Napalm Death have endured a long-standing career, originally forming in the early 1980s. Considered by many as a pioneers of grindcore, the British metallers took the metal scene by storm. Despite the fact that no original members remain in their current line-up, the band’s music continues to appeal to their fans and this new album appears to be no different.
It is the ludicrously intense sound that comes from the band which is so appealing. The energy is explosive and compelling throughout. Diving into ‘Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism’ is the only way to really listen to this album. Napalm Death aren’t the type to gently lead you into their music, not when they can pick you up and throw you straight into the jaws of it. There is a lot to the sound of each track, as well as the overall sound of the album. The variety of vocal styles and techniques used in the album, notably in ‘Joie De Ne Pas Vivre’, show off the range of their music. From guttural lows sustained for a surprisingly long period to screeching wraith-like highs. The title track demonstrates the fierce nature of the vocals by opening with an a cappella section before launching into the full instrumentation.
The guitars are integral to Napalm Death’s sound and they don’t disappoint. The distortion tones are just delicious; they blend well into the other instrumentation to produce a solid wall of sound. The fast-paced melodies and motifs, such as in ‘Fluxing of the Muscle’, give the music the robust momentum that enhances the overall feel of the sound and the aggressive mood. ‘Amoral’ delivers an interesting variant with the group chant vocals and combining guitar melodies running quickly beneath. It certainly leans more the punk style with the angsty feel. ‘A Bellyful of Salt and Spleen’ introduces a dynamic, almost primal feel with dramatic percussion and a fantastic theatrical layering of vocals.
‘Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism’ is a ridiculously powerful album, dragging the listeners through the guttural gates of hell and back, and y’know what?! It’s a great trip! It’s no surprise that Napalm’s sound has retained popularity for two decades.
Check out the music video for “A Belly Full of Salt and Spleen” below:
- Fuck the Factoid
- Backlash Just Because
- That Curse of Being in Thrall
- Joie De Ne Pas Vivre
- Invigorating Clutch
- Zero Gravitas Chamber
- Fluxing of the Muscle
- Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism
- Acting in Gouged Faith
- A Bellyful of Salt and Spleen
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