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Pretty Good Value
on 13 April 2011
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.
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 Diatribes, The Greed Killing EP and the live album from that period, Bootlegged In Japan.
At the time, Diatribes alienated and confused Napalm Death fans by going in a completely different direction by adding tones, chords and effects that the band had never used before and people were quick to abandon ship at the change in style.
The passage of time has been kind to Diatribes however, the album has not dated badly at all. Barney's voice sounds terrific and the production is a lot clearer and easy to listen to than you'd expect.
Ok, they changed their style considerably but songs like 'Ripe For The Breaking,' and 'Dogma,' are interesting and well written. The album also the extremely catchy lead single 'Greed Killing,' which is still in the set list all these years later.
The Greed Killing EP is less necessary on its own merits, but just think of it as a few bonus tracks to go along with Diatribes.
Finally, we come to Bootlegged In Japan. The track listing is great and contains a wide mix of Napalm material, similarly good is the performance from the musicians. Unfortunately where the album loses quality is in the live vocals and production departments. The sound is pretty poor to be perfectly honest and I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend you Bootlegged In Japan as an individual product as a result of this.
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. Basically, if you are ready to check out Diatribes, this collecion serves as a sort of comprehensive special edition of that album, with b sides from the time (Greed Killing EP) and live material from the time (Bootlegged In Japan)
So, for Napalm Death fans willing to take the plunge and try something a little different, don't rule this out.