Barney Greenway Says He Is “More Or Less Halfway Through” With Vocals For The New Napalm Death Album

During a recent interview with Metal Underground, Barney Greenway offered an update on the new Napalm Death album. According to him, he is “more or less halfway through” with vocals for the effort.

Greenway said the following:

“Most of the music is done. I’ve been working on vocals. I’m more or less halfway through. So there’s a bit more to do. But, of course, then we’ve gotta look at things like artwork and all the various things.

“The thing with NAPALM is after this many albums, it can’t just be something you just throw out there. Like the artwork, for example, you’ve gotta use your imagination a little bit and try to express it in different ways.

“The last couple of album sleeves were fucking great, to be honest. I mean, I really liked them a lot. They really expressed what we wanted to say in different ways. So I’d definitely like to do that with the next one.

“To me, [the cover art] has to be confrontational, and it has to be extreme. So it requires a bit of thought. We’ve been speaking with Frode [Sylthe], the [‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’] artist — he’s gonna do the next one. It’s a matter of where we go from here, really. Because we’ve looked at a hundred different things so far to try to get some ideas, and nothing is jumping off the page yet. Something will come in the end.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Tronos (Napalm Death, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Birth Womb”

Tronos, the project led by Shame Embury (Napalm Death, Brujeria, etc.) and producer Russ Russell (At The Gates, Napalm Death), have premiered a new song titled “Birth Womb.” The group said the following:

“This song talks about sacrifice, betrayal of emotion and the process of feeling temporary defeat. But in experiencing these feelings you realise that you can be a stronger person for the experience, the knowledge that maybe you are not unique and we are all dealing with our personal trials on a day-to-day basis.”

“Birth Womb” is from the band’s debut album “Celestial Mechanics,” which will be released on April 12. It’s worth noting that Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, ex-Soilwork) handled the drumming for the effort and that it will also feature Faith No More’s Billy Gould (bass), Mastodon’s Troy Sanders (bass), Voivod’s Denis “Snake” Belanger (vocals), Nuclear Assault’s Dan Lilker (bass), and The Wonder Stuff’s Erica Nockalls (vocals/violin).

“Celestial Mechanics” Track Listing:

01. “Walk Among The Dead Things”
02. “Judas Cradle”
03. “The Ancient Deceit”
04. “The Past Will Wither And Die”
05. “A Treaty With Reality”
06. “Voyeurs Of Nature’s Tragedies”
07. “Birth Womb”
08. “Premonition”
09. “Beyond The Stream Of Conciousness”
10. “Johnny Blade” (Black Sabbath cover)

Volbeat Share “Evelyn” Live Video From “Let’s Boogie! Live From Telia Parken”

Volbeat have shared a new live video for “Evelyn” featuring Napalm Death’s Mark “Barney” Greenway. The footage is from the band’s new live release “Let’s Boogie! Live From Telia Parken,” which is available now. That effort features the group’s August 26, 2017 show at the Telia Parken in their hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Concert Review: Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament, & Napalm Death In San Jose, CA

On August 26, I attended the final date of the second leg of Slayer’s farewell tour at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA and it was an insane show.

Grindcore legends Napalm Death kicked off the night with a sick set. The group played about 12 tracks, a third of which were off their album “Scum,” including their one second hit “You Suffer.” The highlight of the group’s set was their cover of Dead Kennedys’ “Nazi Punks Fuck Off,” which was preceded by a cool speech from frontman Barney Greenway who called for “equality for all human beings without exception.”

After Napalm Death, it was time for the Bay Area’s own Testament. The band burst onto the stage with the title track to their latest album “Brotherhood Of The Snake” before transitioning into “Rise Up” off “Dark Roots Of Earth.” After that, they pretty much stuck to the classics, much to the crowd’s approval. Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson’s guitar work was amazing as always and Chuck Billy’s voice sounded more powerful than ever. The highlights from their set included: “”Into The Pit,” “Over The Wall,” and “Practice What You Preach.”

After a short intermission, Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast” could be heard blasting throughout the arena and as soon as the music faded, Anthrax took the stage and started rocking the intro to Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell,” before launching into “Caught In A Mosh.” The band were one of the most energetic acts of the night and they had the crowd going crazy. Joey Belladonna’s vocals were on point the whole set and the musicianship between Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, and Jonathan Donais was impeccable. Their performance mainly consisted of their hits with “Evil Twin” off their latest album “For All Kings” mixed in. Highlights from their set included: “Madhouse,” their hit cover of “Antisocial,” and their closer “Indians,” which was completed by the “Cowboys From Hell” outro.

