Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Napalm Death, & Unto Others Announce North American Tour

Arch Enemy and Behemoth have announced a co-headlining North American tour. Napalm Death and Unto Others will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

04/16 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
04/18 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
04/19 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
04/21 St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
04/22 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
04/23 Charlotte. NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
04/25 Toronto, ON – Rebel
04/26 Montreal, QC – Mtelus
04/28 New York, NY – Terminal 5
04/29 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
04/30 Worcester, MA – Palladium
05/02 Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
05/04 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
05/07 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05/09 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
05/10 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
05/11 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
05/13 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
05/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Hollywood Palladium

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott commented:

“I honestly couldn’t be more excited about having Arch Enemy join forces with Behemoth, Napalm Death and Unto Others for a run of dates through North America in 2022! A killer package of quality mayhem right there – can’t fckn wait!”

Behemoth frontman Nergal added:

“To say that we are dying to return on the road would be an understatement! In fact we’ve never been more hungry to reunite with our legions… not only to bring young of the hottest EXTREME METAL touring line-ups in a long time but also to bring you NEW Behemoth’s music! Rejoice!!!”

Shane Embury Says Napalm Death’s Next Album Will Feature “More Extreme Experimentation”

Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury has taken to social media to offer some insight into his plans for the band’s next album. He said the following:

“Besides all of the other music I have been deeply involved with – during these past couple of years I have not lost sight of the next @theofficialnapalmdeath album! These last few albums due to to our extensive have taken time to out together… especially the last album. As it was released I already had thoughts on this next one so have been recording riffs and thinking a lot about what’s next – more extreme experimentation is on the horizon! but of course there is going to be some heavy as fuck riffing coming also 🤘😁 good night folks.”

Napalm Death To Release New Mini-Album “Resentment Is Always Seismic – A Final Throw Of Throes” In February, Premiere New Song “Narcissus”

Napalm Death have announced that they will be releasing a new mini-album, titled “Resentment Is Always Seismic – A Final Throw Of Throes,” on February 11. You can find the cover art and track listing for that effort below:

“Resentment Is Always Seismic – A Final Throw Of Throes” Track Listing:

01. “Narcissus”
02. “Resentment Always Simmers”
03. “By Proxy”
04. “People Pie” (Slab! cover)
05. “Man Bites Dogged”
06. “Slaver Through A Repeat Performance”
07. “Don’t Need It” (Bad Brains cover)
08. “Resentment Is Always Seismic” (Dark Sky Burial dirge)

Mark “Barney” Greenway commented:

“You can certainly consider ‘Resentment Is Always…’ as an extension of — or partner recording to — the ‘Throes…’ album. We had long since wanted to put a mini-album out — in the spirit of the old days — and found we had enough quality tracks even after all the ‘Throes…’ bonus tracks to do that. Hopefully, this mini holds some nice twists in its own right for people, and certainly covering ‘People Pie’ by SLAB! made us really stretch ourselves, which feels great artistically. In the end, resentment is certainly seismic — it can trigger the complete erosion of humanity in many situations. That was the point that I really wanted to hammer home overall.”

The effort’s first single, “Narcissus,” can be found below. Greenway added the following about that:

“‘Narcissus’ just seemed to fit the bill as one of those rampaging tracks that we always seem to gravitate towards as an album opener. The low-slung concrete mixer bassline at the start really ushers it in nicely. It was written at a time when the ‘alt-right’ was parading itself around, so, lyrically, I like to think it exposes the vanity and personality cult of that whole thing.”

Napalm Death Premiere “Contagion” Music Video

Napalm Death have premiered a new video for their song “Contagion.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism.”

Mark “Barney” Greenway commented:

“Although we can only hope to provide a snapshot in four-minutes, what we wanted to try to illustrate with the ‘Contagion’ video is how difficult it has been made to do something as fundamental as moving freely as a human being. There is downright absurdity in that some people have to resort to mortal danger doing things like riding atop trains whilst others can move seamlessly and freely without a second thought. We advocate for an end to borders of all description. Complementing that, the sweaty live footage was shot brilliantly by Ljuba Generalova in Napalm Death’s virtual second home of Berlin and the music, you might say, just motors along like a train.”

