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Napalm Death
Time Waits For No Slave Toby Cook , February 11th, 2009 08:26

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"27 years of Grindcore ultra-violence, 27 years of being one of the hardest working, hardest touring bands on this miserable planet". So proclaims the bumf that accompanies Time Waits For No Slave, the fourteenth studio album from the legendary Napalm Death. It'd be hard to come up with a more apposite summing up of their career to date.

For nearly 30 years Napalm Death have been hammering out obscenely heavy, brutal grindcore by the truck load and its no surprise to find that Time Waits... is no deviation from the thundering convoy. Few bands have managed to stay so angry, so bloodthirsty and belligerent for so long - Slayer of course have managed it, but even the mighty Metallica went briefly mental and released the abysmal St. Anger.

Now before anyone pulls me up on this, yes, it is fair to say that '96's Diatribes and '98's Words From The Exit Wound are hardly 'must have' albums, and The Code Is Red... was rather too polished, but there are no such worries here, so lets move on because put simply, Time Waits For No Salve is awesome.

Right from Barney Greenway's opening guttural roar on 'Strong-arm' you know that you're in for a beautifully uncomfortable ride. Everything that is great about Napalm Death rears its head at some point on this record: Danny Herrera's apocalyptic drum work, Mitch Harris' furious, jarringly overdriven guitars and lest we forget the band's linchpin, Shane Embury, and his granite smashing bass.

Carnage would be an apt way to describe the majority of this LP - 'On The Brink Of Extinction', for example, contains a middle section that washes over you in a tsunami of distorted rage, leaving bloody shards of your skull in its wake, and the slow, bludgeoning opening to 'Life And Limb' proves that there is still nobody who does beat downs quite like Napalm Death do beat downs. Being that this is a review and not a message from the 'I love Napalm Death fan club' I feel compelled to point out that there are moments on Time Waits... that give cause for concern, namely, dare I even say it... singing. At first listen it appears fairly innocuous, but a careful study of 'Fallacy Domination' and I'm telling you, you can hear what sound like vocal harmonies, very, very low down in the mix.

But bollocks to it, it works and things soon get back on track - in fact by the time the classic thrash solo in 'A No-sided Argument' comes around, you'll have forgotten that you cared. Whilst we might wish for it, Napalm Death will never produce another Fear, Emptiness, Despair, or even another Enemy Of The Music Business, but so what. Time Waits For No Slave is pretty much as good as it gets.

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ivan drago
Oct 14, 2010 6:23pm

napalm death are everything the above article states... plus more. because i didnt hear a mention of the anti political stance and 'overall lack of confidence in society' within the lyrics that has always been a beneficial beauty to the cause.
Napalm do fu**in blast so hard that im about to get their logo tattooed on my left bicep. to go along with the morbid angel 'heresy' cover i have on that shoulder. who he also forgot to mention in that article along woth stayers slayer.
why even mention metallica?? not same scale not same league not same waste of breathe so talk about whats worthy instead yeah?
so i do have a slayer eagle from seasons on my right shoulder and a cradle ot filth buckle Tatt on that bicep.
speakin of who seem to have gone soft on their latest outing. fuckers. Godspped was cool.
do we have to bring metallica back into it again? sellouts.
like silverchair. sellouts.
cradle... sellouts.
so the article does correctly point out Napalms consistent hardness.
Bravo Napalm Bravo
i salute you and thankyou.

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Oct 14, 2010 6:55pm

In reply to ivan drago:

Toby just to finish off i did enjoy reading the piece you clearly have a greater understanding of Napalm than i do, i didnt know there was 14 studio albums i havent heard them all and i definitely would like to.
i wouldnt exactly put the word mighty infront of metallica tho.
its like why did i mention silverchair? because i heard a blackmarket demo pre frogstomp album many years ago that was good ozzy punk rock. and there was nothing wrong with that.. until they started making gay shit instead.


Back to the purity of Napalm, how can you have any other feeling than hatred for a global society that has no structure? dont get me started on the megolmaniacalmonopolisingcorporationgluttens.
there can be only hatred for such accutely poisoned corruption. and disdain. Napalm gives a sound of rebellion to the mundane. Abottoir's to the sheep. somebody has to do it i hope they got a few more years in em yet! man cannot help himself, and there is no god so good luck to you all.

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