Napalm Death // “Resentment is Always Seismic – a final throw of Throes” // Album Review
“Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism” was one of my favourite Napalm Death albums to date. And it still baffles me how a band with such a 40+ year legacy can still write albums that are pushing their sound forward & breaking boundaries to the present day.
“Resentment is Always Seismic – a final throw of Throes” is just that, the final chapter of the “Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism” album sessions. 8 tracks, 2 covers & a remix by bassist Shane Embury’s alter ego Dark Sky Burial.
“Narcissus” the opening track is pure Napalm Death. The thunderous barrage that is Shane Embury’s bass tone echoes before the band unleash their chaotic sonic assault. The always fantastic vocal dynamic from Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway is firing on all cylinders just like the band’s last album. Somehow even more brutal & ear-piercing than when he joined the band!
Melding the abrasive signature sound that is Napalm Death with the experimental sounds of bands like Swans & Sonic Youth is still here within this mini-album. But like in the band’s previous album they are able to craft songs that work so well as a structure & arent jarring to the listener. Still, the ever-changing band’s sound but also harnessed and focused.
The follow-up, “Resentment Always Simmers” hauntingly opens with Barney’s single vocal. “Flaunt your resentment…” echoing over and over while Danny Herreras drums thump & thunder underneath in a hypnotic manner. This whole track has a very drone feel, even reminding me of Godflesh & Author & Punisher.
Halfway through the track the guitars blast through and elevate the track to a faster pace but still keeping the drone & monotone element continuous. If you enjoyed “A Bellyful of Salt and Spleen” from the band’s last album then this track will scratch that itch.
“People Pie” is the first cover on the release. Originally by SLAB! this track is phenomenal.
I will be honest and tell you I’ve not heard the original. And I don’t need to…..
The band’s cover & engineering of this track is simply imaginative.
This is by far the best cover the band has recorded to date. A mix of KMFDM & BAUHAUS.
The juxtaposition of Barney’s vocals interlaced with a female vocalist on the track is just something I’ve never heard before & it’s something on paper that might not work but yet again Napalm Death show they can’t be kept within a box. This track is a must-hear & I hope they can someday play this cover live!
“Man Bites Dogged” sees the band strip it back, in a very raw, thrash like sound pummelled throughout this track, it might be over four minutes in length but it doesn’t stick around. A non-stop audio assault on the senses this one.
Closing out the release is Shane Embury’s solo project Dark Sky Burial with a reimagining within the track “Resentment is Always Seismic”.
If you’ve had a chance to hear Shanes projects you know he is one of the best in creating some of the most prolific soundscapes & harsh music journeys & this track is no different. Not only is the track already a drone filled masterpiece as I mentioned earlier. But Shane is able to twist the track even more into a sea of audio agony & celestial.
“Resentment is Always Seismic – a final throw of Throes” is a perfect final curtain on the Throes era for the band & a great little release to keep the hungry Napalm Death fans satiated until the next monumental full album.
Resentment is Always Seismic – a final throw of Throes is out via Century Media on February 11th, 2022
2. Resentment Always Simmers
3. By Proxy
4. People Pie
5. Man Bites Dogged
6. Slaver Through a Repeat Performance
7. Don’t Need It (01:05)
8. Resentment is Always Seismic (Dark Sky Burial Dirge)