Before it there was nothing...,
This review is from: Scum (Audio CD)
Screaming out of the hardcore punk scene like a train with no breaks, Napalm Death was the band that detonated the warhead we call 'extreme metal' today.
I don't actually like the term "extreme metal", as it incorporates plenty of acts who really don't deserve the honour of being called "a bit different", let alone "EXTREME!!!!!" But whewn you listen to 'Scum' there is no other term to describe it. Maybe "mentally disturbing", but thats about it.
The first riff of "Multi National Corporations" is just so catchy and monsterous, its is no hard task to hear how the fledgling harder metal bands of the time took the baton and ran with it after Scum's release.
Napalm are famous for having more members than an American football team. And the line ups to this debut started the ball rolling.
Napalm's sound is all bass, all crash cymbols and a hell of a alot of blasting.
The title track has a superb hook, whilst the 1 second long "You suffer", typifies the amalgam of scenes like hardcore, crust ethics and anarcho punk that memebers like Mick Harris and Nick Bullen came out of.
Rediculously savage 30 second blasts of noise and rampant shouted vocals are what made Scum so infamous then, as it is rightly infamous now.
Many say that 'Repulsion' are the creators of the grindcore sound. That is simply fiction. Napalm Death created this sound, and 'Scum' brought it to a young and hungry audience.
Personal favorite tracks on here have to be, 'Multinational...', 'The Kill', 'You Suffer' and 'Divine Death.'
If you like early Carcass, have Repulsion's 'Horrified' album or just like really really budget produced mega extreme blast beat metal, you can't afford not to have this in your collection.
A legendary debut from one of Metals truly innovative outfits.
I was interested to read a recent interview with poster boys & "extreme metallers" 'Bring Me The Horizon', in which they firstly said that Scum era Napalm was no good, and to further show their knowledge of the roots of the very music they play, they are quoted as saying that 'Scum' is not "real" grindcore !!! Hmmmmmmmmm... youth really is wasted on the young (and dumb)...