Napalm Death
Smear Campaign


4.0
excellent

Review

by Stalusk USER (4 Reviews)
February 18th, 2007 | 24 replies | 32,816 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A strong collection of songs from a legendary band at the peak of their game. There are many tracks sticking to their standard grindcore style but there are also some slower doomier moments that suit the vibe of the album perfectly. Possibly not as intens

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

First review guys so please be gentle.

As you await the birth of your second child, it’s a very strange feeling to assess the recent release by a band you spent a lot of your high school years with (and I'm talking late '80's). But such is the way with British extreme metal legends Napalm Death. Smear Campaign is album number thirteen, the third in recent succession following on from Order Of The Leech and The Code Is Red Long Live The Code. The album has an interesting mix of almost every stage of the bands career. It starts with a short intro and an appearance by Anneke from The Gathering. Her contribution is not terribly overwhelming, she also does spoken word type passages for the later track “In Deference”.

Mitch Harris has a strong opening with “Sink Fast Let Go”, incorporating all the elements you’ve come to expect and a healthy injection of shrill chirping from the guitarist. Shane Embury (bass, whose songs as a group I prefer) cuts through each track with dynamic precision, and Danny Herrera (drums) finds the mark each time with his tremendously fluent delivery. Barney Greenway takes no prisoners with his throat shredding performance, and provides plenty of food for thought with his lyrics. Here are some examples:

“Resounding words from God, and words are all they ever are, astounding deeds of faith that never quite astound”
“Bound and gagged no value or use, unjust enforcers policing the truth. Visceral dictatorship stripped to the nerve, designs of entrapment that fake its concern”
“Loudest base pleasures stifled to a whimper, colour and shade is so bland in this vacuum”

There’s something on this album for everyone, crushing heaviness, hardcore style backing vocals, and energy that just makes you want to jump on the furniture or pound the dashboard all the way down the highway. Highlighting individual tracks is probably fruitless as everyone will have their favourites. But special mention should be made to “Warped Beyond Logic” with its cyclonic riffing, the great opening to “Fatalist”, and the remarkably catchy vocoder driven chorus of “Persona Non Grata”. The final two tracks are crushingly apocalyptic with layers of depression and despair, a nice change up to the velocity of the overall album content.

The vibe of the album also reminds me of their covers album Leaders Not Followers Part 2. I can’t imagine it’s a coincidence that some of the obscure bands highlighted in that album are thanked in the liner notes of this album. Overall it’s a terrific listen from a band at the peak of their game and well worth your time and cash. It’s not a bad start too for the younger folk wanting to step into some (more extreme) uncharted waters.


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Altmer
February 18th 2007



5652 Comments


Good review, I pos voted.

any14doomsday
February 18th 2007



679 Comments


Good review, The only thing I have from these guys is Scum, and thats pretty good. Ill probobly check this out.

south_of_heaven 11
February 18th 2007



5433 Comments


I heard "When All Is Said and Done" on Headbanger's Ball by these guys. It sucked real bad.

Derock
February 19th 2007



30 Comments


these guys make the backstreet boys look good

Derock
February 19th 2007



30 Comments


peter pan peanut butter has siminila?


TheHamburgerman
February 19th 2007



1283 Comments


Very nice work indeed. Can't say I love them though...

Dethtrasher
February 19th 2007



2211 Comments


Good first review!
My taste for grindcore is quite limited so I guess I won't check these guys out.

Confessed2005
May 17th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is a real return to form for ND.

Simply awesome stuff.

DTJPChuck
June 11th 2007



7 Comments


NAPALM DEATH IS THE DEFINTION OF SUCK!!!!

DTJPChuck
June 11th 2007



7 Comments


DEFINITION*

Confessed2005
June 11th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^^ You are the definition of retarded, good Sir.

antihippy
June 11th 2007



696 Comments


NAPALM DEATH IS THE DEFINTION OF SUCK!!!!


you sir, are a kjfAKJASADekndkANKDNlskANNaskasdksksdjs.

masscows
June 11th 2007



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This record is pretty good, but...
a) as far as death metal goes, there's way better stuff out there. I know that they still have the signature grind sound, where they'll play death metal, a grind riff, and then return to death metal (Eyes Right Out is a good example of this), but to me it just seems kind of sloppy.
b)Nothing this lineup will do will top their first 2 full lengths (Scum and From Enslavement to Oblideration). Even though Barney is a good vocalist, and a better one than Lee Dorrian, this just isn't that good overall compared to the rest of what's around now and compared to what this band has done in the past.

It's better than The Code is Red, though.

Confessed2005
March 4th 2008



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No it isn't.

IRAI
March 19th 2008



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This Album is Good.

randydances
May 28th 2008



12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys are amazing


heylelshalem
December 30th 2008



71 Comments


this is actually one of my favorite napalm death albums.

Meatplow
August 19th 2009



5524 Comments


This is pretty damn good, I agree.

gutturalmaster
January 1st 2010



170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Here's another great album by Napalm Death!

BigBrother
December 23rd 2010



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album, better than some of their previous work



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