Over the weekend: Napalm Death at Marquis Theater
Napalm Death photo by Tom Murphy (click to enlarge)
An eerie, ambient patch of music filled the room as Napalm Death took the stage, but it wasn't long before Napalm launched into "Strong-Arm" to start off the show with a blast of the act's classic grindcore sound. There was little relenting throughout the set even when Barney Greenway engaged the crowd in righteous between-song banter. Most of the songs came from the early part of Napalm's career as well as some prime cuts from Time Waits For No Slave. With an unbelievable intensity, this foursome re-established its reputation as one of the heaviest, fastest and musically savage bands of all time.
Throughout the set Greenway performed as though he didn't have complete control of his body, and Mitch Harris' vocals sounded like a wild and dangerous feline. Inside an hour, Napalm churned out at least 21 songs including "Suffer the Children," "Scum," "You Suffer," "Life and Limb," "The Kill," "Time Waits for No Slave," "From Enslavement to Obliteration," "Mass Appeal Madness," "It's a Man's World," "On the Brink of Extinction," and a cover of the Dead Kennedys' classic, "Nazi Punks Fuck Off." The set finished with the mind-shearing dynamics of "Siege of Power." Saturday's show will go down as one of the most powerful performances by any band that I've seen.
Personal Bias: Napalm Death recently became one of my favorite bands.
Random Detail: Shane Embury played through a Tech-21 SansAmp instead of a conventional amp.
By the Way: The merch from all the bands at this show was reasonably priced.
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