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Release Date: 27th February 2012

Daryl Soar

daryl soar

After 30 years the band are yet to discover the meaning of the word compromise. If 'Utilitarian' is in any way less intense or more commercial than any of the band's previous offerings then I fail to see how it could be true.

napalm death utilitarian

On first listen everything seems extreme and unyielding. The cookie monster style vocals are, when possible, made more ferocious by multi-tracking and the addition of distortion and FX. What could be merely over the top is rendered multifaceted and richly complex.

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Unlike other Metal acts where the drums might beat out a discernible rhythm from a tempest of guitar riffs, Napalm Death are content to continue with yet another blast beat or snare fill rather akin to being smashed in the face with a jack hammer. The guitar riffs are frantic and relentless. At times it doesn't even appear as if a cursory notion is being paid to musical content.

All good news for established fans.

So why buy this album? Well the melodic droning slow intro gives a little insight into the pleasures that lie beneath the ferocious torrents of the first listen. In fact, by about track ten of the 16, some of the subtleties are beginning to reveal themselves.

Track five, 'The Wolf I Feed', has some great catchy riff work even though lashings of Heavy Metal superglue are used to join the parts into a single cohesive song.

'Blank Look About Face' is a great song. Far from something you could call sing-a-long, it does have a more obvious groove and manages to infect your brain with a tune you struggle to hum. There are some backing vocals that remind me of Gregorian chants and even a little clean guitar work to add depth.

As I've listened to the album, the rhythms within rhythms have revealed themselves. The songs have become more obviously discrete and varied. The pace is relentless but unlike something less extreme I have not felt the need to come up for air.

Everything I've needed has been right there in the songs.




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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