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But Century Media has done a great disservice to the band and their fans by screwing up the digital version. The album proper is sixteen tracks, ending with "A Gag Reflex." The CD version, meanwhile, adds a seventeenth track at the end entitled "Everything In Mono." The limited edition contains two extra songs ("Aim Without An Aim," plus the aforementioned track); both of these are rather oddly inserted mid-stream so that they become tracks 13 and 14, respectively. This means that "Nom De Guerre" becomes track 15, "Analysis Paralysis" becomes track 16, "Opposites Repellent" becomes track 17, and "A Gag Reflex" becomes track 18. I honestly don't know if this was intentional on the band's part or if it was just weirdness on the part of CM, but it has led to the digital version being labelled incorrectly due to some apparent laziness.
What CM has done (in their infinitely infinite wisdom) is to encode the album based on the limited edition. But since they're only selling you sixteen songs, you can probably see where this is going: the last four tracks are mislabeled, and what you end up with is an incomplete album. Sure, you're getting the limited edition's bonus tracks, but you're also missing the last two tracks from the album in the process... "Opposites Repellent" and "A Gag Reflex" are just outright missing. Not getting extra songs is one thing, but not getting a true part of the album is something else entirely (and not something that any true fan of the band-- or music in general-- should be willing to condone).Read more ›
Furthermore, Napalm Death are a band forever surrounded by hyperbole due to the especially nasty, violent and savage sound that they make, so getting a feel of how one album is different to another can be difficult since everyone will just say clichéd things about how your ears will bleed etc.
An honest and hyperbole-free summation would be that if you generally like very extreme music, you should give Napalm Death a fair try and if you generally like Napalm Death then you should give Utilitarian a fair try, there is a strong possibility that you will like it.
Produced by Russ Russel, (The Berzerker, The Rotted, Dimmu Borgir) Utilitarian sounds great, and the energy level from the band themselves is very high. This is yet another expertly crafted album from the band delivering more extreme music and highly political lyrics.
Historically, the band have covered a lot of different ground in their lengthy career, and in the first decade of their career became known for taking radical shifts in musical style, sometimes to crys of `sell out' and sometimes to great praise. In the past decade however, Napalm Death found a winning formula and stuck to it very rigidly, which both garnered praise for consistency and occasional criticism for treading water creatively.Read more ›
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Time Waits For No Slave could possibly be one of the band's greatest albums, at least in my mind in recent years. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Mark
Napalm Death has set the bar pretty high in the past and a few bands 'got it'. While ND has gone through some experimental phases, the last few albums headed back closer to home,... Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by slayerfan
This was a great addition to the Napalm Death library. Your talking to a guy who owns all their albums plus some eps and a live album plus a compilation. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by jacob r richardson
After those years, I have certain that Napalm Death is pretty alive.
That grindcore we love still working.
This is the best album I ever heard, until now! Read more
i have to say i loved this album. its amazing were in 2012 and napalm death can still hold it together. ive been a fan since the album scum. Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by Christopher R. Balas
Napalm Death truly need no introduction to most Metal Fans. Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 20 years, you should know that Napalm Death are one of the most... Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by C. Nile Dementia
I gotta say I don't really love this record. I'm not saying its bad, its just not as good as enemy , code, or smear campaign, or order of the leech. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by Brad Irvin