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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Follow Up To The Best Album Of 2000
Napalm's 'Enemies Of The Music Business' album was indeed the best album of the year 2000 (and arguably the best of their career). After 1992's 'Utopia Banished' had set the grindcore standards for the nineties, its follow ups (especially 1996's 'Diatribes') saw a more experimental and slower side of the band. Many of the fans of the harsh, blast-beat laden cacophony they...
Published on 18 Nov. 2002 by Dazzy Fresh

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3.0 out of 5 stars Death star(s) strikes again
Though all the critics are saying this is by far the next level up from Enemy Of The Music Business (Napalm's last album), i personally think that its not.
Whilst Order Of The Leech obliterates the opposition and reaffirms Napalm Deaths place as British legends... when you listen to 'Enemy....' then this, '..... Leech' just seems VERY monotonous. Sure it has its...
Published on 22 Nov. 2002 by xenaphobicnecrophilia


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Follow Up To The Best Album Of 2000, 18 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Order of the Leech (Audio CD)
Napalm's 'Enemies Of The Music Business' album was indeed the best album of the year 2000 (and arguably the best of their career). After 1992's 'Utopia Banished' had set the grindcore standards for the nineties, its follow ups (especially 1996's 'Diatribes') saw a more experimental and slower side of the band. Many of the fans of the harsh, blast-beat laden cacophony they had put out previously began to ask 'is this a new direction for the band?' And in 2000 they got their answer...NOOOOOOO! 'Enemies...' was, quite simply, stunning. It was everything that grindcore should be about plus much, much more. It was exciting, intense, inventive and brutal and gave its follow up a lot to live up to.
So what of 'Order Of The Leech'? Its not as good, but don't let that put you off. This album is stuffed to breaking point with quality songwriting, the strong point of a band in which any member can write an amazing song. There's blast-beats for the purists and amazing and memorable riffs for fans of the slower Death sound, topped off with the unmistakable vocals of Barney Greenway. 'Continuing War On Stupidity' and 'Per Capita' are amongst the finest songs that the band have ever penned, and so are the obvious highlights here.
So, in short, I thoroughly recommend this album. For Napalm fans its another brilliant album from the best metal band in Britain. For those just discovering Napalm Death, its a great place to start as it showcases their sound. For me, its one of the highlights of the bands long and established career. Quality!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Napalm Death - Order Of The Leech, 8 Jan. 2006
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Kingcrimsonprog "Kingcrimsonprog" (England) - See all my reviews
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Napalm Death's tenth full length studio album Order Of The Leech, from 2002, is certainly a strong album and a great example of Napalm Death's post millennial sound.

Napalm Death have always been a funny lot stylistically, they are difficult to pigeon hole and have evolved constantly throughout their career. For example; their first three albums were a very noisy hardcore influenced affair which helped spawned the grindcore genre. The albums were very poorly recorded (some fans say this was done on purpose however) and featured pretty much non-stop blast beats. They then recorded three excellent albums of almost conventional, straight-forward death metal with less grind in the overall sound. Four more melodic, experimental and listenable albums followed which some listeners and reviewers would inevitably call 'sellout.'

Around the turn of the century, the band released the trio of their three best ever albums; Enemy Of The Music Business, The Code Is Red' and of course this album, Order Of The Leech. The sound was a brand new, revolutionary strain of metal that mixed together elements of traditional Death Metal, their so called 'sellout' style, and their original blast centric, raw ferocity.

This combination of their different styles resulted in a fantastic set of songs; full of intense drumming, distorted bass and Barney's harsh as death metal but intelligible vocal style as well as his usual brilliant lyrics. In terms of guitar style there are mixture of balls out thrash metal riffs, hardcore sounding riffs, grooves and of course insane hyper speed grinding.

Highlights include 'Continuing The War On Stupidity' 'Blows To The Body' and 'Per Capita.'

The realm only complaint that I have with this particular record is that while blast beats are used to great effect often, they are overused and sometimes can become tedious and spoil the otherwise strong music. However in summary; Although the weakest of thee three aforementioned Napalm Death albums, I still recommend that people give Order Of The Leech a try, especially in combination with their career highlight Enemy Of The Music Business or The Code Is Red... Long Live The Code.
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4.0 out of 5 stars more of their manic grindcore insanity and its good!, 24 April 2006
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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the napalm death style and formula has more or less stayed the same over the years,the band havent changed their sound to impress or make new fans,each album has a more or less identical blueprint from any other napalm death album,however what we have here on order of the leech is the trademark riffs and carnage that can leave a herd of elephants on their backsides,this was the first napalm death album i heard and i was blown away by the fury and intensity that doesnt relent,they offer no remorse in their mission of leaving other metal acts eating their dust,songs like the icing on the hate,out of sight ,out of mind are particular highlights,napalm death have never thrown in nice clean vocals on a chorus to gain new praise but they dont need too,napalm death wont suit all metal lovers but those in the know realise that napalm death offer brutality that will always have a place in our dark hearts
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4.0 out of 5 stars More GRRRrrrinDddd!, 30 Jan. 2014
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Although maybe not A classic; still A very good N D album. More of the same; lots of grind, energy, riffs. It's all here. N D keep churning out quality and this might be part 2 to their last album "Enermy Of The Music Business". If your looking for A new N D direction you may be disappointed. If not; you'll love it! Maybe A bit wall to wall in places but overall still very good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Napalm at their best, 31 Jan. 2013
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They have done it again. Another hardcore album from the THRASH KINGS.
This album is back to the roots. Barney at his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning followup to Enemy of the Music Buisness, 19 Nov. 2002
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This review is from: Order of the Leech (Audio CD)
This album is a stroke of genius, if you like your music fast, heavy and full of feeling buy this now, whether or not you've heard any Napalm Death before. Then when you've decided it's amazing go and buy Enemy of the Music Buisness, I can't decide which is better. Be warned though, you will get serious neck pain if you try to headbang to this. Amazing, go buy it now.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Death star(s) strikes again, 22 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Order of the Leech (Audio CD)
Though all the critics are saying this is by far the next level up from Enemy Of The Music Business (Napalm's last album), i personally think that its not.
Whilst Order Of The Leech obliterates the opposition and reaffirms Napalm Deaths place as British legends... when you listen to 'Enemy....' then this, '..... Leech' just seems VERY monotonous. Sure it has its catchy parts you'll remember, as well as the jarring riffing you'll grow fond of, it all seems a bit "nothing special".
If you're thinking of buying this album, but dont have Enemy Of The Music Business, then dont bother, go buy it before you waste your money on this.
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