Napalm Death
Time Waits for No Slave


4.0
excellent

Review

by Comatorium. USER (42 Reviews)
June 7th, 2009 | 120 replies | 15,099 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The founders of grindcore are still here, and they will still eat your brains.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

EDIT: I decided a 4 was a more appropriate score.

Scum. It is a landmark in the grindcore genre. Napalm Death's 28 track debut album released all the way back in '87 laid the foundation for grind bands as we know them today. Ask any grind acts today what their main influence is and I'm about 97.2% certain that "Scum" will come up.

But this isnt a review for Scum. Its a review for Napalm's 14th (!) full-length. Most bands never stay together long enough to reach album number 14, let alone put out album number 14 and have anyone left to care.

Of course, the founders of grind have done this, and they might be 22 years older than they were on Scum, and the members might be different, but this album will still make you want to hit something just like you wanted to 22 years ago.

Doing a track by track would be senseless, as anyone who is going to listen to this knows what to expect in general. Instead, i'll go through and highlight the standout moments, and little touches that make this band great to this day.

Time Waits For No Slave will be instantly familiar to fans of Scum and any of the 12 albums in between then and now. It features lightning fast chug-chug-chug guitar, harsh, guttural, punishing growls, drumming that will make your ears explode, and bass that... is there a bass player? Oh i just heard him play a note at the end of the title track, so he's there in fine form.

Gone are the second-long ***-fits that fill up their early offerings, TWFNS actually has songs with structure, and most of them pass the 3-minute mark, and a few even approach 5-minute territory. This doesnt hurt the band at all, in fact it might just draw in a few new people and make the music more accessible.

Having longer songs doesnt make the music any less exhausting though. The second you pop the disc in you'll be punched in the face with a guitar riff, kicked in the stomach with a quick drum fill, and then your ears will be raped by classic bursts of Barney Greenway shouting indecipherable lyrics, and you'll continue to get the metaphorical *** kicked out of you for the remainder of the time. And thats just track number one.

The next tracks leading up to the title track will leave any Napalm fan stupidly happy, as the boys seem to have reached a level of musical skill that allows them to carry an undeniable grind song for upwards of 4 minutes, something that simply would not have worked without 22 years of musical refinement.

The title track is definitely a highlight, if there has to be just one. It leads off with a highly technical guitar riff, builds into shouting and then clean vocals are implemented. What?! Yes, indeed, a brief section of semi-melodic vocal work is present, but it quickly descends back into Napalm's comfort zone, and the listener is treated to some of the best guitar work on TWFNS.

The rest of the album flies by in what seems like a matter of seconds, and the second best track shows up here: Larceny Of The Heart. It features some of the best vocal work on the album with a guitar section that carries the track.

Napalm Death have been around since 1981. That's 28 years kids. Longer than some Sputnik users have been alive. And they STILL are putting out quality music that wont disappoint fans of older material, while fresh enough to draw in new fans.



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HenchmanOfSanta
June 7th 2009



1856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like this album a lot more now than when I heard it at the beginning of the year, but it's nowhere near 4.5 territory. It's a high 3 for me. Good review, however.

And WTF at the "members also liked" list?

Meatplow
June 7th 2009



5524 Comments


Excellent. I might check this out, I haven't heard any other Napalm Death but i'm always blasting From Enslavement To Obliteration.

Comatorium.
June 7th 2009



4101 Comments


Ha, i couldn't think of anything better. Its more of a ballpark area. A very large ballpark.

Wizard
June 7th 2009



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey, glad someone got around to doing this review. I have this album sitting in front of me but I have little time to pop it on. Will do probably tonight. As for the review, the content seems in tact. Not really a fan of small paragraphs but I guess there is no wrong way to go about structuring reviews (well, no paragraphs would be wrong hahahah). A vote for excellence in music taste.

Welcome to the site by the way.

Digging: Downer - Downer

combustion07
June 8th 2009



5343 Comments


This is one of the only really praised bands that I never really got around to checking into further than their essential album. I've got Scum I love it, but I've never been really interested enough to check out anything else from. Good review though, may be the push I need to check this out.

OllieS
June 8th 2009



2030 Comments


Good review.

mothergoose
June 8th 2009



308 Comments


As a fun contrast, listen to Mick Harris's project Lull. Is he even in Napalm Death anymore? I never got into the band enough to know for sure.

KYZAR
June 24th 2009



513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

got this, and i think its way better than the stuff theve done recently

Comatorium.
June 24th 2009



4101 Comments


ITs not scum, but its good.

FenixZero
August 2nd 2009



382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its better than scum. This is my album of the year for 2009 so far.

Meatplow
August 2nd 2009



5524 Comments


It's not scum? It's better then scum? What kind of compliment is that?

Wizard
August 2nd 2009



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This doesn't touch Scum with a 100 ft. pole you none elitists you.

Meatplow
August 2nd 2009



5524 Comments


i'm thinking of tackling Napalm Death's discography, wise idea?

scyther
August 2nd 2009



1606 Comments


This is like the grimiest band ever.

gaslightanthem
August 2nd 2009



5209 Comments


nah that's like roll deep

Wizard
August 2nd 2009



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm thinking of tackling Napalm Death's discography, wise idea?

Finally, someone is down for the challenge. Everything by them is worth checking out, especially Fear Emptiness Despair which is one of the most solid death/grind albums of all time.

Meatplow
August 2nd 2009



5524 Comments


i'll take note of that, thanks

FenixZero
August 3rd 2009



382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah. This band is pretty rediculous if you're into crazy extreme metal. Once you're done with this bands discography, try Cryptopsy (except for the album The Unspoken King, don't waste your time).

I'll still take this album over scum.

whackerinc
August 5th 2009



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

People who say it's better than Scum obviously are just plain ignorant of the space-time continuum. Without Scum, this album, me, you and every single grind/death band wouldn't exist.

But back to the album, this is a really solid album from start to finish. Gets a little repetitive but it's damn good for quick bursts.

Wizard
August 5th 2009



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's still better than Scum. Your opinion is just mass majority.



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