This is the latest EP from veteran UK grindcore band Napalm Death.
This mini-album consists of 29 minutes of material. The tracks are made up of recordings made during the sessions for the band’s last album – Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism – and is made up of six new songs and two covers.
The opening track Narcissus is a snarling, raging beast of a song. Filled with punk rage and typical Napalm Death character. Great opener.
Resentment Always Simmers showcases some of the band’s more industrial/experimental/atmospheric aspects, mixed with mid-paced crushing heaviness that finds the song lurching like a twisted monster. Curiously infectious and moreish.
By Proxy returns us to the fast and furious, and it speeds by in a crusty blur of teeth and venom.
Up next is the first cover – People Pie by Slab! Rhythmic and hypnotic, it allows the band to do quite a few things that they don’t normally get a chance to. I don’t know the original, but this song sounds alike a mix of Pitchshifter, Dead Kennedys, and Faith No More to my ears.
Man Bites Dogged is a withering, rumbling, meaty track that sports a real punk attitude in its spiky heart. The vocals are absolutely savage, and it sounds like it belongs on Fear, Emptiness, Despair, despite also having some modern Napalm Death influences.
Slaver Through a Repeat Performance explodes with energy and brutal charisma. The singer’s voice is on fire, as I should also point out is the case on all of these songs; his range appears to just be improving with time.
The next song is the shortest – a one-minute Bad Brains cover of Don’t Need It. It is riotous and feral.
The last song is the longest; Resentment Is Always Seismic (Dark Sky Burial Dirge) is a six-minute industrial soundscape that’s heavily atmospheric. Indulging their avant-garde side, this is a strong way for Napalm Death to end the release.
A very solid EP from a great band. It offers a good selection of tracks and demonstrates Napalm Death’s versatility and their enduring quality songwriting skills.
Highly recommended for any fan of the band.