Vice magazine recently launched an online channel for its Noisey music brand, described as “a video-driven music discovery platform, documenting the most talented emerging musicians… bands and music scenes from over 10 countries.”
The driving force behind Noisey is the desire to give local music scenes an international audience and “music lovers the opportunity to discover great bands.”
One of the featured channels is “You Review” where the Noisey crew “sources music reviews from actual humans instead of boring music snobs (bodega owners, bankers, firemen, whatever!).”
In the two-minute clip called “Drag Queens and Death Metal” (see below), Noisey visited the infamous “Tranny Shack” at Madame JoJo’s in London and asked some drag queens what they thought of NAPALM DEATH‘s song “Analysis Paralysis”, taken from the band’s latest album, “Utilitarian”.
“Utilitarian” sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 14 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
NAPALM DEATH‘s previous album, 2009’s “Time Waits For No Slave”, opened with around 1,800 units to land at No. 19 on the Heatseekers chart.
“Utilitarian” was released on February 27 in Europe and February 28 in North America via the band’s longtime partner, Century Media Records. The cover artwork (see below) perfectly fits the album’s theme and was created by the Danish artist Frode Sylthe, who is also responsible for THE HAUNTED‘s “rEVOLVEr” artwork.
The “Analysis Paralysis” video can be seen below. The clip was shot and edited by the band’s own guitarist, Mitch Harris, who has his own unique underground style and manages perfectly to capture the energy, hate and sheer power of NAPALM DEATH‘s songs.