Before this, I only had Harmony Corruption, Scum, and Leaders Not Followers to go on for Napalm Death, but there reputation always precede them.
I heard a few of the new songs on various radio programs, and covermounted CD's, and I must say that this is a welcome return to form for them.
The last couple of albums have had a slight problem of not being brutal enough, but this was sorted with this, their first full album for Dreamcatcher. The riffs are back to the glory day's of their youth, with lots of fast brutal notes, but it still shows that they have matured, as they have a decent level of technicality to them that really makes them that much better then anyone else.
Jesse and Mitch are both excellent guitarists, and this is shown by the sheer weight and impact of the twin assault, even though there are no solos (but that's part of what makes them a grind band), and Shanes bass, follows underneath with that all important anchor link between the guitars and the drums, and this lets the 2 guitarists flow into higher notes, while the drums pound along in varying styles, and not just all blast, but with some excellently timed beats that also ollow the main riff of the song. Add to that the wonderful growl of Barney, with just a little screm thrown in, and the beast that is Napalm Death showcaese exactly why it's reputation precedes it so readily, even after 10 years.
The lyrics, in typical napalm style, cover a lot of politiacl themes, as well as a few rants at people in the music bizz (Earache maybe??)
The bonus track at the end has to be heard to be believed, and shows that, as well as making an excellent return to form, they're enjoying it too!
Possibly the best album I'm going to hear all 2000