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  • Audio CD (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Earache Records
  • ASIN: B0010JLT5K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. Christening of the Blind
5. The World Keeps Turning
6. Idiosyncratic
7. Ayranisms
8. Cause and Effect (Part 2)
9. Judicial Slime
10. Distorting the Medium
11. Got Time to Kill
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13. Exile
14. Awake (To A Life of Misery)
15. Contemptous
16. One and the Same
17. Sick and Tired
18. Malignant Trait
19. Killing With Kindness

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
pure genius 15 Oct. 2002
By Jenny Cadaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Omigoddess, I'm glad to see this album again! No, it's not ND's fastest/ bloodiest/ grindcoriest album, and yes, it's attempting a benchmark. But I think it actually succeeds-- it's definitely more layered, say, (the magnificent) Harmony Corruption. And some tracks get downright creepy, "Contemptuous", for example, a wonderful echoing stomp. And you even get the patented throat-bleeding Barney Scream on a few songs to feed your bloodlust. Top picks: "Contemptuous", "I Abstain", "Got Time to Kill", "Dementia Access".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Limited Edition Napalm Death 25 July 2008
By Patrick Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I got into Napalm Death when I got the "Harmony Corruption" cd.This Limited Edition of "Utopia Banished"is indeed a Earache Classic.Sounds digitaly remasterd but no bonus tracks.The DVD is killer with all their videos and Live Performances inculding rare TV clips with guitarist Bill Steer(Before joining Carcass) and then Vocalist Lee Dorian(Later formed his band Cathedral).I had not gotten a chance to get the DVD.This is a cool Napalm Death Limited Edition.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
(4.5 stars) Like a deathgrind "Utopia" 15 Mar. 2013
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Napalm Death's last full-length album of new material, 1990's "Harmony Corruption," found the band opting for a concerted death metal approach, even though their primitive grindcore elements were still firmly in place. And the end result was, of course, excellent. Napalm's next full-length release, 1992's "Utopia Banished," is also, unsurprisingly, a great record. But what is surprising about it is that it sees those grindcore elements again shifting back to the forefront of the mix.

The fact that "Utopia" blasts its way through fifteen proper tracks (or twenty-one, if you get the 2006 reissue of the album) in just thirty-nine minutes, screams "classic grind." Only a few of the songs crack the three minute mark, and a handful of them sound reminiscent of N.D.'s debut, 1987's "Scum." And also in true grindcore fashion, the vast majority of the tracks present, here, overflow with simplistic, repetitive riffs (the guitars usually lock into a straightforward, chugging groove, and remain there for much of the time), roaring vocals, a distorted bass bottom, and a frequently quite amazing, Dave Lombardo-worthy drum performance (from newbie skinsman Danny Herrera, who replaced Mick Harris in '91).

But even if Napalm Death do indeed go back to their roots, here, they do so while retaining the exceptional production job and full-fledged, fleshed-out songwriting that characterized their more recent work. (These are actual songs with memorable parts, not just tiny, lightning-fast blitzkriegs/blasts of noise.) And also in the spirit of the latter day material, the band's musicianship is impeccable, here, and their rage is downright palpable. (And, thanks to frontman Barney Greenway, who joined the crew for the above-noted 1990 release, there is a heavy political bent to these lyrics.)

Many -- one might even say most -- of the songs are pedestals to showcase said new drummer's extraordinary talents. Indeed, Herrera anchors the dissonant, unorthodox riffing in "Dementia Access" and the almost-dare-I-say catchy guitar figures in "Idiosyncratic" with a breakneck, thrashing blast-mania. And the man pretty much runs the show in cuts like "Aryanismus," "Cause And Effect, Pt. 2," "Malignant Trait," and the thunderous "Insanity Excursion," all of which overflow with smashing, head-rattling, carnage-inducing, "rat-tat-tat," Gatling gun-fast blast beat barrages. Herrera also stands out in "A Means To An End," which features some noteworthy, tricky time signatures, and smart, stop-start grindcore blasts.

Elsewhere, some later songs ("I Abstain") augment their thrashy, chugging riffs, equally as discordant, esophagus-shredding bellows, and crashing drum beat with a mini, shredding guitar solo that brings to mind Napalm's earliest days. And some tracks ("The World Keeps Turning") are slamming blast and blistering thrash beat excursions. And still other tunes (such as "Christening Of The Blind" and the already-mentioned "Malignant Trait") find the four-stringer, Shane Embury (perhaps you've heard of him), flexing his bass muscle by laying down plenty of strong, grumbling bass lines and a couple of mini bass interludes. But only the best songs (i.e. "Judicial Slime") can claim to have all of the above attributes.

Some of the other best moments include the trippy little instrumental intro (entitled "Discordance"), the especially blistering guitar-drum interplay permeating in "Distorting The Medium"; the really cool and memorable, high/low vocal patterns in "Upward And Uninterested"; and "Awake (To A Life Of Misery," which features an introductory sample (from the movie "Full Metal Jacket"), and even more excellent, jackhammer-fast drumming (including some airtight cymbal rides). "Contemptuous" is possibly the biggest standout track, though, on account of it being far-and-away the set's biggest anomaly. It sounds heavily digitally processed, and is backed by a portentously downtuned bass into, mid-tempo, chugging guitars, and marching, lumbering rhythms that evoke some Godflesh stuff. And furthermore, it is a comparatively epic number, clocking in at an uncomfortable four-and-a-half minutes in length.

"Utopia Banished" might not be a magnum opus, but it is a darn fine and highly enjoyable album, nonetheless, from one of extreme metal's most consistently amazing bands of all time. Thus, it should satisfy just about all fans of either death or grind. And if music that hits like a shotgun blast to the chest makes you feel all tingly, this beast ought to be a just about essential listen.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a classic 16 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Probably the greatest grindcore album ever recorded from the originators of the sound. If youre interested in what the whole sounds about, check this album out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Remastered 13 Aug. 2012
By esthomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To be honest, I was surprised at how much better this version sounds. The original version had a really good sound to it so when I heard they remastered it I was a little shocked. After hearing it I must say that the sound really comes out. The songs sound some what cleaner and the songs sound a whole lot meaner.

I will admit that the sound is much louder which I'm sure some of you will not like. Personnally, I don't mind louder; however, I do wish Earache would have done this in the Full Dynamic Range which they did on the first two. Oh well.

As for the album itself I will say this. If you are a grindcore fan and/or a Napalm Death fan and you have not heard this album then you should be ashamed of yourself. This is by far one of the best heavy metal albums of all time as far as I'm concerned.

Buy It!!!!!!!!!!!!
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