In a recent interview with "The Bludgeoning" podcast, vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway of British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH was asked if the modern political climate makes it harder or easier for him to write music. "I couldn't tell you it's harder or easier," he responded (hear audio below). "It's the same. I know there's a lot of stuff that's a little bit exaggerated now with the Trump phenomenon, things do tend to a bit theatrical and it kind of makes things sound a bit… But it's never been any different, really. You think back down the years all the stuff that's been going on. It's really no different. Trump's a bit more audacious and a bit more Mr. Theater. It's actually like a stage play, this whole thing. Of course, I find some of his off-the-cuff disregard for other human beings fucking despicable, but at the same time, it's dressed up in this theatrical thing. So that's almost a diversion, because it actually distracts you from some of the real stuff that's going on, like conflicts of interests. Like him being a president and basically his own business interests being intermingled… And I don't get… That's what flabbergasts me — that that just alone hasn't already led to impeachment."
Greenway recently told Metal Underground that "most of the music" has been completed for NAPALM DEATH's follow-up to the 2015 album "Apex Predator - Easy Meat". "I've been working on vocals," he said. "I'm more or less halfway through. So there's a bit more to do. But, of course, then we've gotta look at things like artwork and all the various things."
Last summer, NAPALM DEATH supported SLAYER on the second U.S. leg of the latter band's final world tour. The 20-date trek featured additional support from LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX and TESTAMENT.
NAPALM DEATH released a special 2CD, 2LP and digital-download compilation titled "Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs" in March 2018 via Century Media Records. This special collection includes a total of 31 songs with a playing time of over 90 minutes, compiling rarities and exclusive earworms spanning 2004-2016.