The first in a series of four clips in which vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway of British/American grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH explains the lyrics and meaning behind each and every song on the band’s new album, “Utilitarian”, can be seen below. The six-minute video covers the instrumental opening track “Circumspect”, as well as “Errors In The Signal”, “Everyday Pox” and “Protection Racket”.
NAPALM DEATH will release its 14th studio album (excluding the cover album “Leaders Not Followers”), “Utilitarian”, 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.
In anticipation of this release, the band has now launched an “Occupy Napalm” Facebook tab to show their support for the Occupy movement and to provide fans with the latest news about their politically-charged “Utilitarian”. With downloadable Occupy-themed stencils and screensavers, plus a special video teaser for “Utilitarian” created by Mitch Harris (guitar, vocals), this Facebook tab is the place to go for everything NAPALM DEATH!
“Utilitarian” track listing
02. Errors In The Signals
03. Everyday Pox
04. Protection Racket
05. The Wolf I Feed
07. Fall On Their Swords
08. Collision Course
09. Orders Of Magnitude
10. Think Tank Trials
11. Blank Look About Face
12. Leper Colony
13. Nom De Guerre
14. Analysis Paralysis
15. Opposite Repellent
16. A Gag Reflex
17. Aim Without An Aim (bonus track)
18. Everything In Mono (bonus track)
Upon “Utilitarian”‘s release, NAPALM DEATH‘s limited-edition “Analysis Paralysis” seen-inch EP will also be available for purchase at CM Distro in black and clear vinyl. Its B-side includes the exclusive track “Youth Offender”, making this a very collectable piece for any diehard NAPALM DEATH fan.
Greenway explains the album title and concept: “After some deliberation, we have decided on ‘Utilitarian’ as the album title. We generally try to avoid generic titles, and this seemed to have a lot of scope to it. I won’t explain the full meaning of utilitarianism here because it’s an ethical theory, and as ethical theories go, the depth and debate around it is quite heavy at times. It has a certain ‘morality’ aspect to it and that isn’t something that drives me, so I also certainly have issues with it.”
“So, rather than just nail that straight to the mast, of course we wanted to put our own spin on it by suggesting that those (i.e. the utilitarian in us, perhaps) who try to challenge everything, or fight against conventions, well, we go through periods of real self-doubt where we wonder if we’re really making a difference. I suppose the conclusion is that, for the sake of all our freedoms, you should never stop, as even the feeling of resistance is at least a signal to those who would like to entirely control and dominate us — meaning everything from our instinctive behavior to our human entitlement to walk the earth unprovoked.
“Regarding the album overall, the final creases should be ironed out fairly soon, and immediately after that, we thought it would be good to top it off with a few U.K. dates. We’ve been playing one new song (‘Quarantined’) out on a tour of Canada and it’s been well received, so we hope to perhaps throw in another one for now. Either way, we’ll be bouncing off the walls again near you very soon.”
Fan-filmed video footage of NAPALM DEATH performing two new songs — “Analysis Paralysis” and “Quarantined” — on January 27 at the Vortex club in Siegen, Germany can be seen below.
“Utilitarian” track-by-track – part 1:
“Analysis Paralysis” performance: