Resentment Is Always Siesmic - A Final Throw of Throes by Napalm DeathRelease date: February 11, 2022
Label: Century Media
Napalm Death have quite a reputation for their uncompromising, heavy music, and it was great to hear that on their previous 16th album Throes of Joy In The Jaws of Defeatism, they hadn’t lost any of their extremities of creation. An album of intense political diatribes, and extreme music, it continued to set the band as top of chain of those making heavy music. Not that they would ever want to be seen as anything so much resembling a survival of the fittest scenario, but their longevity certainly proves some sort of tenacity.
Resentment is Always Seismic – A Final Throw of Throes gathers together the remaining tracks left over from those previous sessions, and puts them together on a mini-album. Clocking in at just 29 minutes, it’s a reminder of the brevity of grindcore albums, with its short length allowing for a more intense rush of noise. It also allows them to stretch out on a cover of Slab’s ‘People Pie’, which is one of the more unusual Napalm Death tracks you’ll hear.
Elsewhere, it’s business as usual as the music throws you right back against the wall and positively roars in your face. You wouldn’t expect anything less by now, and its testament to the band that they still manage to sound so vital after all these years. They are a world away from their beginnings with Scum but also remain very close to the spirit that drove that initial blast of mayhem.
You don‘t so much as listen to a Napalm Death as experience it and on a track such as ‘Man Bites Dogged’, you absolutely feel that roar from Barney as Embury’s bass and Herrera’s drums pummel you into submission. It’s good to know that in the face of so much change in the world these days, the band have remained a constant throughout, and whilst the band members may change, the fire remains. Resentment may come across as the final throws but the music within is far from the dying embers. It’s a cathartic, ferocious reminder that Napalm Death refuse to show any signs of slowing down.