After Anthrax, it was time for Lamb Of God to tear things up. The group’s set began with “Omerta” before they broke into “Ruin.” Frontman Randy Blythe put on a great performance with high jumps and harsh vocals. It’s also worth noting that guest drummer Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong) did a tremendous job filling in for Chris Adler, who was unable to make the tour. As usual, John Campbell, Willie Adler, and Mark Morton, were on top of their game as well. Highlights from the band’s set included: “512,” “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For,” “Laid To Rest” and the closing track “Redneck.”

After Lamb Of God, it was time for the headliners of the evening, the almighty Slayer. The band’s set began with crosses projected on the curtain, and they soon turned upside down before turning to pentagrams and eventually to Slayer’s logo. Then the band just exploded onto the stage with a shredding performance of the title track to their latest album “Repentless.” It was a bittersweet moment, because as awesome as it was, everyone knew this may be the last time they will get to see the group, since they are out on their final world tour. However, the good thing was the fact that things were just beginning at that moment. After the band finished the track, they started ripping their way through classics such as “Blood Red,” “Disciple,” and “Mandatory Suicide.” Kerry King cranked out riffs like a machine, as Gary Holt (Exodus) complemented him with intense solos. That guitar work combined with Tom Araya’s banshee like screams and Paul Bostaph’s thunderous drum work created a solid unit that would be hard to outmatch. The stage production was incredible as well, especially all the fire. The band really wanted to put on a show and they definitely succeeded. It’s hard to choose a highlight, but watching them play the last three songs,”Raining Blood,” “Chemical Warfare,” and “Angel Of Death,” was so epic it’s hard to put into words. When all was said and done, Araya returned to the stage to thank everyone for the years of support, and with that it was time to say goodbye to the legendary band. Their final tour will extend throughout 2019, so if you have a chance to catch them, it will be worth your while.

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Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, Etc. Members Launch New Project Born To Murder The World

Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Brujeria, etc.), Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, Mistress) and Duncan Wilkins (Fukpig, Mistress) have joined forces in a new band called Born To Murder The World. That group’s debut album “The Infinite Mirror Of Millennial Narcissism” will be released on August 24 through Embury‘s own Extrinsic Recordings, and their first single “Brutality Alchemist” can be found below:

Embury told Decibel the following:

“Born To Murder The World is a project that myself and Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh have had recorded for some time now. We have been friends for decades and when two likeminded maniacs get together to record a project, something nasty is bound to happen. I suppose we just needed a good excuse for the record to be unleashed.

To me, it was the perfect opportunity with the start of my label Extrinsic Recordings to just do that. The track ‘Brutality Alchemist’ was the first track we came up with together and is a good mixture of the what the album is all about—it seems the ideal track to introduce the album with.

As anyone who follows me or my bands would know, I love all forms of music and love making projects and collaborations to the point I guess I am a bit obsessive about it all, and for some time now I have wanted to get into recording and composing atmospheric albums/soundtrack-type recordings and, well, whatever weird and wacky ideas that come to mind.

I have a long list of stuff I want to achieve personally and Extrinsic Recordings is a way for me to do that. I’m very excited about it all and hope to make some interesting albums over the next few years… Stay tuned!”

“The Infinite Mirror Of Millennial Narcissism” Track Listing:

01. “When The Heart Is Violated”
02. “Brutality Alchemist”
03. “Genesis Misconception”
04. “The Virus Within Us All”
05. “As He Creates So He Destroys”
06. “Penetrate The Descent”
07. “The Death of Dreams”
08. “Poisoning Purity”
09. “Negative Plague”
10. “Corruption Feeds Deception”
11. “Tiyanak”
12. “How Barren Is Life Without Sin”

Napalm Death’s Mark “Barney” Greenway Joins Volbeat Onstage In Dublin, Ireland

During their May 27 show in Dublin, Ireland, Volbeat were joined onstage by Napalm Death‘s Mark “Barney” Greenway for a performance of their track “Evelyn.” Check out footage of that below:

Napalm Death Premiere “Standardization” Music Video

Napalm Death have premiered a new video for their song “Standardization.” This track is featured on the band’s rarities compilation “Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs.” Mark “Barney” Greenway commented:

“Videos I find one of the trickiest mediums to make vibrant and impactful. Costin [Chioreanu], the producer though, had a lot of stuff from our Roadburn Festival presentation which seemed to fit the music quite nicely and reflect the song’s subject matter about the utter despair of a colourless life and desire of a more conservative forces for a homogenous world according to gender, sexuality, human habits and, well, generally everything. No thanks!”