- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Earache
- ASIN: B006G13X60
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
Scum - Green Cover Import
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NAPALM DEATH Scum (1987 UK debut LP by the undisputed worlds fastest band featuring 28 songs of intense manic and savagely brutal hardcore-thrash green toned picture sleeve & original insert. The sleeve shows only minor signs of shelfwear and the vinylis flawless! MOSH3)
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Despite the legendary status this album has atained many of the bands more recent releases are far superior-heavier, better musicianship and more versatile vocal style.
This may sound like i dont like the record but i do, its just that they are so much better now and have actually defined Grindcore rather that it being another name for Hardcore, the one thing that i will say is better than later releases is the cover- it makes a great shirt print and has a very underground look to it.
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)...
It's quite different to anything else I've ever heard. The first proper riff heard on the album on the 2nd track is fantastic, while simple. It explodes into a storm of crushing vocals and hard, fast blastbeat drumming and doesn't let up until the very end of the song. Napalm death's music is a mix of punk and death/heavy metal, more often than not played at 200 miles an hour.
I most enjoy this album when listening to it beginning to end, as it's quite short, and the songs are so fast and brutal that they rarely clock in at over 60 seconds (the longest song being 4 mins and the shortest 1 second). I personally do find the short songs a bit odd and pointless, but when listened to all together, one after the other, they really began to grow on me. It's certainly not the kind of album where you only like one or two songs.
The original album came as a double sided LP, the A side having one line up of napalm death which was recorded for 50 quid and lasts 20 minutes, the B side with a completely different line up (bar the drummer), which is quite different in song structure to the first. The first 12 songs have only one vocal style doing loud, growly vocals, while the others have 2 vocal styles, one loud and growly like the first (but slightly more aggressive) and a high pitched shrieky vocal (sort of like Arch Enemy's vocalist, but more angry and faster). I'm not sure if there's 2 vocalists or not but they often both sing at the same time giving a "dual vocal attack" style of singing. If you've never heard grindcore or anything like it before, it's seems quite odd at first. The guitars and bass are more or less equal in quality, as is the drumming.
The production quality is quite poor but it doesn't really bother me, it makes it sound slightly heavier.
My favourite tracks are "Instinct of survival" (A side, 2:27) and "Life?" (B side, 0:44). These are my favourite because they are the first tracks you hear and it's quite amazing the first time.
All in all, it's fast, brutal and hilarious at times (due to incredible OTTness).
I'm not sure if it should, but it really makes me smile when i listen to it.
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