Napalm Death
Death by Manipulation


4.5
superb

Review

by SylentEcho USER (21 Reviews)
August 5th, 2008 | 14 replies | 6,282 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


A little over a year after their successful debut album “Scum” which was considered to be the first ever Grindcore album, the British band Napalm Death released another album called “From Enslavement To Obliteration” or FETO, had a lot of business and musical conflicts within the band, released a string of EP’s in the course of two years before releasing “Harmony Corruption” .Now this compilation, “Death by Manipulation”, contains songs from those albums and EP’s. Napalm Death found success with “Scum”, turbocharged it with “FETO” and found their trademark sound on “Mass Appeal Madness”.

This was a time when people were slowly moving on from Speed Metal to the more extreme stuff, although Speed Metal had a much larger fan base, Napalm Death were making a name for themselves basically everywhere with their new chaotic, super-fast guitars and extreme sound which paved the way for other extreme bands like Carcass, Brutal Truth and Nasum.

“Mass Appeal Madness” marked quite a change from normal 52 second napalm death songs to 3 or 4 minute brilliant gems that are here. The chainsaw like guitars, throbbing drums, growling vocals, and bass work together very well here. The sound quality goes from good to bad by song, creating a mix of the old sound and new sound for Napalm Death.

So let’s take a look:

Tracks 1-4 are the most solid and catchiest tracks from this album and they are from the “Mass Appeal Madness” EP. This was a period in their career where their tunes started to blend in a lot more. "Pride Assassin" has low vocals from Barney and screaming from Mick. The production is flawless, the riffs are memorable and songs are really well structured. The re-done versions of ‘Unchallenged Hate’ and ‘Social Sterility’ are far superior than the originals found in ‘From Enslavement to Obliteration’

Tracks 5-7 are from ‘Suffer the Children’ (1990) and display the bands new found musicianship with much better riffs and more song variety. The riffs are more simplistic but seem to get the feeling across. The vocals are really good too; I feel this is Barney’s best vocal performance in the band till this time. One thing here I dislike is that when they play fast, the guitars are almost non-existent in the mix. The vocals and drums over-shadow everything. The snare drum sounds truly awful. One of the songs that stand out here are “Seige Of Power”. This also features an instrumental version of "Harmony Corruption" not found on the original album itself.

Tracks 8-13 are from the ‘Mentally Murdered’ EP (1989) and was the last recording with Lee Dorrian and Bill Steer. Musically, everything about this is good, it still isn’t pure Death Metal, but there is less emphasis on blasting and more emphasis on riffing, which make the songs much more memorable and really establish a 'trademark' style of Napalm Death riffing. The lyrics overall are about social awareness and the like, so it’s pretty surprising that music resembled death metal but the ideals were punk. Tracks 14-19 are from the "Napalm Death/S.O.B. Split 7".

Overall the production for the most part here is flawless, apart from a few songs mentioned. There are also three bonus tracks on this record; the last three tracks are live versions of “Unchallenged Hate”, “Extremity Retained” and “Walls of Confinement”. So, this CD is a pretty good purchase.

Pros:
A new sound for Napalm Death
Awesome vocals
Riffs are dare I say “catchy” and very memorable.
Contains some of the best stuff they’ve done in years.

Cons:
“Harmony Corruption” used as an interlude is totally mindless.
Sometimes the mix seems blurry
Some riffs are basic in nature and sound really uninspired.

Rating:
4.5/5

So overall this is a solid release. Since this borders more on the Death Metal side, I would recommend this to anyone who likes old school Death Metal. In fact, it’s a great addition to any Metalhead’s collection so be sure to check it out.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SylentEcho
August 5th 2008


1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Feel free to comment.

BadgerX
August 5th 2008


31 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, shit band.



SylentEcho
August 5th 2008


1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sup, Come on msn.

You havent even heard the album and rated it? lulz :P

Eliminator
August 5th 2008


2067 Comments


harmony corruption is their best

killacelebrity
August 6th 2008


2 Comments


I was whoundering .. cna I shats wath you?

SylentEcho
August 6th 2008


1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

HAHA, sup nubs, didn't know you joined the site.

BadgerX
September 5th 2008


31 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This band is shit. Best thing Lee Dorian did was to leave them.This Message Edited On 09.05.08

masscows
September 5th 2008


2236 Comments


your face is shit, i want to shit on it

TrojanWhore
September 5th 2008


752 Comments


lol at this thread

SylentEcho
September 9th 2008


1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band is ****. Best thing Lee Dorian did was to leave them.
Oh, come on, you don't know anything about this band, you think they're only Punk and you haven't even heard one album by them. I was giving you the albums, but you said you didn't want them remember?

DimeoFlame
September 9th 2008


35 Comments


This is barney...Napalm Death...sitting here on the couch with Shane...

gutturalmaster
January 4th 2010


170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Another good album by one of Death Metal's pioneer bands. Some of the songs are a bit annoying, but definately has some classics on it.


Terrifyer
January 29th 2011


3403 Comments


mentally murdered ep slays so much

SylentEcho
January 29th 2011


1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think their best work so far was the Mass Appeal Madness EP.



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