no animosity there, we're all cool, and they're happy with what I'm doing."

Rockdetector: Did the media twist the situation in some ways? The media reported that the band stated you had personal problems and alcohol issues, so did they manipulate the facts?

Jesse Pintado: "Yeah, of course. The other day I was browsing the Internet, and they stated I was dead! I thought 'Oh shit, I'm dead!' I really don't pay much attention to that."

Rockdetector: Did you do any soul searching after you left NAPALM DEATH, because you'd been in the group for well over a decade?

Jesse Pintado: "Hmm no, basically I lived in England for such a long time. In a crazy way I moved to Holland, and from there I was working on TERRORIZER. I wanted to visit California so I could spend time with my family, because my parents are quite old. Also, I heard some bad news about my grandma, so..."

Rockdetector: In a few years to come and if the timing was right, would you consider rejoining NAPALM DEATH if asked?

Jesse Pintado: "I don't know. If the timing was right, maybe, but I don't think that'll come. I can't foretell the future though, but we'll see."

Rockdetector: Do you regret the way things turned out with your former bandmates?

Jesse Pintado: "No, not at all. Like I said, we're still mates and we keep in touch. I don't regret one bit."

Read the full interview at Rockdetector.com.

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Century Media Posts Fourth Podcast

Century Media Records announces the fourth installment of its monthly Podcast is available for download today from iTunes or Century Media's website. The new Podcast features over 60 minutes of music, news, tour updates, and a contest.

Fans can download the free Podcast (available through iTunes) for their exclusive first chance to hear global premiers from international sensations NAPALM DEATH, DIECAST and ARCH ENEMY. The program also features new music from HEAVEN SHALL BURN, CELTIC FROST, TERRORIZER, MERCENARY, POISONBLACK and KRISIUN. In addition to the wealth of music from The Century Media library, the Podcast taps into co-conspiring labels from the Century Family with Nuclear Blast America lending a new ALL SHALL PERISH track, Liquor & Poker Music offer up a CRUCIFIED BARBARA song, and Abacus Recordings presents a tune from CLIFTON. The Century Media Podcast series, furthermore, highlights a title exclusive to CM Distro in each installment. This month, Galy Records recording artist SHAOLIN is featured.

To coincide with the fifteenth anniversary of Century Media's U.S. operations, the Podcast will showcase music from the label's rich history. This episode boasts remastered tracks from the NEVERMORE and STUCK MOJO reissues. There is a contest tied-in with the Podcast that will test everyone's knowledge of the Century Media catalogue. One, grand prize winner will receive a multitude of autographed materials from Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy and many more. Details and submission info is contained within the episode.

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More Hatebreed, Napalm Death Dates

More dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring HATEBREED, NAPALM DEATH, EXODUS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DESPISED ICON, and FIRST BLOOD:

September 3 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium*
September 4 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx*
September 5 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
September 8 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
September 10 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom*
September 14 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
September 15 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
September 16 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
September 17 - Huntington, WV @ Huntington Music Hall
September 19 - Chcicago, IL @ House of Blues
September 20 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
September 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ @ Eagles Club

* = have since been removed from where the date was originally listed.

An official/complete list of dates is expected to be revealed shortly.

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Mnemic New Track To Feature Napalm Death Singer

Danish modern metallers MNEMIC have announced that their upcoming third album will feature guest appearances by Jeff Walker (CARCASS) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH).

Commented guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie: "Last weekend, we hooked up with two fine gentelmen, Jeff and Shane from U.K. grind masters CARCASS and NAPALM DEATH. We grew up on the 'Symphonies', 'Necroticism' and 'Harmony Corruption' records, and it's nothing short of an honour to have such legendary musicians on our new album. Jeff did an amazing job singing along with Guillaume [ex-SCARVE and current MNEMIC singer Guillaume Bideau] and Shane doing back-ups. The song turned out really brutal and we simply can't wait to hear the final mix!"

Check out pictures from the recording sessions at this location.

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Hatebreed Plan Headlining Tour After Ozzfest

Hatebreed will headline a full U.S. tour set to commence in September and run through October. The bill will feature support from the Black Dahlia Murder throughout, plus Napalm Death, Exodus, First Blood and Despised Icon. "We've never gone out on a headline run immediately following Ozzfest, and we've always wanted to, and we always felt we needed to, but there were always plans that superseded that," frontman Jamey Jasta said. "We're taking out a very extreme bill. We're going to call it maybe the Monsters of Mosh, something crazy like that. But it will be a good way for us to give back to the underground, extreme scenes, and also for us to go out and headline for the first time in a long, long time and do a full hour-and-a-half set with our new staging and new gear."

