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:

Napalm Death Premiere “Amoral” Video

Napalm Death have premiered a new video for their new song “Amoral.” This track is from the band’s new album “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism,” which will be released on September 18. Frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway commented:

“A good shout to work once again with Michael Panduro (michaelpanduro.com), as he really adapts his style video to video rather than just using a singular approach. We delight in a generous helping of the absurd, so for one thing, the footage of children seemingly at play but displaying signs of systemic obedience really propels Shane’s lyrical thrust of our default powerlessness within the pecking order. As sonics go, I think it’s post-punk as fuck and grooves massively and accordingly.”

Napalm Death Premiere New Song “Backlash Just Because”

Napalm Death have premiered a new song titled “Backlash Just Because.” This track is from the band’s new album “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism,” which will be released on September 18. Frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway commented:

“This song in particular really spurred me on when I was writing lyrics for the album overall. It’s raucous and traditional, but also quirky and discordant and ultimately catchy-as-anything in the context of rampaging noise. Lyrically it was directed at the spiteful art of creating easy targets and fomenting paranoia and revulsion, which is something that I feel has become de rigueur in very recent times. I really let loose on the more sporadic vocals at the end of the song – it’s a real barkfest at that point. Lovely.”

Mark “Barney” Greenway On New Napalm Death Album: “We’re Heading Into The Noise-Rock Territory”

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Mark “Barney” Greenway discussed Napalm Death’s new album “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism” (out September 18). He said the following:

“I’ve definitely done some stuff on this album vocally that I’ve never done to this degree before. We’re heading into the noise-rock territory, loosely. Swans, My Bloody Valentine, The Young Gods – we’re heading more down that path. But there’s some more traditional, fast, chaotic stuff as well. Again, as long as it’s aggressive, confrontational, abrasive, even when it’s less full-pelt, it’s always Napalm Death.”

Napalm Death To Release New Album “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism” In September

Napalm Death have announced that their new album “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism” will be released on September 18. Pre-orders will launch on July 24, along with the effort’s first single.

“Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism” Track Listing:

01. “Fuck The Factoid”
02. “Backlash Just Because”
03. “That Curse Of Being In Thrall”
04. “Contagion”
05. “Joie De Ne Pas Vivre”
06. “Invigorating Clutch”
07. “Zero Gravitas Chamber”
08. “Fluxing Of The Muscle”
09. “Amoral”
10. “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism”
11. “Acting In Gouged Faith”
12. “A Bellyful Of Salt And Spleen”

Mark “Barney” Greenway had the following to say about the new record:

“The phrase sticking in my mind when I started thinking about the lyrical direction for this album was ‘the other.’ You could recognize at the time that there was a rapidly growing fear and paranoia being generated about everybody, from migrating people to people with fluid sexuality and this was starting to manifest itself in very antagonistic reactions that you felt were almost verging on violence. Not everybody resorts to such reactions, of course, but even the basic lack of understanding can become toxic over time. I’m not saying that this is an entirely new phenomenon, but it has been stoked in recent history by some particularly attack-minded people in more political circles and, as ever, I felt that it would be the natural antidote to endorse basic humanity and solidarity with all.

The artwork specifically uses a white dove as a centrepiece, which, of course, is a commonly recognised symbol of peace and cooperation. The dove has been mauled very violently by a sterilizing hand and in death appears particularly broken and bloodied. However, through the violence you can see an equality symbol in blood on the chest of the dove, which perhaps demonstrates — visually at least — that equality cuts through in the end. A positive amidst many negatives then, much like the album title itself being a bit of an oxymoron — the celebration of humanity even in the mangling jaws of negativity.”

Napalm Death Announce New Vinyl Reissues

Napalm Death will be reissuing “Time Waits For No Slave,” “Smear Campaign,” “Utilitarian,” and “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” on limited edition vinyl this summer. “Time Waits For No Slave” and “Smear Campaign” will be available on July 24, while “Utilitarian” and “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” will be available on August 21.

Here’s the available options:

  • 200 black vinyl on all accounts
  • 100 red smoke vinyl with Decibel Magazine
  • 300 blue smoke vinyl on the Century Media US store
  • 300 black ice vinyl on the Indie Store

A special issue of Decibel Magazine will also be released alongside the reissues. Decibel‘s Editor-in-Chief Albert Mudrain commented:

“Without Napalm Death, there would be no Decibel. They are a personal all-time favorite and one of the core bands central to the aesthetic of the entire magazine. To revisit these LPs upon their release through the lens of Decibel has been a blast. And to have those stories be a central part of these beautiful reissues has been surreal.”

Napalm Death Officially Comment On Spring Tour Cancellation

Napalm Death have officially commented on the cancellation of their spring tour with Aborted, Tombs, and WVRM. This news comes after Aborted previously confirmed that the trek was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Napalm Death said the following:

“Hi everybody,

We have been having a few enquiries via the Napalm Death channels about ticket refunds for currently scheduled gig dates – specifically in North America. There’s nothing we can directly do in terms of being able to action those, but at the same time of course we’re not a band to turn a blind eye when people need to know.

Basically we have made enquiries with our North American booker and he assures us that all currently scheduled gigs have been cancelled and he has instructed local promoters to issue refunds. What this effectively means is that you should apply for a refund at “point of purchase” – in other words, whichever channel you employed to buy any tickets. Hope this clarifies things.

Please stay safe because health and safety trumps all (no pun intended).

Love

Napalm Death“