British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH will release 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 will include a total of 31 songs with a playing time of over 90 minutes, compiling rarities and exclusive earworms spanning 2004-2016 from the whirling gene pool of noise that is NAPALM DEATH. The release's cover artwork, created by longtime visual partner Frode Sylthe, can be seen below.
NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury recently took the time to check in with a status report while currently on the road in Spain: "Today we start our 13-date tour of the North Peninsula! It's been a busy, busy year as ever, but great to wind it all up here with some of our craziest and most passionate fans.
"We can't believe how much we have achieved in support of the 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' album over the past couple of years. It's very inspiring for me and something I was very conscious of as we compiled the tracks for the upcoming compilation album of rarities and covers which encompass 'Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs'.
"I hope that everyone will enjoy what we have put together! There are some hidden gems, for sure, on this double album release and it was a lot of fun going through the songs.
"The new year will be bringing more shows and some more new songs recorded in the studio towards album 16, so it's systems go! As some of my best buddies say: grindcore is for life, kids... not just for Christmas!"
NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway recently told Metal Wani that guitarist Mitch Harris, who has been taking a leave of absence from the band since late 2014 to focus on his family life, will "most likely" play on the group's next album.
Harris took an indefinite break in the fall of 2014 to tend to a family situation and Wikipedia initially wrongly scrubbed him from the band roster. He has since been temporarily replaced by John Cooke (CORRUPT MORAL ALTAR).
"Apex Predator - Easy Meat" was released in January 2015 via Century Media Records.