Napalm Death
Diatribes


2.5
average

Review

by Mackinlay McBride USER (7 Reviews)
December 14th, 2012 | 38 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A largely forgettable groove influenced album by the Godfathers of Grind.

Formed in 1981, Napalm Death is a legendary English extreme metal band. They are credited with defining the grindcore genre by incorporating elements of hardcore punk and death metal with short songs, fast tempos, deep guttural vocals and sociopolitical lyrics. The band’s first two albums Scum and From Enslavement to Obliteration are considered grindcore classics, and have proven to be extremely influential throughout the global metal community.

With vocalist Mark ‘’Barney’’ Greenaway joining in 1989, the band shifted towards a more death metal approach, with more longer and structured songs. Diatribes has been considered quite a controversial release by the band, splitting their fanbase with its mid-paced, groove inflicted death metal, and even some industrial inspired sections. The sound of the album could be compared to the likes of Machine Head and Sepultura.

Greenaway’s vocals are disappointingly straightforward and uninspired for the most part, however, some songs, such as the brilliant Greed Killing and Dogma feature some extremely powerful vocals, showing that when done right, the band lose none of their previous power. The same cannot be said for Cursed to Crawl, which features rapped vocals that sound completely out of place and bored. The song is also not helped by its generic and unmemorable plodding riff. Another example could be Cold Forgiveness, a mainly forgettable track with monotonous clean vocals and poor growls. It outstays its welcome rather quickly, and is yet another track where Barney sounds bored and lacks aggression.

There are very few compelling riffs on this album; they are largely generic, unmemorable and repetitive. However, credit must be given to Danny Herrera for an excellent drum performance, which manages to keep interest in the listener where the riffs fail. There is a heavier use of toms and less reliance on blastbeats. A highlight of Herrera’s performance would be the faster Placate, Sedate, Eradicate with it’s interesting fills. Shane Embury’s bass is quite solid when it is heard, yet it is largely inaudible for most of the album.

Overall, this album is far from a great one. It is one of Napalm Death’s weakest, however it does feature the brilliant Greed Killing, yet for every Greed Killing there is a Cursed to Crawl. The band, except for Herrera, largely sound bored throughout, with generic riffs and one of Barney’s weaker vocal performances. For the most part, Diatribes is a mostly forgettable album in a mostly great discography. Napalm Death produced two more groove-styled albums before going back to the grindcore influenced death metal of earlier Barney era albums. Average.



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KILL
December 14th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

its catchy but yea

YoYoMancuso
December 14th 2012


11081 Comments


alright review

Surtur
December 14th 2012


520 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I know it's not very long, and I admittedly didn't spend a lot of time on this one, but it needed a
review. Not really much to say about this one, just an average album. Any tips on improvement are
highly appreciated as always.

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KILL
December 14th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

review utopia banished bro

YoYoMancuso
December 14th 2012


11081 Comments


KILL I just read your Harmony Corruption review, you were a lot different 3 years ago

KILL
December 14th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yea that review sucks fucking dick but i keep it up in honour of my past self~

Surtur
December 14th 2012


520 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I probably will do that one, I just think I need to improve a bit more before my next review.

RiffOClock
December 14th 2012


1049 Comments


yea this is their worst and thats saying something

RiffOClock
December 14th 2012


1049 Comments


yea this is their worst and thats saying something

Surtur
December 14th 2012


520 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'd say that Words From The Exit Wound slightly edges it, but the three groovier albums are near enough equal.

KILL
December 14th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

nah their worst is prob yhe record after or the record after that

Surtur
December 14th 2012


520 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I still don't get what they were thinking with Cursed to Crawl, that was just awful. Luckily later ND rules.

KILL
December 14th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

enemy of the music business is their best later album or whatever

Surtur
December 14th 2012


520 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, I really love everything up to this one, and everything after WFTEW. I don't mind the groove albums, they just sound uninspired and generic. Breed To Breathe was great though.

ViperAces
December 14th 2012


12430 Comments


grind is the worst thing to happen to music basically

sixdegrees
December 14th 2012


17096 Comments


grind is the worst thing to happen to music basically

gtfo

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KILL
December 14th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

viper ur a false prophet gtfo

ViperAces
December 14th 2012


12430 Comments


after post hardcore yea

KILL
December 14th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

if you heard real post hardcore you wouldnt say that but sweet

ViperAces
December 14th 2012


12430 Comments


lol kill must be the first time i see you grammatically wrong



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