Label: Earache - MOSH053LP1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition Red • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Grindcore, Death Metal
Every couple of years, another great record emerges with very rare stylistic surprises and even rarer dips in quality. By the end of the 80s, Napalm Death had already seen 12 bands members join and depart, and not a single original member remained with the band by the b-side of watershed debut Scum.
Even more shifting occurred on the less innovative, but actually superior From Enslavement to Obliterationand by the end of the 80s, Napalm Death had helped to launch the careers of Bill Steer, Lee Dorrian, Justin Broadrick, and Mick Harris, among others.
None of this tumultuous activity is a secret, of Dont Push - The Members - At The Chelsea Nightclub, all long being part of the Napalm Death legend.
For album number three, a mostly modern Napalm Death lineup with Mick Harris still on drums traveled to Florida to record with Scott Burns, resulting in Harmony Corruption.
More importantly, Utopia Banished just kills. In short: Utopia Banished is both one of the best and most important records in the long career of Napalm Death. It started at the top. After sounding like a more conventional death metal vocalist on both Harmony Corruption and the Benediction debut Subconscious TerrorBarney was unleashed on Utopia. In the history of metal and grind, only Barney can turn the sound of a dog barking with a mouthful of peanut butter into something so intensely rageful and constantly magnetic.
He could simultaneously sound like a person having Got Time To Kill - Napalm Death - Utopia Banished tantrum and the leader of a massive protest, all while having the vocal power of a bulldozer. Even in he possessed more charisma than most of his peers.
Eternally pissed off. Eternally extremely pissed off. And naturally, the lyrics penned by both Barney and Rael Pts. 1-9 - Pete Townshend - The Genuine Scoop are as scathing as those on any Napalm Death record. Beyond all the grinding and death metal, Utopia Banished was one of the first Napalm Death records with a nice curveball—specifically, the closer curveball.
It was also a not-so-minor hint that Napalm Death was not about to stick with the sound they perfected on Utopia Banished. But without gelling as a unit on Utopia Banishedthis group of dudes may never have had the courage to stretch out. But it is very arguably the most important in terms of building iconic status for the humans that have made up the band Napalm Death for many, many years at this point.
Really enjoyed this one. It takes me back Got Time To Kill - Napalm Death - Utopia Banished my early teens, I love it.
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