Shane Embury added:

“Musically, ‘Contagion‘ is geared towards manic intense live mosh pit action but with an added 4AD noise quirk homage chorus! Also, having so many friends in the Latin community, through a couple of them I learned and read about the perilous journeys that families embark on for the chance at a better life. As a parent, I think of my children’s future all the time – the things we take for granted I wanted to reflect lyrically!”

Super7 Release New Action Figure Based On The Demon From Napalm Death’s “Scum” Album

Super7 have released a new action figure based on the demon from the cover art for Napalm Death’s “Scum.” The company said the following about that:

“Super7 is stoked to collaborate with grindcore pioneers Napalm Death on the debut Scum Demon 3.75” ReAction Figure! Inspired by the cover of the 1987 album this debut colorway matches the album’s first pressing. This is also the first ReAction figure to feature ball joint articulation (with the wings) as well as articulation at the head and legs. Available now at the Website link in our profile (Super7.com)!”

Napalm Death Announce European/UK Tour With Doom, Siberian Meat Grinder, & Show Me The Body

Napalm Death have announced a headlining European/UK tour. Doom, Siberian Meat Grinder, and Show Me The Body will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

02/03 Madgeburg, GER – Factory
02/04 Wroclaw, POL – Concert Center A2
02/05 Budapest, HUN – A38
02/06 Vienna, AUT – Arena
02/07 Munich, GER – Backstage
02/09 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
02/10 Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand
02/11 Buckley, UK – The Tivoli
02/12 Birmingham, UK – Hammerfest
02/13 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
02/15 Paris, FRA – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
02/16 Besancon, FRA – La Rodia
02/17 Marseille, FRA – Le Jas Rod
02/18 Biarritz, FRA – Atabal
02/19 Merignac, FRA – Krakato
02/22 Paderno Dugnano, ITA – Slaughter Club
02/23 Nuremberg, GER – Z-Bau
02/24 Brno, CZE – Sonor
02/25 Leipzig, GER – Werk 2
02/26 Herford, GER – X
02/27 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
03/01 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
03/02 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
03/03 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville
03/04 Mannheim, GER – Alte Feuerwache
03/05 Berlin, GER – Astra
03/06 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo

Napalm Death To Reissue “Time Waits For No Slave” & “Utilitarian” On Vinyl

Napalm Death have announced that they will be reissuing “Time Waits For No Slave” and “Utilitarian” on June 4. Pre-orders for “Time Waits For No Slave” are available HERE and pre-orders for “Utilitarian” are available HERE. The records will be available on CD and the following vinyl colors:

“Time Waits For No Slave“:

Black LP – unlimited
Brown LP – 200x copies via CM Webshop Europe & Coretex
Neon green LP – 200x copies via EMP
Bright gold LP – 200x copies via Nuclear Blast
Neon orange LP – 300x copies via CM Distro and Webshop Europe

“Utilitarian“:

Black LP – unlimited
Bottle Green LP – 200x copies via CM Webshop Europe & Coretex
Bright gold LP – 200x copies via EMP
Transparent magenta LP – 200x copies via Nuclear Blast
Grey LP – 300x copies via CM Distro and Webshop Europe

Napalm Death Sign New Deal With Century Media Records

Napalm Death have signed a new deal with Century Media Records. The deal will extend the lengthy partnership between the two parties.

Mark “Barney” Greenway commented:

“Very happy to let people know that we have put pen to paper and taken the plunge with Century Media again. Crucial to Napalm Death was that we continued to retain artistic and creative control and also continue to have a determining voice in how our music is used – and, equally as importantly, isn’t used. The people we have consistently worked with down the years at Century Media have always been extremely attuned to this, and we have never experienced anything like the heavy hand of suffocating commercial pressure that can be inherent in this kind of relationship and lead to crappy creative outcomes. Looking forward to sonically bending more minds with their help.”

Philipp Schulte, director of Century Media Records Europe, added:

“Napalm Death and Century Media Records have gone a long way together already, so it makes us very happy continuing as the band’s partner for the years ahead. The value of artistic freedom and creativity has always been of profound significance for Napalm Death. It was the key to becoming and staying one of the most important bands – then and now. We take this very seriously. Thanks to the band for their trust. We are looking forward to this extended strong partnership.”

