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Scum

Napalm Death

1987

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Scum

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2.08

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Brings back vivid memories of when me and my mate Ray went on a trip to Dresden. We met this rotund goth in a bar, head to toe with tattoos and piercings, real filth and after a while took her into the disabled bogs for a spit roast. We were both pumping away in her with Napalm Death on in the background and her wailing "MEIN GOTT" at the top of her lungs. I remember spaffing all over her back just as Siege of Power kicked in. As i shoot over her, she takes Ray's cock out of her gob and says "do you want fries with that?" in a faux American accent. Anyway, we go outside and there's this gammy little geezer in a wheelchair sitting there furious, giving me daggers, because he's had to wait so long, so I lean into him and I go "I hope you have as much fun in there as we just did you little cunt".

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The sound of a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs, in a good way.

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Brutal as fuck, and bold as hell. Brings to mind the sound effect for a car engine of a PS2 racing game revving mixed with a barking street dog. In a good way.

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At the time of writing this, Scum by Napalm Death is the lowest-rated album on this website. Which makes sense, in a way, because Grindcore is inherently inaccessible. The genre goes out of it's way to be heavier, faster, and more brutal than hardcore punk in every way, and Napalm Death is the exemplification of this. Yet, the production is so purposeful in what I hear. Riffs are distinguishable and blast beats keep time while the singer roars lyrics of anger and nihilism. It sounds heavy and loud without being messy. Maybe a little messy for stylistic purposes, but overall it's actually pretty good! Even fans of power metal should have a good grasp of this album. Songs are a lot shorter here so nothing overstays its welcome. You get some heavy riffage, maybe a verse-chorus, and then you're on to the next song. It plays pretty well. I'll discuss the weaker aspects of the album now. One of the downsides of the shorter songs is that they tend to come and go with little lasting power. You'd be hard pressed to match a song to a riff that you remember, so repeat listens are kind of needed for full absorption. Vocal also lose a little impact as their mostly unintelligible. They contribute more to vibes than anything. This album also features the renowned "shortest song on record" with "You Suffer" clocking in at 4 seconds. It's pretty good; blink and you'll miss it! It's worth noting that After "You Suffer", you get to side b of the album which actually has a differwent lineup. With the except of drummer Mick Harris, you get a whole new band on the back half. With this comes a whole new sound, leaning into a more guttural tone than the edgy tone of the first half. Either way you cut it, you need to be a certain kind of person to like Napalm Death, and I liked em! I'm going to point to the metalheads and ask those who didn't like it to try again. I think it's worthy of a spot of the list! God bless.

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What a bunch of cowardly pussies these lads are. Trying to act all tough, but we know you just crave your mother's loving teet.

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Pretty damn fun to listen to, but probably never again for me. I do really enjoy hearing these "proto-" and influential records of genres I'm unfamiliar that this list is littered with. This is one of the main reasons I'm here. Even if I'm giving it a lower rating, I'm still glad I heard this than yet another standard sounding 60's pop album this list is chock full of.

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This is the first band's album and the first grindcore album at all. It was released in 1987 by Earache Records. According to the Guinness World Records, their song "You Suffer" is the shortest song ever recorded, at only 1.316 seconds long. The band espouse anarchism, humanism, socialism and animal rights.

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Its early grindcore! I think its pretty alright 4 songs in. I wouldn't want to be at the show, but the album is a great showcase of the emergence of grindcore. I think a lot of people bitch and moan about how you cant hear what they are saying on most of the album but no one talks about how it makes them feel. Thats grindcore, an explosion of rage. Seige Of Power is a great track. Huge sonic difference A side and B side. A side is like a mad max car, B side is a lawnmower covered in underwater chainsaws. Dragnet is a good closer.

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Mental and a hell of a lot of fun. I laughed at the vocals while wanting to punch people in the throat. Absolutely class.

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Ok, so grindcore. Either you hate it, or you're at least a little damaged yourself. But there's a lot to appreciate here. I hate the vocals of this style, but otherwise it's clearly so influential. Musicians very skilled and precise. Anyway, glad I listened but I will not return to anything longer than the track "You Suffer."

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I’m a metal head and this is one of the worst things I’ve ever listened to.

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The only enjoyment I got from this was reading the review about the brothers in Dresden and their lovely and talented tattooed friend.

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Quite possibly the longest 33 minutes of my life. The only way I could get through this was to try to read the lyrics along with the incomprehensible grunts and howls of their vocalist, an exercise that had me in tears of laughter.

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I saw napalm death live once at a festival and pissed myself laughing the whole time. They even heckled bands playing on the other stages haha. Scum might be noisy shit but Christ it's preferable to yet another Beatles/beach boys/the who album. Just a shame the dickhead compiling this list chose their worst album instead of one of their sweet early 90s death metal ones. Come to think of it, there's no death metal on this list at all really. 5/5 because fuck the system or something.

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Nicht Napalms bestes Album eigentlich aber halt wohl der Klassiker ich gebe aber für den Algorithmus trotzdem ne 5 HA

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alle menschen müssten mehr grind hören die welt wäre ein besserer ort

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Absolute assault on the senses. Solid Stuff.

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Since I know that this album is the "worst" on the list according to the users, I was expecting something really bad, but I didn't find it. It's a strange experience? Sure, but it's not bad, it's just different. I'll give it 4 stars not because I really liked it (it's too much for my taste), but I believe that discovering this kind of thing, even when I don't like it, is one of my main objectives using this site (Electronic music does not count :-P). To list Beatles and Beach Boys again, I really don't need to use any site.