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Napalm Death Give Studio Update and Video Preview

UK’s godfathers of Grindcore, Napalm Death,have finished recording "Smear Campaign," their highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code. You can check out a streaming video preview of the album here.

Reporting on the Foel Studios recording sessions, vocalist Barney Greenway said, "We just spent a few weeks again in the studio in Wales where we recorded The Code..., which was obviously such a good experience that we decided to return. Whilst we were not trying to compete with Code..., or make the same album again, it has to be said that Smear Campaign sounds twice as immense. We didn’t fuck around getting the songs together but somehow Smear Campaign seems to come across as a more in-depth experience.

“It was very cool that Anneke from The Gathering offered to sing on the album. It’s really funny, because we never would have thought about having guest vocals before the The Code... but every vocalist worked well with the song they contributed to. Anneke´s style is clearly very different to that of, for example, Jello Biafra but what she does totally enhances the experience. It sounds pretty spooky.

“Lyrics: I guess people know about the album title now but to give a brief explanation the general thread is actually a question asking why exactly we need religion to give us a basis on how to run our lives. Can we not be trusted as human beings to make our own decisions? This applies in my eyes to everything from Christianity to Paganism to Satanism. Surely the world would be more peaceful without religious restrictions and all this false morality!”

Some song titles we can already reveal are: “Rabid Wolves (For Christ)”, “In Deference”, “Atheist Runt”, “When All Is Said and Done”, “Sink Fast, Let Go”, “Shattered Existence”, “Fatalist”, and “Call That An Option?” Set for release via Century Media Records, NAPALM DEATH’s Smear Campaign’s European release is slated for September 18 and September 19 in North America. Having completed the new album, NAPALM DEATH will be hitting some European summer festivals delivering a dose of utter violent grindcore intensity on stage!

Napalm Death tour dates:

29.06.2006 Masnou El Mansou (E) @ In The Beach
30.06.2006 Roitzschjora (D) @ With Full Force Festval www.withfullforce.de
01.07.2006 Vigo M Trento (I) @ Metalparty Festival
02.07.2006 Cuneo (I) @ Nuvolari Fest
03.07.2006 Roma (I) @ Forte Prenestino
05.07.2006 Porto Torres (I) @ Campo Sportivo
06.07.2006 Palermo (I) @ Bier Garten
07.07.2006 Cologne-BS (I) @ Grind Your Mother III
12.08.2006 Prague (CZ) @ Brutal Assault Festival
14.08.2006 Szczytno (PL) @ Hunterfestival
26.08.2006 Kavarna (PL) @ Thrash Til Death Festival

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Brutal Assault Festival Lineup Nearly Complete

The 11th edition of the Brutal Assault festival is scheduled for August 10th - 12th in Svojsice U Prelouce (100 km east of Prague), Czech Republic.

Organizers have issued the following update:

This year’s event promises more impressive expansion and confirms that the organizers don’t intend to stagnate. On the contrary, from year to year, the festival’s program is more and more various and promises more and more foreign metal crowd-pullers for the fans of promiscuous extreme genres. Thanks to the participation of many first-rate metal bands, this event aspires to become a major metal festival in central Europe.

It’s difficult to say which band can be branded as the headliner because this year’s lineup offers up several giants of the metal genre.

Great attraction, especially for fans of atmospheric or symphonic black metal are Norwegians black metal gurus DIMMU BORGIR. In their case we can look for a frosty and dark concert experience.

The next exclusive guest comes from the USA. FEAR FACTORY, who were well known as a representatives of dehumanized cyber metal, but nowadays they come with a new actual face of the year 2006. More...

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Gathering Singer To Guest On Napalm Death Album

NAPALM DEATH frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"As you may have heard, we are back in Wales at Foel recording the next NAPALM album (this place is fast becoming our favourite place to record!). Really, this thing is sounding absolutely immense. If you liked 'The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code', you'll really love this one, I think. We absolutely busted our arses to get everything ready, and the rest of the band really pulled out the stops to make some great, grinding music, with Russ Russell working wonders once again to produce that NAPALM DEATH 'wall of sound'. I also have to mention Chris Fielding, the in-house engineer, who has also made a great contribution to the proceedings.

"I can give you some more titles right now (everything, including the ones you had before, are definite): 'Rabid Wolves (For Christ)', 'In Deference', 'Atheist Runt', 'When All Is Said and Done', 'Sink Fast, Let Go', and tons more. The lyrical debate is perhaps for later but, generally speaking, the album is (hopefully) a deep critique of religion and religious governance/restrictions from an atheist perspective. All jolly stuff, then. And the music: still fast and furious, raging riffs and a couple more SWANS-style tracks this time (like 'Morale'), only progressed a bit more with even more atmosphere and a more rounded melodic vocal performance (if I may say so myself).

