Visceral Collapse (Venomous Concept) Release “Knowle Road”

Venomous Concept’s Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Kevin Sharp (ex-Brutal Truth), and John Cooke (Napalm Death) have launched a new side project called Visceral Collapse. You can find their new release, “Knowle Road,” on Bandcamp.

Sharp commented:

“Shane and I got to talking about records we wanted to do — I guess the older you get, the more curious you become. Records we only talked of doing but never got around to, but then COVID came and gave us two things: crisis and time on our hands. I sort of feel I have created deconstructed music in multitudes of methodology and melody might be an unexplored extreme.

So Shane wrote some songs for the next Venomous Concept album; more uptempo high-paced rock ‘n’ roll punk mixed in with a Hüsker Dü melodic ’80s hardcore punk feel. It goes this way then that way and an album forms. Anyway, you will hear more about that album next year once we roll into 2021!

The idea was for me to fly to Birmingham/Cambridge and record for my birthday back in September. I arrived three days early to work on last-minute ideas for the record we had written.

Not being capable of following a plan, we went in and immediately recorded an emotional avalanche titled Knowle Rd. This may not be for everyone. That said, this record was Johnny, Shane and myself, so in an effort to direct the ear, we are using a different acronym for this VC record: This part of our hard drive will be called Visceral Collapse, which, if you think about it, defines 2020. If in the future “Venomous Concepts” exceed perceived content, we will probably come up with another acronym… but Ook will always be VC!

So if you enjoy placing your head in an oven, I encourage you to get in your special place. and set your head to broil. Knowle Rd is the 2020 lease-breaker everyone felt this year.”

Dark Sky Burial (Napalm Death) Premiere New Song “Omisoka”

Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury has released a new song, titled “Omisoka,” from his ambient project Dark Sky Burial. Fans can purchase the track on Bandcamp. Embury commented:

“This track is called Omisoka which translates I hope into “Last great day” it was conceived as a sort of Christmas Day theme of mine but then morphed into an end of year theme hence the title. 2020 as we all know has been a bizarre year, for Me I have managed to keep reasonably sane by immersing myself into creating music… In part this composition is my own way of sending love and thanking my family and my friends for putting up with me as I continue to take life’s rocky roller coaster ride and lastly to the followers and fans of Dark Sky Burial who have supported me so far I cannot thank you enough.”

Brave The Cold (Napalm Death, Megadeth) Premiere “Apparatus” Video

Brave The Cold, the band featuring Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris and Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren, have premiered a new video for their song “Apparatus.” This track is from their latest album “Scarcity.“ A limited edition vinyl pressing of that effort will be released on December 11.

Harris commented:

“The concept reflects on the division of neighbor vs. neighbor, harvesting unrest due to compromised ethics, intended to destroy the frayed internal infrastructure of adapting society on a global level. ‘Apparatus‘ is about a socially repressive cabal whose sole agenda is maximizing the transfer of wealth and power from poorer, middle class consumers to a thin sliver of the wealthiest via submissive fear ideology.

Through an intensive program of isolation, bombardment with propaganda and behaviorally suggestive content before reaching the global eye, the ‘Apparatus‘ is distressing civil liberties in an era of inconceivable technological corporate wizardry, oppression, censorship and domination.”

Dark Sky Burial (Napalm Death) Premiere “De Omnibus Dubitandum Est” Video

Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury has premiered a new video for “De Omnibus Dubitandum Est” from his ambient project Dark Sky Burial. That song is the title track of the band’s debut album, which was released earlier this year. On another note, Embury has also confirmed that he is already working on a follow-up:

“I am really happy with the response so far to the project and it really means a lot to me. This year has been tough on all of us but also a definitive inspiration for my second album, which I have already finished and just need to mix. The title for the second DSB album is called ‘Quod me nutrit me destruit‘, which translates to what nourishes me, destroys me.”

