ALBUM REVIEW: Napalm Death – Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism

Napalm Death choosing to drop Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism (Century Media) is the definition of perfect timing. For those not keeping score at home, the current leader of the free world is an ass-clown who smears his face daily with greasy self-tanner and fancies white supremacists and McDonald’s food. Oh, and there’s a bit of a global pandemic that has paused the world and crippled economies.

It isn’t looking too good out there, folks.

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Napalm Death Releasing Apex Predator – Easy Meat in January, Euro/Japan Tour, 70,000 Tons of Metal

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Napalm Death will be releasing their 15th studio album titled Apex Predator – Easy Meat via Century Media on January 26, 2015. Some song titles already revealed are “Copulating Snakes”, “Dear Slum Landlord” (aired at Roadburn 2014), “What Is Past Is Prologue” and “Stunt Your Growth”.

Vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway commented on the record:

“Sometimes you have to ponder long and hard for an album title, but following the Rana Plaza disaster of last year (collapse of a textile sweatshop building in Bangladesh), it spurred me on to try and craft an exposé of slave labour in the modern world (and the surrounding conditions propping it up).

Some in power like to declare that slavery is consigned to the history books. But if you look beneath the surface it is alive and well in many different forms – it just has a different face now, and exists in ways that may seem ethically ambiguous. Using the terminology of evolution particularly interests us, so in this case the ‘Apex Predator’ represents those who bring the slavery to bear (and capitalise from it), and the ‘Easy Meat’ is of therefore those who feel they have no option but to comply.

Fittingly, the music on ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ is punishing. We feel it’s more ambient, more expansive, more unsettlingly discordant than ever, and importantly, still extremely rampant at excessive speed. We hope in every respect – both musically and lyrically – this album will make your eyes burn with the harsh sonics and harsh visions of the dumping ground of globalisation.”

Napalm Death have announced European and Japan tour dates in November, as well as an appearance on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise in January 2015.

Nov 07: Alibi – Wroclaw (Poland)
Nov 08: Arena – Chemnitz (Germany)- + Hatebreed
Nov 09 Capitol – Hannover (Germany)- + Hatebreed
Nov 10: Schlachthof – Wiesbaden (Germany) + Hatebreed
Nov 11: L’ Usine – Genf (Switzerland) + Hatebreed
Nov 12: Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg (Germany) + Hatebreed & War Of Ages
Nov 13: Matrix – Bochum (Germany + Hatebreed & War Of Ages
Nov 14: Amadeus + Mörser – Oldenburg (Germany) * Sold out!
Nov 15: Metal Hammer Paradise – Weissenhäuser Strand (Germany)-
Nov 21: Le Trabendo – Paris (France)
Nov 22: Speedfest – Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
Nov 26: Liquidroom – Tokyo (Japan) + Brutal Truth
Nov 27: Club Quattro – Osaka (Japan) – + Brutal Truth
Nov 28: Electric Lady Land – Nagoya (Japan) – + Brutal Truth
Nov 30: Earthdom – Tokyo (Japan) – + Brutal Truth
Jan 22-26 2015: 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise – Florida/Jamaica

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Soulfly – Savages

Soulfly-SavagesSo this is Soulfly‘s ninth album and it’s different. It’s not like the last few records, where they were over the top fast and full of brutality. Savages (Nuclear Blast) is a lot slower, not in the sludge or doom way; but in more single kick than double bass drum heavy. This album is it’s own animal. In a good way! Continue reading