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27 years of grindcore ultra-violence, 27 years of being one of the hardest working, hardest touring bands on this miserable planet, NAPALM DEATH’s conviction, energy and belief in spontaneoust, outspoken yet extreme music is far from being watered down. “Time Waits For No Slave”, the band’s 13th studio album (excluding the cover album “Leaders Not Followers ... Read more in Amazon's Napalm Death Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B006U7ZUZ2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Circumspect
2. Errors In The Signals
3. Everyday Pox
4. Protection Racket
5. The Wolf I Feed
6. Quarantined
7. Fall On Their Swords
8. Collision Course
9. Orders of Magnitude
10. Think Tank Trials
11. Blank Look About Face
12. Leper Colony
13. Aim Without An Aim**
14. Everything In Mono**
15. Nom De Guerre
16. Analysis Paralysis
17. Opposites Repellent
18. A Gag Reflex

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD
Napalm Death are a well respected and pioneering force in extreme music and besides that, they are a very prolific band who have released numerous live albums, EPs, one and a half covers albums and now their fourteenth studio album of original music in 2012, entitled Utilitarian. With so much of a back catalogue to contend with, approaching a new album as a new fan could be confusing without all the musical context.

Furthermore, Napalm Death are a band forever surrounded by hyperbole due to the especially nasty, violent and savage sound that they make, so getting a feel of how one album is different to another can be difficult since everyone will just say clichéd things about how your ears will bleed etc.

An honest and hyperbole-free summation would be that if you generally like very extreme music, you should give Napalm Death a fair try and if you generally like Napalm Death then you should give Utilitarian a fair try, there is a strong possibility that you will like it.

Produced by Russ Russel, (The Berzerker, The Rotted, Dimmu Borgir) Utilitarian sounds great, and the energy level from the band themselves is very high. This is yet another expertly crafted album from the band delivering more extreme music and highly political lyrics.

Historically, the band have covered a lot of different ground in their lengthy career, and in the first decade of their career became known for taking radical shifts in musical style, sometimes to crys of `sell out' and sometimes to great praise. In the past decade however, Napalm Death found a winning formula and stuck to it very rigidly, which both garnered praise for consistency and occasional criticism for treading water creatively.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Caps on 21 Mar 2012
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I really got into Napalm Death after buying their Enemies of the Music Business album back in 2000; an album that was rightly declared as a return to form and has, I think, informed every Napalm album that has followed it. Since then the band have maintained a quality that has kept them at the forefront of extreme metal. They seem to have hit a stride now where they are so accomplished, as individuals and as a unit, that they are unlikely to release an album not worth buying.
However, this album does not quite manage to get the five stars I really want to give. There are plenty of brutal, messed-up songs on here, possibly more than on any other recent Napalm release, but this increased savagery has meant that it has lost some of its catchiness (I know, a bit of a strange thing to note absent from an extreme metal album). Therefore, there are definite pros and cons with this album. The plus is the experimentation, perfectly measured. What is within this album is still absolutely contemporary Napalm but it has an increased chaotic edge with some mental riffs and, most obviously, the inclusion of Zorn's horrific (in a good way) saxophone on Everyday Pox. Also, the industrial influence has become more integrated with less of a Swans/Godflesh styled grinding number and more of a full-throttled Fear Factory/Strapping Young Lady/Ministry hint (a hint, mind, this is no industrial album) to certain tracks. This works really well and makes tracks like The Wolf I Feed instantly enjoyable.
The negative was equally as immediate to me as the positives. Sometimes with an album, something quickly becomes notable by its absence. I noticed, for example, on Down's third album that there was a distinct lack of solos. Not a problem in itself but it did reveal something not quite right in the mix.
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By John P. Parkin on 9 Dec 2012
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Great stuff, its not grown on me as much as the previous album yet but its one of their best.
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My Favorite Extreme Metal Band By Far 1 May 2012
By J. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After five straight highly acclaimed studio albums, it would be easy for Napalm Death to play it safe and bash out another slab of intense grind. Instead, we get an incredible release that might possibly be their most experimental album since the late 90's, while still retaining the high-level intensity Napalm is known for. They've been incorporating some new elements since Smear Campaign, using droning clean vocals and epic instrumentation to achieve an almost operatic quality on some songs, and that feature sees progression on Utilitarian. In fact, the "clean" vocals have been emphasized more than ever, as they figure prominently in choruses or sections of several songs. On the track The Wolf I Feed, Barney's clean vocals sound quite a bit like those of Fear Factory's Burton C. Bell. On several other tracks, like Fall on Their Swords, Blank Look About Face, and Leper Colony, his Gregorian chanting style sounds almost suited to a massive cathedral. On each of these tracks, Napalm uses this familiar piece of their sound in new ways to keep the songs fresh. Another change in the vocal department involves guitarist Mitch Harris, who, on two songs, utilizes a hardcore punk style while singing on several verses. The Wolf I Feed and Orders of Magnitude benefit from this vocal trade-off between Barney and Mitch, something they haven't done in quite this style before. You still hear plenty of Mitch's insane, high-pitched screaming, but his more conventional vocals on these songs bring a slightly new dimension to Napalm's sound.

The music doesn't conform to all expectations, either. For one, Everyday Pox has the weirdest noise I've ever heard on a Napalm song, and, as it turns out, the responsible instrument is....a sax? Yes, there's an eardrum-piercing, high-pitched, screaming loon-sounding sax "solo" on a Napalm Death track. It sounds every bit as crazy and alien as you'd expect. Also, Mitch incorporates more melody than on any of their other albums, which makes for a more diverse listening experience. The overall sound, though, is still Napalm. Brutality is the foundation of each song, and every track crushes, even the ones with more melody. The guitar tone might be a little less low-end than usual; several songs have a fairly clean, but raw, punk edge to the guitar interspersed with the usual weighty buzz heard in Napalm riffs, although the same can be said of the last album, Time Waits for No Slave. In the 90's, these guys went very experimental for a few albums, barely using grindcore elements, but they now seem to have found a way to combine both the brutality and the experimentation of their past on Utilitarian. Even though some parts of their sound have been enhanced on this release, you still hear tons of blast beats, insanely fast riffs, hardcore influences, ridiculously intense screaming and roaring from Barney....you know, Napalm Death!

The limited edition includes two bonus tracks, Aim Without An Aim and Everything In Mono. These are both solid songs that could have easily made the album if not for time constraints. Everything In Mono has a heavy thrash influence and an odd section of clean vocals, like several others on Utilitarian. My favorite of the two is Aim Without An Aim, which alternates between driving hardcore and a completely infectious groove (no pun on Mike Muir's funk-metal band intended) that's about as catchy as anything Napalm has done. This album is a powerhouse that all extreme metal fans need to check out. Napalm Death does not mess around.
I Love ND! 17 July 2013
By Christopher W. Parrett - Published on Amazon.com
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I love all ND albums. Although, "Scum" is just "novelty" music. After a few listens, every ND album becomes my favorite. One begins to pick-out parts and pieces that have great songwriting!
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