Mitch Harris Discusses His Absence From Napalm Death

During a recent interview with Heavy Culture, Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris explained his lengthy absence from touring. The guitarist has been spending time away from the road to take care of his sick parents, who have now sadly passed away.

Harris said the following:

“I finished the ‘Apex Predator‘ recording, and my father was very sick in Las Vegas. I lived in England 26 years. Time goes very fast when your parents are aging. So I came home to see how he was. He needed surgery on both knees. But then [after] many tests, [the doctors] said, ‘Oh, you have cancer.’

So I went home, I got my family and I came back. And I said, I will finish all the shows for the rest of the ‘Utilitarian‘ [cycle]. They do 200 shows a year, and I was the full-time carer for my father, and also my mother was here alone with him, and she couldn’t help him so much.”

“When I moved [back to Las Vegas], he died the day I arrived, actually, when I came back. He had his surgery. And it was shocking. Then my mother was alone, and we couldn’t leave her. We were happy. We settled in. [It was a] crazy culture change for the family and my kids. Yeah, it was very shocking. But I was very happy to be home. So then, three years later, my mother died. Again, she was sick for a while.”

He also added:

“I can’t travel, and I don’t want to travel. I don’t feel like it’s that important — ‘Oh, I need to be there for the fans, the band, traveling on a plane every day when my family needs me.’

Sometimes there comes a point in your life where you have to just do the right thing, and I would never feel happy if I was not there when they needed me. I’m sorry for people that they miss me, or whatever, but if you really miss me, there’s a Napalm record, which I played on, which is very intense, and Brave The Cold. Please support it and give it a chance, because this is part of my future.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Napalm Death Premiere “A Bellyful Of Salt And Spleen” Video

Napalm Death have premiered a new video for their new song “A Bellyful Of Salt And Spleen.” This track is from the band’s new album “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism,” which will be released on September 18.

Mark “Barney” Greenway commented:

“‘A Bellyful Of Salt And Spleen’, you could say, is about building and breaking down in the same discordant breath. The building came in the sense of many layers of coruscating industrial ambience, all marching to the beat of a home-made drum kit consisting of rubbish bins, oil drums and industrial screw parts and other bits that Shane [Embury] could find littered around the studio grounds. The scope and gravity and density just demanded a vocal that was as baritone and anguished as I could push out of myself. The breaking down side of it was the intention to just focus minds to understand that people who traverse continents, suffocate in confined spaces or drown grasping for assistance are as keen to live in dignity and peace — and without violence and hunger — as the rest of us. As ever, quite simply, we are all human beings and if that means anything anymore, a helping hand is the least we can offer.

Sam Edwards and Khaled Lowe, directing the video, really focussed our minds in the way they wanted to drill down into the indifference generated around these things — via some incredible animation and suchlike married to the stuttering engines of unseaworthy vessels and the precision shunt of our industrial pounding. The whole visual concept of beach life going on around bodies washed up on the shore is a grotesque scenario that illustrates how meaningless those we can’t connect to our own small universe can become.”

Edwards and Lowe added:

“This film was commissioned by U.K. grindcore pioneers Napalm Death. Both the song and video address the disturbing prevalence of the ‘anti-outsider’ in contemporary society — from popular right-wing publications filled with hate-fuelled rhetoric through to the chilling nonchalance of holiday makers found relaxing in front of washed up corpses.

Based on real events, the film uses a combination of live action and animation to depict a doomed voyage; escaping their ruined city, a family of refugees meet a tragic end when their boat sinks during a storm. As the dinghy sinks near the shoreline, indifferent tourists party and picnic. Bodies wash up on the beach while people take selfies, heedless to the carnage behind them. The story concludes with images of a vast ‘sea cemetery’ of floating gravestones and an obscure ghostly figure drifting on the horizon — these represent the countless lives lost in the pursuit of freedom from oppression and the ease with which they are forgotten.”

In other news, Napalm Death have also revealed that the U.S. vinyl release of “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism” has been delayed. You can read more about that in the below Instagram post: