Napalm Death
Fear, Emptiness, Despair


5.0
classic

Review

by Smell The Cheese USER (17 Reviews)
September 10th, 2009 | 40 replies | 13,215 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fear, Emptiness, Despair is amongst the finest death/grind hybrids of all time if not the best.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Fear, Emptiness, Despair is one of those rare albums that come along every once in a while and completely consume you with its overwhelming weight. Indeed, it could be said that Napalm Death are one of those rare bands that come along every once in a while and completely consume you with their overwhelming weight, it would no short order to say that the Birmingham quartet helped to revolutionise extreme music with their sheer heaviness. No, i'm not just saying they are fat. Lets have a look at Fear, Emptiness, Despair.

Napalm Death are famous for inventing grindcore, a fusion of punk and metal in a cacophonic mix which was unheard of at the time of their first release Scum. It followed with From Enslavement To Obliteration, possibly the greatest grind release ever recorded to date after the genre became a bit of a running joke then the band decided to focus their attention on dull straight death metal with Harmony Corruption which many saw as a sellout. After this they slowly focused on becoming a straight death/grind hybrid with Utopia Banished and ultimately, what I would consider one of the many pinnacles of their career in Fear, Emptiness, Despair.

Fear, Emptiness, Despair is everything you could want from a death/grindcore hybrid. It's uncompromising attitude in Barney's lyrics and screaming to the buzzsaw guitars and pounding drums is just oozing anger, and from the get-go with Twist The Knife (Slowly) it does not let up. The speed isn't particularly frenetic in comparison to the earlier days but it makes up for it with a characteristic weight it is difficult to hear in another band. The real fruits are rewarded by listening closely to the technicality of the musicianship as every riff and rhythmic chug just feels right, the drums are spot-on and the bass is mixed well (which is notoriously lacking in most metal bands). Each song is fairly indistinguishable from one another at first, but it's all gravy once you train yourself to listen to it right.

Fear, Emptiness, Despair is amongst the finest death/grind hybrids of all time if not the best. Napalm Death is certainly one of the best metal bands of all time, and whilst almost none of their releases slack this stands above a number of them.



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KILL
September 10th 2009



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i've wanted this for a long time but always forget! good review

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Willie
Moderator
September 10th 2009



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I can't really get into grind, though. I do like the ND's cover of the Dead Kennedys song "Nazi Punks Fuck Off".

Have you ever heard of Disharmonic Orchestra? They're really good grind, or at least the one album they did that wasn't weird crap was good grind

Willie
Moderator
September 10th 2009



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The band is Disharmonic Orchestra and their only good album is "Expositionsprophylaxe". If you find some free time, it's worth looking into (and it doesn't have a review ;)).

FadeToBlack
September 10th 2009



10913 Comments


props for reviewing this, such a good album

KILL
February 4th 2010



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

prob my fav ND album now omg

Pyosisified
December 10th 2010



2450 Comments


lol

kangaroopoo
December 12th 2010



3175 Comments


great rollocking album, Hung yeah

KILL
December 12th 2010



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey whats funny

Pyosisified
December 12th 2010



2450 Comments


one of their worst albums but w/e enjoy your watered down groove grind lolol. band has only like 3 good albums anyway

KILL
December 12th 2010



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

elitist

Pyosisified
December 12th 2010



2450 Comments


band is fucking mallcore, no elitism needed

kangaroopoo
December 12th 2010



3175 Comments


w/e it is, this still rules. Pig d, nasum and napalm for me

'smear campaign + time waits for no slave' awesome albums too


Pyosisified
December 12th 2010



2450 Comments


time waits for no slave is the worst of their "new albums" (starting with order of the leech)

smear campaign is pretty ugh but def better than this

kangaroopoo
December 12th 2010



3175 Comments


you must have hated their 3 albums between 'fear... + leech'

to me a lot of the tracks off smear + slave are Barney's heaviest, just love 'eyes right out'

Pyosisified
December 12th 2010



2450 Comments


actually i hate everything from fear onward lol

KILL
December 12th 2010



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you suck then

TRACE OF FILTH TO BE SCRAPED OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pyosisified
December 12th 2010



2450 Comments


Album Rating: 4.5

funny

KILL
December 12th 2010



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea its really funny haha lol crazy stuff hahaha

Pyosisified
December 12th 2010



2450 Comments


k

KILL
December 12th 2010



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

DOWNWARDS!!!!!!!!



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