British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have finished recording "Smear Campaign", their highly anticipated follow-up to last year's "The Code Is Red…Long Live the Code". A preview of the album is available for streaming at this location (Real Media).
Reporting on the Foel Studios recording sessions, vocalist Barney Greenway said, "We just spent a few weeks again in the studio in Wales where we recorded 'The Code...', which was obviously such a good experience that we decided to return. Whilst we were not trying to compete with 'Code...', or make the same album again, it has to be said that 'Smear Campaign' sounds twice as immense. We didn't fuck around getting the songs together but somehow 'Smear Campaign' seems to come across as a more in-depth experience.
"It was very cool that Anneke from THE GATHERING offered to sing on the album. It's really funny, because we never would have thought about having guest vocals before the 'The Code...' but every vocalist worked well with the song they contributed to. Anneke's style is clearly very different to that of, for example, Jello Biafra but what she does totally enhances the experience. It sounds pretty spooky.
"Lyrics: I guess people know about the album title now but to give a brief explanation the general thread is actually a question asking why exactly we need religion to give us a basis on how to run our lives. Can we not be trusted as human beings to make our own decisions? This applies in my eyes to everything from Christianity to Paganism to Satanism. Surely the world would be more peaceful without religious restrictions and all this false morality!"
Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Rabid Wolves (For Christ)", "In Deference", "Atheist Runt", "When All Is Said and Done", "Sink Fast, Let Go", "Shattered Existence", "Fatalist", and "Call That An Option?" "Smear Campaign"'s European release is slated for September 18 (one day later in North America).
Having completed the new album, NAPALM DEATH will be hitting some European summer festivals delivering a dose of utter violent grindcore intensity onstage.
Upcoming NAPALM DEATH shows:
Jun. 29 - Masnou El Mansou (E) @ In The Beach
Jun. 30 - Roitzschjora (D) @ With Full Force Festval www.withfullforce.de
Jul. 01 - Vigo M Trento (I) @ Metalparty Festival
Jul. 02 - Cuneo (I) @ Nuvolari Fest
Jul. 03 - Roma (I) @ Forte Prenestino
Jul. 05 - Porto Torres (I) @ Campo Sportivo
Jul. 06 - Palermo (I) @ Bier Garten
Jul. 07 - Cologne-BS (I) @ Grind Your Mother III
Aug. 12 - Prague (CZ) @ Brutal Assault Festival
Aug. 14 - Szczytno (PL) @ Hunterfestival
Aug. 26 - Kavarna (PL) @ Thrash Til Death Festival