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Music: Napalm Death

By Reyan Ali · April 7th, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends

"It’s not for everyone,” says Mark “Barney” Greenway about the music made by Napalm Death, the stalwart English quartet that he’s been fronting since 1990.

Greenway’s refreshing flatness is absolutely on target: Napalm Death’s brand of Extreme Metal is morbid, disobedient, and unrelentingly abrasive, exactly the kind of material for which “Parental Advisory” stickers were created.

Napalm Death’s damaged sound has touched on a breadth of sub-categories — violent Thrash on the 1987 pre-Greenway release Scum, defiant Crust Punk with the socio-political fire of 1988’s From Enslavement to Obliteration, light speed Death Metal with 1990’s Harmony Corruption — but is best encapsulated as “Grindcore.” As a term that’s gained underground currency since it was coined by original Napalm drummer Mick Harris, Greenway approximates that Grindcore was intended to classify “anything that was painfully slow to as fast as you liked it, with all points in-between.”

The morbid, disobedient, unrelentingly abrasive Extreme Metal quartet, plays the Mad Hatter with Toxic Holocaust at 6 p.m.

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