Feb 012012

The thoroughly awesome Napalm Death will be releasing their 14th (!) studio album, Utilitarian, on February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America. I’m really looking forward to it. Yesterday, thanks to a tip from TheMadIsraeli, I realized I had missed the album teaser that the band released last week.

The video was created by the band’s guitarist and backing vocalist Mitch Harris. It’s a politically charged animation interspersed with news clips of protests, and it’s a head-trip and a half to watch. A comment I saw on YouTube pretty much sums up the message: “Fuck the System, Fuck Governments, Fuck Aliens!”

And the music goes really fuckin hard, too. The riffs crush without remorse, and Barney Greenway sounds raw and pissed off. I’m also liking the use of clean vocals (I know, that’s heresy, but I’m just being honest). This is grindcore done right.

Watch that after the jump if you haven’t see it yet . . . and then we’ll move on to the new video from Comeback Kid.



Once upon a time, long ago, I listened to a lot more hardcore than I do today. That was before I drifted into various flavors of death metal, and more recently black metal. But I’ve still got a taste for it, maybe more of a taste for it than I realized.

Winnipeg, Canada’s Comeback Kid was a band whose music I used to like, though it’s been a while since I got one of their albums. The most recent release was their 2010 album on Victory Records, Β Symptoms + Cures. Yesterday, the band unveiled a music video for a song from the album called “Do Yourself A Favor”. It’s a live performance video with good photography and effective editing, but what I really liked was the song itself.

It includes some seriously neck-breaking riffs, one pile-driving breakdown, and sweetly jugular-rupturing vocals. It’s also catchy as conjunctivitis.

If I were to dip my toes more deeply into hardcore waters, what new releases would you recommend?


  1. I do love Napalm Death, but despite the cool visuals I get no comfort from the trailer track, seems a bit too contrived for my liking, lets hope this track is the exception to the rule.

  2. I actually liked the clean vocals part as well, and if you hadn’t of written about it, it would have genuinely caught me by surprise. Nice.

    I’m surprised that Alex didn’t take you to task for calling them grindcore instead of Deathgrind though πŸ˜›

  3. That Napalm song was fucking awesome!

    Not all that into hardcore, but, check out a band called World of Pain, and a blackened hardcore band called Young and in the Way.

  4. Cancer Bats, also Canadian, also awesome

  5. Hardcore… hardcore… That’s what started me off down this dark and uber-metal path. Do still like Comeback Kid and a number of others though.

    New V.O.D. should be awesome, but stuff to recommend…

    Shai Hulud’s last album “Misanthropy Pure” was great.

    Black Anvil are nasty and brutish.

  6. One would suggest XI by Hexis, released last December – Black metal / Hardcore with Black Metal not just slapped on. But, that’s pretty much the latest hardcore one has listened to. :/

    There is also Last Run Through the Ruins by Burn Everything, released last July – Botch / old The Dillinger Escape Plan -Mathcore kind of thing going on. And if you haven’t checked out Journal’s Unlorja (Progressive Metal / Mathcore / Grindcore – released 2010 June), you might as well do so. [“Unlorja” is an anagram of “Journal” one believes. 😐 ]

    One assumes you have given thought to listening to I’ll Eat Your Face after reading groverXIII’s list (and one’s own if that helps remind you).

  7. I love Napalm Death, and Barney is a very intense dude in interviews, but…I think they may have gone slightly conspiracy crazy with this video….I can’t tell if certain aspects are meant to be jokes or not….

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