"Anneke [van Giersbergen] from Dutch band THE GATHERING has offered up a few parts to a track, which I've yet to hear. But before some people recoil in horror about NAPALM going operatic rock or whatever, this was done for good effect and relevance to the track. It will work. It will rock. I'm sure. And we're grateful to Anneke (who is an awesome vocalist in her own right) in advance for giving it a stab.

"Studio events: Russ threw up in Chris Fiedling's car after a night on the sauce; Dave, the studio owner, decided to shovel the sewage out of the septic tank right in the middle of a vocal session (barf!) and, on a more serious note, I ran over a badger on the single-track road around here. Nothing I could do to avoid him, but mortified nevertheless.

"Oh, and Jeff Walker, ex-CARCASS, turned up in his capacity as master-ligger. We didn't let him sing this time though, and just poked fun at him really."

NAPALM DEATH's new album, tentatively tititled "Smear Campaign", is scheduled for release later in the year.

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Napalm Death Recording, Talk About New Material

Commenting on recording material for the follow-up album to last year’s The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code, Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway said, "After working our arses off on new stuff for the last couple of months, we kind of slipped into the studio when noone was looking. This thing is already sounding totally immense - even better than Code..., from where I'm standing. It's fast and furious, as you'd expect, but we're also throwing a few curveballs in, in true ND tradition. Can't wait for everyone to hear it. Take it easy peeps." The band are currently recording at Foel Studios in Wales where they also recorded their last album.

Napalm Death toured North America earlier this year with Kreator, and in fall 2005 supporting Suffocation. Look for the new album to be released this fall with an extensive worldwide tour following.

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Firebird's "Hot Wings" To Receive European Release

FIREBIRD, the British band led by former CARCASS/NAPALM DEATH guitarist Bill Steer, will release their new album, "Hot Wings", in Europe in early July via Rise Above Records. The CD will be issued in Japan on May 31 through Victor Entertainment. The track listing for the effort is as follows

01. Carousel
02. Good Times
03. Misty Morning
04. Play The Fool
05. Horse Drawn Man
06. Overnight
07. Bow Bells
08. Flying Blind
09. I Wish You Well
10. Needle In The Groove
11. Last Days Of August (Japanese bonus track)

An American release date for the album has yet to be announced.

FIREBIRD's current recording lineup includes Bill Steer (vocals, guitar), Al Steer (bass) and Ludwig Witt (drums).

Upcoming FIREBIRD shows:

May 25 - Fred Zeppelins – Cork, IRE
May 26 - Fibber Magees - Dublin, IRE
May 27 - Katy Daly's - Belfast, IRE
May 28 - The Dunglow Bar - Derry, IRE

END OF LEVEL BOSS vocalist/guitarist H Armstrong will be playing bass for FIREBIRD on the Irish tour.

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Cannibal Corpse Drummer Nominated For PETA Award?

A posting on the official Cannibal Corpse reads:

"[Drummer] Paul [Mazurkiewicz] is sexy?
That is right, not only is the man sexy in the world of death metal, his scope of sexiness might ooze out into the real world too...Paul has been nominated for PETA's annual World's Sexiest Vegetarian competition. He is competing against Napalm Death's Barney Greenwat and Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow, but also Hollywood celebs such as Alicia Silverstone, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson. Even if you are not too supportive of PETA or of the vegetarian lifestyle, think about how ironic it would be to have the drummer from Carnivore Corpse Cannibal Corpse as the world's sexiest vegetarian! That, plus the fact that the man is a lean mean sex machine and deserves to win."

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Century Media Artists Nominated At PETA2.com

Century Media recording artists Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy) and Barney Greenway (Napalm Death) have been nominated for PETA’s (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) sexiest vegetarian of 2006. Interviewed in 2005 for the PETA website, vocalist Barney Greenway and Napalm Death will be the first band to lend their image to PETA’s new anti-vivisection campaign, “Save #99,” more info here. Calling vivisection, “the ultimate act of disrespect” Barney was honored that the band was chosen to pioneer this campaign.

There are actually a fair number of hardcore and metal artists listed, and you can view the list and/or vote here.

Napalm Death, who recently wrapped up their North American co-headlining tour with Kreator, will enter Foel Studios (Wales, England) next month to record the follow up to 2005’s The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code.

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