Napalm Death

Formed in Birmingham, UK in 1982, by Nik Bullen. Napalm Death were originally one of the bands that defined the UK hardcore thrash/punk sound of the mid-late 1980s, along with bands such as Extreme Noise Terror, Doom and Sore Throat. The band has gone through countless line-ups and many former members have gone on to become significant figures in a variety of musical scenes.

Although their debut album "Scum" featured members Justin Broadrick (who was also a member of Fall Of Because, the band that later became Godflesh, at the time) and Nik Bullen (later part of Scorn), the first stable line up consisted of Lee Dorrian (vocals), Bill Steer (guitar), Mick Harris (drums) and Shane Embury (bass).

By late 1989, Lee Dorrian, whose vocals epitomised the early Napalm Death sound, had left to form another band (doom metal band Cathedral) and focus on his label Rise Above. Bill Steer also left to concentrate on his other band, Carcass. Dorrian was replaced by former death metal band Benediction's vocalist Barney Greenway, and an American guitarist, Jesse Pintado, was recruited from fellow Earache label-mates Terrorizer. A short time later Mitch Harris from Las Vegas' grindcore outfit Righteous Pigs joined as second guitarist.

Mick Harris left the band in 1991 and has since been involved in a plethora of solo and joint projects/collaborations as Scorn, Lull, Quoit etc. He was replaced by Danny Herrera, an old friend of Jesse's from Los Angeles. This line-up lasted until 2004, when Jesse Pintado left the band. Currently the band consists of Barney Greenway, Mitch Harris, Shane Embury and Danny Herrera.


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November 2, 2017
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000024CPKX3 Mosh 109CD 926.109 (1994) Fear, Emptiness, Despair Non-Remaster. /
Diatribes 3CD Compilation MOSH9141 (2010) is a Non-Remaster compared to Noise For Music's Sake (2003) Remaster /
0000245BJX3 MOSH53CD (1992) Utopia Banished, Non-Remaster /
The DVD - MOSH 253DVD (2001) Very natural non-boosted violent middle, non-remaster. /
Punishment in Capitals CDVILED293X DVD Non-remaster, same sound as on the old SMADVD010 (2002) dvd. /
Then from 1997 to 2009, I only found non-remasters again (2017).


March 3, 2017
Very cool idea by Earache: Vinyl on demand. Our chance to get Words From the Exit Wound on vinyl for the first time:
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March 11, 2012
Anyone know anything about the 7" referenced in this article with electro hippies?
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October 3, 2011
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Prime grrindcore, to begin: loud, chaotic and intense. Two years dilution pushed Napalm Death into Morrisound where they pissed off half their fans by turning into a Death Metal band like any other with Benediction cookie monster Barney Greenway on vocals. Bill (Steer) and Lee (Dorrian) had gone on to great success with Carcass and Cathedral (respectively). Mick, noticing the ship was sinking, also went on to even better things with Scorn. The band currently recycles what they've been doing since 1990 for a living.
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