01. Silence is Deafening MP3 02. Right You Are 03. Diplomatic Immunity 04. The Code is Red...Long Live the Code 05. Climate Controllers 06. Instruments of Persuasion 07. The Great and the Good 08. Sold Short 09. All Hail the Grey Dawn 10. Vegetative State 11. Pay for the Privilege of Breathing 12. Pledge Yourself to You 13. Striding Purposefully Backwards 14. Morale 15. Our Pain is Their Power2005 Century Media Records
by Ash Levitt
So if you are reading this and don't know about Napalm Death, I could take one of two approaches. The helpful: here is a list of good Napalm Death releases. I take pity on your ignorance; now go immediately to the record store. Or, the cynical: I can't believe you haven't heard these guys! Your favorite mosh or tech band is not the be all end all of heavy music, not to mention they never would have existed without bands like Napalm Death. The fact (and I emphasize the word fact) that a significant number of Lambgoat viewers were not even born when Napalm Death released classic albums like Scum is a testament to just how influential this band is, and that they continue to be a creative force in extreme music. Napalm Death has been around long enough to see all kinds of passing trends (including their own ridiculous stint with slower, groove oriented metal). They have released countless full-lengths, splits (with bands like Coalesce), and collections of covers. Their last few full-lengths for Century Media have seen a return to the crushing grind with which they established their roots. Again, you should know what this band sounds like, but in case that's not true I will give a brief description: good, solid, fast, loud. Their riffs never seem to get old or tired. Nothing seems rehashed on a Napalm Death release. While the guitar sound seems slightly diminished after the departure of Jesse Pintado, the band has seemed to make up for it in sheer brutality, and never lost a step. The Code is Red...Long Live the Code even slightly reverts back to a more hardcore form of grind as opposed to a death metal style of grind. The band is tight as always, and Barney Greenway's vocals somehow appear to be harsher than usual. Bottom Line: This is yet another solid release from a seminal band who continues to progress without becoming boring or complacent. These are living legends. Guest vocals on this newest offering from the likes of Jello Biafra, Jamey Jasta, and Jeff Carcass demonstrate the influential power of Napalm Death that is still heavily present today. You should already know if you will like this album. If not, just go buy it, and then figure out who copied Napalm Death.