Napalm Death
Harmony Corruption


4.0
excellent

Review

by KILL USER (57 Reviews)
April 15th, 2009 | 81 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rules

I first heard Napalm Death around 3 years ago, I really liked the sound and energy so I decided to look into them further. A few weeks later I bought Diatribes and of course Harmony Corruption. The first thing I noticed about Harmony Corruption was the production, It sounds very thick and slightly muffled which I didn't like at first but have grown quite fond of over the years. The album also reminded me of Slayers Reign In Blood, how the album is solid the whole way though and the whole album feels like one big song, while some might find that repetitive I find it to be brilliant and honestly can not find one dull moment on the entire album. This is the album where Napalm Death started to move away from Grindcore and move over to good old Death Metal, while many fans claimed Napalm Death had "sold out" there was no denying this way a great Napalm Death record and is definitely my favorite one.

One of the reasons I love this album so much are the vocals, the vocalist Mark Greenway (commonly known as "Barney") has deep and powerful voice thanks to his strong Birmingham accent. 19 seconds into the song Vision Conquest Mark does a deep guttural roar which always puts a smile on my face. I much prefer Marks vocals to those of Nicholas Bullen and Lee Dorian. Marks lyrics on the album are mostly about religion and politics, which is a nice change from traditional gore lyrics.

Another huge plus on this album is the drummer Mick Harris, who many say popularized the blast beat. Micks style is extremely fast double bass and blast beats with the occasional hit on the toms. The drums have a very nice sound on the album with the clicky bass drum and hollow snare. My favorite song for drums is the track If The Truth Be Known which starts with a pretty straight forward beat but ends up turning into more blastbeat madness.

The guitars don't really stand out on this album, while there are great riffs and solos the guitars sound very muffled and are actually quite quiet most of the time. But as I said there are great riffs from Mitch Harris and Jesse Pintado. Especially on songs like Malicious Intent and Suffer The Children, the riff at 2:08 on Malicious Intent is my favorite on the album.

This is one hell of an album. From the great vocals of Barney and the brilliant drums from Mick, Harmony Corruption is a great death metal record with a strong lyrical message and fierce instrumentation. If you are a fan of Death Metal or even Grindcore then I highly recommend this album, even over Scum. While most peoples favorite Napalm Death album is Scum, I prefer the vocals, instrumentation and production on Harmony Corruption and when I'm in the mood to listen to some Napalm Death, I find myself listening to this album every time.


Pros:
No filler
Mark Greenway
Great instrumentation all round

Cons:
Some may find repetitive
Production is slightly muffled
Some may not like the change from Grindcore to Death Metal


Recommended Tracks:
Suffer The Children
If The Truth Be Known
Malicious Intent
Vision Conquest

"Judgment through force
Faith, a fuel for pointless wars"



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rasputin
April 15th 2009


14555 Comments


what is this indie pop or something

KILL
April 15th 2009


72131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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Douchebag
April 15th 2009


3624 Comments


Death Metal? I thought you were'nt into this stuff?

KILL
April 15th 2009


72131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Where did you hear that? I love Death Metal man!

Douchebag
April 15th 2009


3624 Comments


You said you hate gruff screaming and shiz.

KILL
April 15th 2009


72131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When? do you mean metalcore? i said i hated the vocals on Jane Doe if thats what you meant

Douchebag
April 15th 2009


3624 Comments


I can't remember. never mind. fly that metal flag!!

KILL
April 15th 2009


72131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Up the irons!

Douchebag
April 15th 2009


3624 Comments


Up the irons!

KILL
April 15th 2009


72131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What do you think of the review?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2009


8387 Comments


well tbqh I liked your first better KILL, but don't worry this isn't a bad review or anything.

You don't have to say phrases like "I think.." or "In my opinion..". This is your review, it IS your opinion and take of the album. You could just do the whole review like the first part of the drumming paragraph. No "I think..." or "I like..." is needed in most occasions. Just make solid descriptions and try not to sound biased. Your descriptions are solid and well thought, just a bit short, maybe expand a little more on the whole sound of the album. Oh yeah, the pros and cons section really isn't neccesary btw.

Not trying to be an ass, just trying to help you improve brother.

KILL
April 15th 2009


72131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see what you mean and I'll try to stop doing it in future reviews. Thanks for the tips as i want to improve as this is all new to me really!

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2009


8387 Comments


it's good that you like to learn and get better. you're first was waaaay better than mine anyway so I'm pretty sure that you shall do some pretty neat reviews in no time!

rasputin
April 15th 2009


14555 Comments


guys i hate gruff screaming and shiz

gaslightanthem
April 15th 2009


5209 Comments


alligator has no bite

rasputin
April 15th 2009


14555 Comments


nah he just hates gruff screaming like me we can't handle this death metal stuff it's way too gruff

Phantom
April 15th 2009


8930 Comments


This sounds pretty gruff

gaslightanthem
April 15th 2009


5209 Comments


it's like three billy goats gruff that is what it reminds me of maybe

poweroftheweez
April 15th 2009


1290 Comments


nice review kill. metalstyle pretty much covered all my beefs with it.
I need more Napalm Death...

Willie
Moderator
April 15th 2009


16132 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice review. I love their cover of "Nazi Punks Fuck Off", but have never really been into the band's own music.

Also, you're missing a few apostrophes and there are a few messed up words but not bad.

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