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Napalm Death Smear Campaign


01. Weltschmerz 02. Sink Fast, Let Go 03. Fatalist 04. Puritanical Punishment Beating 05. When All Is Said And Done 06. Freedom Is The Wage Of Sin 07. In Deference 08. Short-Lived 09. Identity Crisis 10. Shattered Existence 11. Eyes Right Out 12. Wapred Beyond Logic 13. Rabid Wolves (For Christ) 14. Deaf and Dumbstruck (Intelligent Design) 15. Persona Non Grata 16. Smear Campaign
2006 Century Media Records
Our score 9

9/18/2006

I've always liked Napalm Death, and unlike many people, I have no problem with their mid-to-late nineties stint with more mid-tempo, groove-oriented metal. Actually, I've enjoyed all the shifts of sound Napalm Death has executed. This could very well be the reason I enjoy their newest album Smear Campaign. I suppose Napalm Death's last few albums have been more of a return to their roots, with an updated twist, and I have to say that I've loved that as well. 2005's The Code is Red... Long Live the Code is one of the best grindcore albums that I've heard in years. With Smear Campaign, these English gentlemen have melded different aspects of their musical past to create one of their best albums to date. This new record combines their grindcore roots, older death metal elements, and heavy groove. It's as if they've mixed the updated grindcore sound from Order of the Leech, elements from Harmony Corruption, and serious groove from Inside the Torn Apart. While the emphasis is still on their grindcore roots, Smear Campaign might be the most dynamic Napalm Death album ever released. For a band to kick out such furious music as long as these guys have, I am almost in awe that Napalm Death still sounds relevant and continues to smash everything in their way. To my ears, it sounds like the music keeps getting heavier with more time that goes by. For a good example, check out the track "Puritanical Punishment Beating," where the listener will find everything Napalm Death can do smashed into one song. Napalm Death chose to again tap producer Russ Russel. Russel has helped on the band with recent albums, and the sound of Smear Campaign is completely Napalm Death. Whatever chemistry these guys have with Russel, it certainly seems to work, because I have loved the production on the last few Napalm Death records and this is no different. Bottom Line: While Napalm Death has been cranking out serious grindcore and metal for years and years now, they haven't slowed down a bit. Smear Campaign is a testament to the band's drive and power. This album could be one of the best of Napalm Death's career.

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fsovercrooks_ 9/18/2006 12:12:43 PM

firstest


littlemac_ 9/18/2006 12:15:48 PM

pap smear plz


Ash_ 9/18/2006 12:21:46 PM

Was Jesse Pintado actually on this recording or not?


anonymous 9/18/2006 12:23:31 PM

no, he wasn't


Cory_ 9/18/2006 12:27:52 PM

Napalm Death has always managed to sound different and "fresh" on their releases because they've had a f*cking revolving door of members. There isn't a single original lineup member on this record. When you don't have any original members, it's time to rename your band and stop pretending you're still the band that put out Scum.


anonymous 9/18/2006 12:30:50 PM

decent record but not a 9/10


truthsayer_ 9/18/2006 12:45:12 PM

One of my favorite bands of all time - ND consistantly puts out great records. To say they should change their name at this point is an outdated point to say the least - they've had essentially the same line-up for over 15 years. In some ways, it's the ONLY stable line-up the bands has ever had. They had dozens of different members prior to the Haromony Corruption album. Since then, though, they've only changed 1 members and lost 1 member. This line-up is as much as part of the Napalm Death


suffocasean_ 9/18/2006 12:45:38 PM

this album f*cking rules.


panzer_ 9/18/2006 3:14:05 PM

Buy the Vinyl, comes with two extra songs.


carexinxslaughter_ 9/18/2006 3:15:38 PM

awesome cd


truthsayer_ 9/18/2006 4:18:40 PM

Buy the Vinyl, comes with two extra songs. posted by panzer ( ) on 9/18/2006 3:14:05 PM -------- I believe the digipak CD comes with the bonus tracks as well.


toomuchhuge_ 9/18/2006 5:34:05 PM

How NOT to construct a sentence: Ex. 1: "For a band to kick out such furious music as long as these guys have, I am almost in awe that Napalm Death still sounds relevant and continues to smash everything in their way." Ex. 2: To my ears, it sounds like the music keeps getting heavier with more time that goes by."


Andrew von Toilet Fleet_ 9/18/2006 6:19:31 PM

"Napalm Death has always managed to sound different and "fresh" on their releases because they've had a f*cking revolving door of members. There isn't a single original lineup member on this record. When you don't have any original members, it's time to rename your band and stop pretending you're still the band that put out Scum." -- The gay metal quasi-elitist response from somebody that tries to sound more "into it" than they actually are. Napalm Death had exactly one "original" member o


payner_ 9/18/2006 8:41:05 PM

sxe


anonymous 9/19/2006 8:22:57 AM

Great review, even greater cd. 16Tracks! Who does that nigga!


Coldchain_ 9/19/2006 9:40:38 AM

Napalm Death is like Gozer, it's whatever it wants to be.


Dern Jern_ 9/19/2006 11:41:16 AM

great review


hell[o]_ 9/19/2006 7:15:07 PM

this album is nice.. but, hey! try to listen to, Enemy Of The Music Business (2001), Order Of The Leech (2002), The Code Is Red...Long Live The Code (2005), and this last album.. these last 4 albums are just all equals! a band, has to renew AT LEAST every 2 cds.. but napalm death have played the same f*cking music for the last 5 years! i can't say that this is a creative band.. and there's a reason.. they're just.. old! 6.5/10


girls who run_ 9/20/2006 5:21:32 AM

good review mcfeters.


CuntSnot_ 9/20/2006 10:19:10 AM

This band owns all your souls... so shut the f*ck up with "dey shuld change der name!" bull shit...


56th member of ND_ 9/20/2006 11:33:00 PM

"When you don't have any original members, it's time to rename your band and stop pretending you're still the band that put out Scum." Hey, moron: there wasn't an original member on Scum, either. Who cares? The fact that none of the original members are still in the band simply means that they are an institution rather than a band -- that's pretty cool. "Hey, none of the original journalists are still at the New York Times anymore. They should stop writing about news." What a twat.


dot357_ 9/21/2006 3:36:16 AM

Saw them live once. Guitarist wore Turmoil T-shirt. Band owns.


TheReapersSon_ 9/21/2006 6:56:39 PM

f*cking amazing album... I must have listened to this about 15 times since I first heard it. Picked up The Chode is Red... and i'll definitely be buying this. Oh, and Cory: even if they change members, there's still no denying the greatness of this CD.


rochtv_ 9/22/2006 7:03:50 PM

C is for cookie, its good enough for me.


mike_ 9/28/2006 11:48:25 PM

did you mean to say Chode dude?


Jimmy Christ_ 10/1/2006 7:08:29 AM

'Scum' was shit. New one is okay. Bored already.