Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Initial Impressions: Napalm Death: Utilitarian
So what do we have here? Unsurprisingly it's a Napalm Death album. Seventeen tracks of grinding brutality. Napalm Death pull no punches and just blast away for seventeen songs. We do not expect anything more or less from them.
Of course it would not be a Napalm Death album without some form of experimentation or other. While the core sound remains unequivocally Napalm Death, they do throw in some unusual moments. We have a bit of a doomy opening, some almost chanted vocals, and an atonal saxophone thrown in at various points. None of those moments overwhelm the rest of the music, they get put in almost as an aside.
Beyond the odd moments, this is a typical release from the band. Barney Greenway still does his full-throated roar, and Shane Embury, Danny Herrera and Mitch Harris still blast away on their instruments. The band has lost none of its ferocity over the years and remains as uncompromisingly brutal as ever.