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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.Read more ›
Once they were signed to the newly formed Earache record label in 1987, Napalm Death were finally ready to release their new apocalyptic noise onto the world, and that sound was captured onto the legendary "Scum" album.
Many who do not follow Extreme Metal that closely will discard this as a CD of noises and talentless little kids who grunt and bash drums alot...but to Extreme Metal fans, this is the icon of Grindcore. 33 minutes of blistering tracks (one of which "You Suffer" is less than a second long. Don't buy this if you expect song structures like The Beatles as you will be severely disappointed. Buy this album if you absolutely love blastbeats (like myself) and have an open mind...and if you like Grindcore of course.
Nowadays however, Napalm Death generally play a more Death Metal Orientated sound, although the Grindcore elements are still there (i.e Blastbeats, politically charged lyrics etc)
If you like "Scum", I'd suggest ND's next album "From Enslavement To Obliteration" which continues on where "Scum" left off.
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 thought I'd write a review of the bonus documentary that comes on the flipside of the disc. Running at 44 minutes(longer than the record itself!) it features interviews with Mick Harris, Earache founder/ money-grabber Dig Pearson, metal journo and all-round nice guy Dom Lawson, Malcolm Dome and some art exhibitionist. Much of the band's early days are discussed (found a lot of inspiration in Joy Division, apparently!), and Mick Harris has a lot to say, most of which is quite interesting. The disc is an easy watch, surprising considering he's the only band member present. Still, it's nice to see where it all came about. Worth a purchase if it's your first copy and it's cheap, but if you own the album not really worth an upgrade.
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Ageless classic must have essential to your playlists. Still sounds a bit tinny but not a lot we can do about an LP close to 40 years old!
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When I first heard this album, I was absolutely blown away by the shear onslaught of blast drummimg and insane speed. To this day I still haven't heard a heavier album. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2011 by O. J. Mcdonnell
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. Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2007 by Tom
Though Napalm Death were not the first grindcore band - the patented blend of blurring riffs and blasting drums had already been pioneered by ultra-underground legends such as the... Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2006 by S. R. Williams
this is a seminal release,its influence cant be underestimated,it has possibly aged somewhat but is still a true classic,i didnt hear this album upon first release but i imagine... Read morePublished on 18 April 2006 by sean paul mccann