Napalm Death
Order of the Leech


4.0
excellent

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
December 30th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Napalm Death still deliver a wallop to the head.

Forming in 1981 and taking their bloody time in creating what is considered the mantle piece in grindcore, 1987s Scum was a quick blast of crust punk and hardcore that would up the tempo speed within heavy metal and redefine what it meant to be aggressive. Today, Napalm Death is all but a grain of sand on a beach in the ever-populous world that heavy metal has become. They have gained tremendous respect from their peers within the genre and have been branded legendary status as the grind godfathers because of their genre defining albums and continuing efforts throughout many albums and band member changes over the past 20 years. However, does Napalm Death remain relevant throughout today’s bludgeoning metal scene? A scene that has so many new and rising stars that continue to steal the spotlight, all the while ploughing away (or outright plagiarizing) at the framework that Napalm Death created so long ago? The answer to this question can be found throughout their stellar discography that has remained underground in terms of popularity since Scum. Just listen to Napalm’s early 90s essentials such as Utopian Banished, Fear, Emptiness, Despair and Diatribes for a good example of how grind/ death metal should be done. Napalm’s continuing mixture of grind and death metal covered in a thin coat of crust continued into the early 00s albums with Order of the Leech that finds the band at their most speedy and politically charged best.

Order of the Leech isn’t just heavy as ***, it absolutely annihilates everything in its path without becoming overly repetitive (well, for the most part that is). And really, to call Napalm Death grindcore is kind of doing the band an injustice. Death metal and thrashy grooves are fused together with such speedy accuracy, forcing a listener to blow chunks with the dizzying array of rhythm changeups and mind boggling profusion of technicality. Jesse Pintado (RIP) and Mick Harris are riffing monsters on this album, fusing thrash, a bit of grind, and death metal assaults into one solid frontline of blasting guitars. Both guitarists are accompanied by an equally impressive rhythm section that consists of Shane Embury (the only remaining original member) on bass and Danny Herrera on drums who channel their energy into creating spastic rhythm changes; seamlessly connecting blast beats, death metals tight chops, and crusty punk-rocks fast paced gallops. Noteworthy vocalist Barney Greenway’s muddy growls perfectly compliment the chaos. His quick vocal lashings filled with political anarchy (taken from “Continuing War on Stupidity”: Thatcher, Reagan, Bush – that’s one three headed beast/ It’s the loathing behind the eyes/ And when those eyes conceal the zealot/ Whiter then white, but the robots buy it/ They clap and cheer) have never been so straight forward and blunt. Actually, for that fact, his themes haven’t changed much since 1987. These repetitive subjects are just one complaint a listener could make about this band. However, long time fans of Napalm wouldn’t have it any other way though. Napalm Death have always been pissed off with the state of the world and any other lyrical content would be considered unacceptable.

Unrelenting and pulverizing are what Napalm Death specialize in on Order of the Leech and only deliver the goods without a scrap of filler. To reiterate a question that popped up earlier in this review, “Does Napalm Death remain relevant throughout today’s bludgeoning metal scene”? The proof to this in Order of the Leech that will make the poser grind bands poop their pants and seal the lid on Napalm Death being one of the premium acts in metal over the last 20 years. On one final note, as serious as Napalm Death is about their politically charged death-grind, listen to the secret song contained at the end of this suffocating album for a rather satirical bit of humour (taken from “The Great Capitulator” @ 9:57 in: Greetings, my name is Will and I’m a total back trash grind freak from the Czech Republic……).



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Wizard
December 30th 2008


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Although credited in the line-up, Jesse Pintado never performed. The second guitar is actually Mitch Harris overdubbing.


It's lines like this that really hurt Wikipedia's credit as a legit encyclopaedia. They have no source for this so I got my source from the book itself (ie. the guitaring section of the review).

Enjoy the review people. I always strive to fill this database with underrated albums.


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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 30th 2008


7401 Comments


Nice review. I don't have anything by ND, but will probably get some some time, as they sound good from what I've heard.

Wizard
December 30th 2008


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They are consistently good throughout each album. Check out some of the ones I've recommended in the review (particularly Fear, Emptiness, Despair........my favourite ).


Thanks for reading.This Message Edited On 12.30.08

Commortus
December 30th 2008


237 Comments


Today, Napalm Death is all but a grain of sand on a beech in the ever-popular world that heavy metal has become.

"beech" should be beach and I think you mean ever-populous instead of "ever-popular" but otherwise good review.

AvictimOfSociety
December 30th 2008


71 Comments


A scene that has so many new and rising stars that continue to steel the spotlight,


I think you mean steal?

Just listen Napalm’s early 90s essentials such as Utopian Banished, Fear, Emptiness,


Maybe it should be Just listen to Napalm's?

Other than that I will have to check this out.This Message Edited On 12.30.08

Zippermouth
December 31st 2008


1305 Comments


Jesse Pintado (RIP)

ah, the metal lifestyle claims another victim.

SlaveLabor
December 31st 2008


453 Comments


Holy shit i gota check this out Napalm rule

Wizard
December 31st 2008


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, lots of mistakes to be found. Thank you guys for the help. Glad you at least enjoyed the content of the review.

Illiminator,
I'm not doubting that there are a few awkward phrases here and there, but can you point out a few so I can fix them up? You're not up to your usual games these days either. Kind of strange.

SlaveLabor
December 31st 2008


453 Comments


Wizard this review is great please do Harmony Corruption :P

Wizard
December 31st 2008


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahahahaha I might do. Thanks dude. I was thinking more along the lines of Fear, Emptiness, Despair seeing as that's my favourite by ND. You should try a review on for size.

SlaveLabor
December 31st 2008


453 Comments


I honestly think i would suck lol but i guess its worth a try i might do it thanks!

Wizard
December 31st 2008


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have some confidence! And take constructive criticism as it comes whether it's your first review or your 23rd (like mine hahaha). Learn from your mistakes and you will become better over time, unless your one of the few who is a gifted writer.

SlaveLabor
December 31st 2008


453 Comments


Yea but i can only see me doing track by track and they are hated around here

Wizard
December 31st 2008


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do yourself a favour and read a few of the other reviews done by some of the really good users (ie. Crimson, rasputin, Chan, Jom, Crysis etc.) and see how they format their reviews into themed paragraphs; like an essay sort of. But if you have to do a tbt to get your feet off the ground, so be it. Just try and improve upon what review skills you have at that moment in time. Our community likes to see noobs try dammit!

TheNotrap
May 20th 2012


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

SCARS DIG DEEP THEY BLEEDS SEEDS WITHIN WOUNDS I FEEEEDDD

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KILL
May 20th 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol m/

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TheNotrap
May 20th 2012


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

UNMERCIFUL CRUELTYYYYYYYYY AWAKENIG RUDELYYYYYYYY


DeadGuy
February 15th 2014


406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great modern napalm record

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