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Napalm Death Releases “Utilitarian”

Napalm Death: UtilitarianGrindcore band Napalm Death have released Utilitarian, their 14th studio album of original material.

Anchored by bassist Shane Embury, the 16-track collection continues their tradition of extreme music with in-your-face riffs and aggressive vocals.

“After some deliberation, we decided on ‘Utilitarian’ as the album title,” vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway said. “We generally try to avoid generic titles, and this seemed to have a lot of scope to it. I won’t explain the full meaning of utilitarianism here because it’s an ethical theory, and as ethical theories go, the depth and debate around it is quite heavy at times. It has a certain ‘morality’ aspect to it and that isn’t something that drives me, so I also certainly have issues with it. So, rather than just nail that straight to the mast, of course we wanted to put our own spin on it by suggesting that those (i.e. the utilitarian in us, perhaps) who try to challenge everything, or fight against conventions, well, we go through periods of real self-doubt where we wonder if we’re really making a difference. I suppose the conclusion is that, for the sake of all our freedoms, you should never stop, as even the feeling of resistance is at least a signal to those who would like to entirely control and dominate us — meaning everything from our instinctive behavior to our human entitlement to walk the earth unprovoked.”

The band is also celebrating 30 years of Napalm Death, though none of the members are from the original lineup. Embury has the longest tenure with 25 years.

Preview and download Utilitarian:

Utilitarian Trailer:

Utilitarian Track List:

  1. Circumspect
  2. Errors In The Signals
  3. Everyday Pox
  4. Protection Racket
  5. The Wolf I Feed
  6. Quarantined
  7. Fall On Their Swords
  8. Collision Course
  9. Orders Of Magnitude
  10. Think Tank Trials
  11. Blank Look About Face
  12. Leper Colony
  13. Nom De Guerre
  14. Analysis Paralysis
  15. Opposite Repellent
  16. A Gag Reflex