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Thrashback Thursday: Napalm Death - Suffer The Children

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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.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. X writes:

Napalm Death is f***in' awesome!

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2. alb. writes:

go away midget?

my favorite , beside brutal truth.

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3. X writes:

I'm not kidding around, Albert, stop calling me a midget. It's not funny and it's not cute.

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4. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

Don't listen to him, X. That guy obviously doesn't know how to quit.

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