Friday, July 31, 2009

Napalm Death - Time Waits For No Slave

If a person was to ever point at a band deemed as an extreme metal institution,then doubtlessly it has to be Napalm Death. With outstanding albums like Scum,FromEnslavement to Obliteration, Harmony Corruption and Enemy of the Music Business,the band has every right to rest on their laurels and record a giveaway album, at which no one will complain. But Barney and his troopers are not your average indijoes who rest on their past accomplishments, and father toddlers.But insted they are mighty beings who bring us another epic of colossal proportions in form of their 14th studio production'' Time Waits For No Slave''.

27 years of grindcore ultra-violence, 27 years of being one of the hardest working, hardest touring bands on this miserable planet, Napalm Death's conviction, energy and belief in outspoken yet extreme music is far from being watered down. With their new album “Time Waits For No Slave” the legendary grinders return stronger than ever! Napalm Death have been on a roll with their last few albums, and this release is no exception. All the trademark NAPALM qualities are included -Barney’s barking, Mitch’s high pitched squeals,Shane’s ferocious bass attack, Danny’s immaculate drumming, and of course the political lyrics that actually make you think with your brain, instead of being just a mindless metal clone.

''Strong Arm” punishes the listener immediately and the classic Barney/Mitch Harris dual vocal combo infiltrates your audio senses. The chaos of all the instruments mesh together perfectly, as ”Diktat” exemplifies the word “extreme.” Unlike any Mortician release, Napalm’s songwriting ability proves that their songs are not just a wall of noise with no thought put into it. The band sometimes writes extremely simple but catchy riffs, such as with “On the Brink of Extinction,” but the simplicity is enjoyable and sticks in your head. A few parts ofTime Waits for No Slave are reminiscent of the underrated Diatribes album, especially on tracks such as “Procrastination on the Empty Vessel.”

Time Waits for No Slave is relentless, and the title track is an absolute standout track, with memorable breakdowns and grind riffs that grind purists will drool over. “Downbeat Clique” provides an instant classic headbanging riff, and only solidifies the great entity known as Napalm death. The new Napalm sound is perfectly illustrated on “Fallacy Dominion,” as Danny’s grinding compliments the vocals and slower discordant riffs. “De-evolution Ad Nauseum” continues to pummel your skull until this 50 minute grind filled album comes to a deafening halt, and all is silent.

If anything was going to betray Napalm's two-and-a-half decade existence, it would be the return of their much maligned experimental flair, which is well accounted for on tracks like "On the Brink of Extinction" and "Fallacy Dominion". This time round however, they're employed with the sort of confident pugnacity that makes each tracksound even more brutal.This is still one of the top albums of 2009, and is definitely still EXTREME music and not for the faint-hearted.

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