[via Decibel]

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’s Shane Embury Recruits Megadeth, Converge, Etc. Members For New Blood From The Soul Album

Blood From The Soul, the project featuring Napalm Death’s Shane Embury, will be releasing a new album titled “DSM-5” on November 13. Embury recorded the effort with Jacob Bannon (Converge), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), and Jesper Liveröd (ex-Nasum). The first single, “Debris Of Dreams,” can be streamed below:

“DSM-5” Track Listing:

01. “Fang Tooth Claw”
02. “Ascend The Spine”
03. “Calcified Youth”
04. “Debris Of Dreams”
05. “Dismantle The Titan”
06. “Encephalon Escape”
07. “Subtle Fragment”
08. “Terminal Truth”
09. “Sharpened Heart”
10. “Self Deletion”
11. “Lurch Of Loss”
12. “DSM-5”

Bannon told Forbes the following about the project:

“Shane approached me to work on the project with him, and I’ve known Shane in passing from touring over the last number of years, and we’ve stayed in touch with each other here and there.

But the email kind of came out of the blue, I knew that he was working on bringing the project back to life at some point, and for the last couple of years there were some rumors about other musicians that he was trying to work on it with, so I thought he was already kind of going that route.

So when I heard from him it was surprising and welcoming, and it just sounded like a really fun challenge to be honest.

I’m used to writing material in my other bands that’s rooted in life experience, I’ve never really tried to write anything that hasn’t been ‘non-fiction,’ for lack of a better terminology in terms of lyrics.

This to me was an interesting challenge where I could write from a different perspective, and still put in my own life experiences and attach a variety of different metaphors that relate to today and contemporary society. It was a whole different animal and I was just like “yeah this sounds exciting, I’d love the opportunity and I’d love the challenge.”

So at that point, [Shane] sent me some demos and ideas and he told me who else he’d been talking to about working on the project with, and he already had Dirk [Verbeuren] from Megadeth lined up as the percussionist.

The previous record, [‘To Spite the Gland That Breeds‘], was all drum machine so that was already pretty exciting to me because you have this monster drummer doing this, and I got in touch with Dirk to just get the feel for what everybody was looking for and put the challenge on.”

Brave The Cold (Napalm Death, Megadeth) Premiere “Blind Eye” Video

Brave The Cold, the band featuring Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris and Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren, have premiered a new video for their new song “Blind Eye.” This track is from their debut album “Scarcity,“ which was digitally released today (October 2). Physical copies will be released on December 11. Harris commented:

“We’re all excited about Brave The Cold’s ‘Scarcity‘ digital release today! To kick it all off, we have a cutting-edge video courtesy of legendary Polish director Marek Skrobecki. ‘Blind Eye‘ and its Gregorian chants kicks off ‘Scarcity‘ as the album itself can be described as a ‘precursor to prophecy.’”

Brave The Cold (Napalm Death, Megadeth) Premiere “Hallmark Of Tyranny” Video

Brave The Cold, the band featuring Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris and Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren, have premiered a new video for their new song “Hallmark Of Tyranny.” This track is from their debut album “Scarcity,“ which will be released on October 2.

The following was said about the song:

“The track is an attack on overreaching governments — highlighting financial superpowers, forced vaccines, targeted false flag operations and frequency harnessing of the masses to achieve a one-world government.”

Harris added:

“Although it may sound doom and gloom, it’s meant for a positive outcome from creative efforts inspiring change. Inspiration through art is essential in our world, with our need for social interaction, adaptation, individualism and personal transformation. If Brave The Cold doesn’t get your attention, what will? It’s time to wake the fuck up!”

Brave The Cold (Napalm Death, Megadeth) To Release Debut Album “Scarcity” In October

Brave The Cold, the band featuring Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris and Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren, have signed a new deal with Mission Two Entertainment and are planning to release their debut album, “Scarcity,“ through the label on October 2. Harris commented:

“Mission Two Entertainment progressed to their next phase in the music world and they have been the most inspiring team I’ve ever worked with! They truly believe with heart and soul to push this to the highest level possible as we forge ahead in our forever altered civilization.”

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: