Napalm Death-Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism

I think we may have a winner for album/album title/album cover that captures the spirit of 2020 perfectly. It seems fitting that Napalm Death would be the band that accomplishes this feat.

Honestly, this album presents a bit of a dichotomy. On the one hand, it’s subject matter is bleak as fuck. Barney Greenway remains one of the most pointed and vitriolic lyricists going today and the present endtimes have given him plenty of material in which to issue some scathing polemics. On the other hand, musically this album is about as accessible as Napalm gets. I really feel that this would be a great album to use as an introduction to the Napalm Death curious. There are quite a few songs on here that hover in that mid-tempo groove and are almost pop-oriented in their structure. Shit, there are quite a few songs on here that are downright danceable.

It’s always nice to see a band this far into their career pull out what feels like a very relevant and timely release. It doesn’t feel like the dudes of Napalm have lost a bit of their fire or spite. The world is a better place for it.

4 flip flops out of 5

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