British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have re-signed with Century Media Records. The band’s as-yet-untitled 14th studio album was recorded earlier this year at Parlour Studio in Kettering, U.K. with longtime producer Russ Russell and is scheduled for release in early 2012.
Jens Prüter, head of AR at Century Media Records in Europe, states: “NAPALM DEATH is not only one of the most important and influential extreme metal bands, they are also a band that always raises their voice against social ills — and even against record companies (remember ‘Enemy Of Music Business’). Therefore I’m even more glad about NAPALM DEATH re-signing to Century Media for more great albums of intelligent and meaningful noise.
“Have you ever seen a weak NAPALM DEATH show? I haven’t, and I have seen them MANY times and will never get tired to see them again and again.
“Thanks to Mitch, Danny, Shane and Barney for their resilience and resistance — and a special thanks to Marc from M.A.D. for fighting on their side.”
Added NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway: “We’re very happy to be re-signing to Century Media. In fact, I think it’s the first time we’ve actually re-signed on a longer term deal with anybody since the days when we didn’t strictly know that we could be digging ourselves a big hole with labels…
“It’s important for NAPALM to stay with an independent and Century proved to us with their overall enthusiasm and attention that this is where we needed to be. There’s a perfect balance of getting the band out there in people’s faces whilst still understanding the point that not everything is acceptable or ‘ethical’ promotion. It’s more like working with friends who actually care, and who could argue with that?”
Renowned as one of the most reliable and hardest-working bands in extreme music, NAPALM DEATH is currently on the road all across Russia, will head over to Canada in October and has already confirmed appearances at the 2012 editions of the Wacken Open Air (Germany), Neurotic Deathfest (Netherlands) and Maryland Deathfest (USA) festivals.
NAPALM DEATH earlier in the year contributed a brand new track called “Legacy Was Yesterday” to Decibel magazine’s monthly flexi disc series. The song — the band’s first new material since 2009’s “Time Waits for No Slave” LP — was recorded at Rapture Audio with James Walford and mastered by Russ Russell.
“Time Waits For No Slave” entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 95. The CD, which was released in the U.S. in February 2009 via Century Media Records, was recorded with producer Russ Russell. Drums were tracked at Parlour Studios in Kettering and guitars, bass and vocals were done at Foel Studios in Wales. The band then returned to Parlour for the mixing sessions.