October 11, 2017
Extreme times demand extreme responses.
After successful runs in the USA and Europe, the intemperate Napalm Death and BRUJERIA conglomerate were heading south to run riot on terra australis.
Headlining the line-up was none other than Napalm Death. One of the most influential acts in the history of heavy metal, and considered by all, as the fathers of grindcore, Fifteen albums in, and Napalm Death are in no way, shape or form of slowing down.
They entered my world with their split 7” with Japanese act S.O.B. and have been a constant companion.
Finally after more than 25 years, I got to witness the herb drenched Brujeria storm a stage. Walking along the border of death and grindcore, Brujeria are a Mexican street-level exercise in performance art, with frightening dramatic effect as well as dark satire.
Napalm Death has always been an interesting and subversive animal and their latest emission, Apex Predator – Easy Meat does not disappoint. Based on a foundation of their trademarked speed charged grindcore, peppered with the right amount of dirge core and thematically centred on the horror of industrialised slave labour in the modern world, the band’s 15th studio album revels in the perversity of such compassionate and humane lyrical ideas being tethered to music that seeks to leave real scars while the message is one of peace, love and looking out for one another – heavy topics set to heavy music without lacking the occasional indication of a sense of humour.
In a live environment Napalm Death remains a crushing force that excels and exceeds what is presented in recorded form. The diverse set comprised of new songs alongside crowd favourites was received adequately by the local aficionados on a school night that reveled in being battered.
An evening that cemented Napalm Death’s relevance.
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