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Napalm Death Shows No Mercy At Murcia's, Garaje Beat Club

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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.

And now for something completely different. The next band to (dis)grace the stage was Cockoroch, who seem to split their base between Madrid and Murcia. The group is led by vocalist Achokarlos, a man who wears a tutu and a pig mask and switches his moves from twerking to stomping like a toddler. Vegetables seem to play a prominent role in their lyrics, (yes, I said that,) as some of the titles which appear on their sole release, "Goregreen" include, "Veggie Food Without Plants," "Vegetables Have Feelings" and "Mushrooms Also Have Feelings." They're quite a funny live act, all masked and without a drummer, their brutal sound is certainly not for everyone, but for those seeking a live band with a style of their own, check out Cockoroch.

The last support group hailed from Dresden, Germany and go by the name, Deathrite. The band was a more serious affair than the Spanish bands and displayed a true old school sound, reminiscent of Florida death metal bands, especially Obituary. They held an excellent stage presence throughout their set and will make fans of no nonsense metal very happy indeed. Unfortunately I was unable to catch any song titles but I would strongly recommend giving them a listen.

Finally, we come to Britain's ambassadors of the extreme, Napalm Death. Taking to the stage with a thunderous reception, the quartet launched into the intro/title track from their latest album, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat," before setting the tone of the night with, "Silence Is Deafening," the opening track from 2005's, "The Code Is Red... Long Live The Code," before bringing out the excellent, "When All Is Said And Done" from the 2006 follow up, "Smear Campaign." Frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway has an advantage over many English speaking frontman in that he's fluent in Spanish and therefore was able to build up a rapport with the Spanish crowd as easily as he does with the English ones.

Several gems and treats were brought out from their extensive back catalogue, including "Christening of the Blind" from "Utopia Banished," "Twist The Knife (Slowly)" from the criminally overlooked, "Fear, Emptiness, Despair" album and a medley of songs from the debut full length, "Scum," which included "Deceiver," "The Kill," the title track and of course, "You Suffer." Of course, there was several songs aired from "Apex Predator - Easy Meat," of which the band are rightly proud, including the singles, "Smash A Single Digit" and "How The Years Condemn," as well as, "Dear Slum Landlord," "Stunt Your Growth," "Stubborn Stains" and the finale, "Adversarial/Copulating Snakes."

As per usual, the Napalm Death unleashed their unique cover of the Dead Kennedys classic, "Nazi Punks Fuck Off," as well as a superb cover of "Victims Of A Bomb Raid" by Anti Cimex. All in all, Napalm Death lived up to their reputation of always giving one hundred percent, practically setting the club alight with a performance burned into the memories of all in attendance. They're still one of the best live bands to come from the United Kingdom after over thirty years and it's going to take some doing to dethrone them.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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