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First off, let me get one thing out of the way, if you already have these records do not go out an buy this set for any reason other than sheer bloody minded completion-ism. Secondly, if you do have these records and choose to buy them again don't complain about record company greed. Forgive me for stating the obvious, unfortunately metal music attracts a snobbish element of individuals whose' complaining make these preambles necessary.
For those who are new to the band, Napalm Death have changed their style considerable through the years, from the ferocious first two albums, to a more 'Morissound' death metal feel for their next two. From Fear Emptiness Despair onwards, until the unrivaled for quality Enemy Of Music Business album, the band tried many new things, maturing with the times and diversifying their style.
Some listeners write this period off as selling out, claiming that the broad range of new styles don't belong in the Napalm Death cannon and if you are the kind of person who calls extreme metal bands sell outs if they start using clean vocals then you might want to give this set a miss.
Now, on to the set. This release contains Inside The Torn Apart, The Breed To Breath EP and Words From The Exit Wound.
Two very strong studio albums worthy of a place in any open minded metal fan's collection, albums which take all the musicianship and ferocity you expect from Napalm Death and mix them with elements of alternative metal and groove metal.
Regarding Inside The Torn Apart; songs such as 'Purist Realist,' and 'If Symptoms Persist,' are up there with the very best in the band's catalouge and that is before you consider the extremely catchy lead single 'Breed To Breathe,' which is simply put, essential listening.
The Breed To Breath EP is less necessary, another copy of Breed To Breathe and a song from another band covering Napalm Death's 'Greed Killing,' as a result of winning a competition aren't going to set your wold on fire, but the remaining four songs are of relatively high quality and worth a listen.
Finally, we come to Words From The Exit Wound. This album has been overlooked for too long by fans who see it as the last of Napalm Death's experimental middle period before they returned with the peerless Enemy Of The Music Business, but what they don't realise about this album is that despite the stylistic direction, the music is amazing.
Overall, as a way to get a handle on Napalm Death's experimental albums, this set is a great buy. This obviously isn't the go-to point for new listeners but is a great way to delve deeper once you have become a fan. So, for Napalm Death fans willing to take the plunge and try something a little different, give serious thought to checking this out.
This album boasts the infectious 'The Infiltrator,' 'Next Of Kin To Chaos,' and 'Clutching At Barbs,' in addition to the amazing Pantera inspired 'Incendiary Incoming,' which is worth checking out all by itself. Anyone who takes a punt on this set will find themselves pleasantly surprised by the quality of that album.