NAPALM DEATH – Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs26th March 2018 0 By Mark Booth
Grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH are set to release ‘Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs’ on 30th March via Century Media Records. Now before you get excited at the prospect of a new NAPALM DEATH album, this release is a compilation of rarities and covers from the past years. The majority of the tracks making up this release can originally be found on Japanese releases of previous albums as bonus tracks, split EPs or bonus tracks on the vinyl release of previous albums. ‘Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs’ is 31 tracks split over 2 CDs or 2 LPs and has a playing time of 90+ minutes, now that is a lot of NAPALM DEATH to take in!
After 30+ years NAPALM DEATH are still uncompromisingly brutal, aggressive, politically charged and ferocious as they were on ‘Scum’, although with this release being made up of bonus tracks and rarities NAPALM DEATH can play around with their sound. Which is evident on tracks such as ‘Oxygen Of Duplicity’ with its avant-grade offbeat experimental unfamiliarity which is reminiscent of FANTÔMAS. While ‘It Failed To Explode’ slows the usual raging tempo down to a pulverizing mid-tempo attack. Another example is ‘Clouds of Cancer/Victims Of Ignorance’ which bewilders the listener with the piano introduction before it erupts into neck breaking assault on the ears. ‘Omnipresent Knife In Your Back’ has a more melodic undertone which catches your ear during the destruction and assault of previous tracks as does ‘Atheist Runt’.
NAPALM DEATH have to be commended for battling on the front line of extreme metal for so long and always being a flag bearer for grindcore! They are a true British Institute to metal and legends in their own right. However this release really only serves the purpose of satisfying diehard fans/completist fans and any weary metallers who has never stumbled upon NAPALM DEATH before, this would be a good starting point. However for casual fans of NAPALM DEATH and/or extreme metal then this release, although full of good songs, it does outstay it’s welcome and gets a little tedious at its full 90 minutes playing time. The aggressive grindcore loses its appeal and becomes a self depicting caricature of itself over the whole distance of this release.
SCORE – 6.5
(only really for newer fans as an introduction to the band or diehards/completist fans. Casual fans might as well purchase actual studio albums or dig out the albums they already own)
1. Standardization (LP-only bonus track from “Utilitarian”)
2. Oh So Pseudo (Bonus track from “Apex Predator – Easy Meat”)
3. It Failed To Explode (Japan-only bonus track from “Utilitarian”)
4. Losers (Bonus track from “The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code”)
5. Call That An Option? (Bonus track from “Smear Campaign”)
6. Caste As Waste (Japan-only bonus track from “Apex Predator – Easy Meat”)
7. We Hunt In Packs (Japan-only bonus track from “Time Waits For No Slave”)
8. Oxygen Of Duplicity (From Melvins Split EP)
9. Paracide (Gepopel cover / Japan-only bonus track from “Apex Predator – Easy Meat”)
10. Critical Gluttonous Mass (Bonus track from “Apex Predator – Easy Meat”)
11. Aim Without An Aim (Bonus track from “Utilitarian”)
12. An Extract (Strip It Clean) (From Split EP with Heaven Shall Burn)
13. Phonetics For The Stupefied (From Split EP with Voivod)
14. Suppressed Hunger (Bonus track from “Time Waits For No Slave”)
15. To Go Off And Things (Cardiacs cover / From Split EP with Melvins)
16. Clouds of Cancer / Victims Of Ignorance (G-ANX cover / Bonus track from “Apex Predator – Easy Meat”)
17. What Is Past Is Prologue (Bonus track from “Apex Predator – Easy Meat”)
18. Like Piss To A Sting (From Split EP with Melt Banana)
19. Where The Barren Is Fertile (From Split EP with Melt Banana)
20. Crash The Pose (Gauze cover / Japan-only bonus track from “The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code”)
21. Earthwire (Download only as DZI Foundation benefit following the 2015 Nepal earthquake)
22. Will By Mouth (From Split EP with Converge)
23. Everything In Mono (Bonus track from “Utilitarian”)
24. Omnipresent Knife In Your Back (Bonus track from “Time Waits For No Slave”)
25. Lifeline (Sacrilege cover / From “Respect Your Roots”)
26. Youth Offender (B-Side from “Analysis Paralysis” EP)
27. No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal) (From Split EP with Converge)
28. Legacy Was Yesterday (From Decibel Magazine Flexi EP)
29. Outconditioned (Despair cover / From “Covering 20 Years Of Extremes” compilation)
30. Atheist Runt (Bonus track from “Smear Campaign”)
31. Weltschmerz (Extended Apocalyptic Version) (Bonus track from “Smear Campaign”)
30th March 2018
Century Media Records
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