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Utilitarian by Napalm Death
Released: Feb 2012
Label: Century Media
Closer to death metal in 2012 than to the grindcore they invented, Napalm Death avoid split-second snippets entirely here: These screeds almost all land between two and four minutes. Occasionally, the gratuitous wall of ugliness gets a brief rest -- eerie, crusty, gloomy spans like opener "Circumspect" and the midsection of "Fall on Their Swords." Elsewhere, there are some noises midway between munching and marching, a guitar squeal or two that suggest free-jazz sax, a possible Einstein reference and -- in the chorus of "Think Tank Trials" -- what sounds like an ogre growling "Tic! Tac! Toe!"
CHUCK EDDY
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