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Gritty thrashy death metal. A fun listen. I didn’t understand a single lyric.

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Really enjoyed this, though clearly it won't be to everyone's taste. Brutal, powerful, and its legacy and influence are completely understandable. Not something I'm likely to make an effort to listen to often, but happy to have it on in the background.

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Repetitive to say, but I can respect what this is about and how well that's done here, but it's not for me. I couldn't tell the supposedly very different tow sides apart. Tremendous cover art, and I do hate multinational corporations.

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A tough one to listen to while cooking dinner with the fam, so had a late night earphone session, kinda enjoyed the music at times... mostly the A side stuff with the earlier band lineup, the singer is clearly after adamant help from the Cookie Monster. A brave genre to introduce to the world in the 80s. How am I going to sleep after this?

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I do really like more recent albums of this genre. This is a very early prototype of it, so its a bit rough around the edges and doesn't benefit from modern production techniques. However I appreciate the influence of it

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Grindcore has always interested me more as a concept than as practiced. It's easy to get to innoculate oneself with noisy music such that the harshness is manageable (at least the harshness that gets recorded), but even after I reached that point I felt that the songs I heard were lacking. They still seem that way, but my mind has been changed about projects in this style. It's still not a song-oriented experience, but becomes something like free jazz in reverse: There are drumming similarities but the tendency is longness not shortness. One huge speed bump for the form is the need for context - lyrical, political, historical - to make it interesting enough to sit through. But Scum has some obvious musical aspects which improve it. Tunes poke their heads through the grime. The second half doubles down on the lack of recording quality but powers through it to the end. I think I'd prefer this on vinyl, all things considered, and in that it's similar to a slab of noise I have opposite Lingua Ignota songs. Listening to that whole record helps me think of noise as music, and I extend that thinking to this record.

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Love the driving & energetic guitar and drums. Not really a fan of the grunting vocals. Can definitely see this inspiring metal musicians everywhere. Not a bad album but probably not an album I'll listen to again.

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Zoinks! Well, this one certainly has a lot of energy. I'm not always tuned into when an artist is taking the piss out of something or going for something else, but it mostly doesn't matter. All that matters is one's own experience with the art. The playing is super-tight, and it surprisingly drew me in at times. There are elements of heavy metal I've heard, thrashy driving punk, and they have their own sort of screaming shrieking hyper-speed style. Even though it's stressful to listen to, and a lot of the songs sound pretty much identical to my untrained ear, I liked this more than I thought I would. Bully for this project for opening me up to such an incredible variety of music!

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Enjoyed this more than I expected. And evoked nights of waiting for the grindcore racket to stop on John Peel's show when he played this stuff. Thankfully the tracks were and are mercifully short. Not a genre I normally choose to listen to, but do love a bit of early Sabbath, and this was punchy and focused enough to work in the same way. Although the vocal style isn’t really doing it for me. However, I didn’t really notice that it was two different bands. Without much that I noticed in the way of dynamics (it seems to be start - make a noise - stop throughout) my attention had drifted by that point. So much so I got a few tracks into the random Spotify suggestions after the album before I realised it had ended. Interesting, and one I MIGHT revisit. Or not.

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Any band that opens an album with a song called Multinational Corporations can't be all bad. Unfortunately, the entirety of the song is just a squall of admittedly fun noise. The next few songs let us know what we're in for. Napalm Death is all about Black Sabbath inspired metal riffing blanketed in distortion accompanied by unintelligible growling, often played weally weally fwast. Now, some of the riffing is actually pretty cool, but I would enjoy it a lot more if I understood the lyrics. As it is, the vocals are nothing more than pure aggression and rage, and I don't find that very interesting. The songs are very short, which is a good thing for this sort of speed metal. It's kind of a shame. There's unrealized potential here. If the songs were just a little bit better, with less incoherent thrashing, and the vocals were a little more like Husker Du (screaming, but intelligible), Napalm Death would be a blast. As it is, I can't recommend this.

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It is some kind of evil algorithm that would give me Napalm Death immediately after giving me Curtis Mayfield. Okay, hey! I was fully expecting to hate it, but it's fine. Having been 16 when this album came out, it was probably pretty mind blowing at the time. I would not have been into it, but I would have respected it. Scum really doesn't deserve the title of worst reviewed album on this site, not by a long shot. But I can see how this album, this whole genre really, is going to be polarizing. Musically the album is pretty solid. Rhythm section is fierce, guitars are blistering. It's not for everyone, really it's not for most people. I don't love the guttural vocals, but I would say I prefer Nik Napalm's voice to Lee Dorrian's. The lyrics are pretty standard punk-thrash-metal lyrics. You know, power, fascism, conformity, corporate corruption, bleakness, etc. The things a certain type of disaffected young people have been moshing to for decades. The second half (the B-side) really accelerates and amps up from what you hear on the A-side. It's a little harder to listen to, if that's possible. This is very intense music that is hard on the ears. I'm giving it 2 stars, but really it's closer to a 3. One star deducted for the fact that now I have an earache. Fave songs: Siege of Power, Control, Born on Your Knees

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2 for effort and the sheer number of songs, none of which i can say i am taken by

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The beauty of 1,001 is that it exposes you to artists that you probably would never listen to in your lifetime. Good or bad, its always educational. The other day it was Frank Sinatra, today its Napalm Death. I have to give these guys credit for their commitment to the craft. They've certainly carved out a unique niche for themselves with grindcore. This was an absolute and brutal assault on the senses but that's their point innit? I'd love to meet someone who listens to this for recreational purposes though, just to understand what's going through their head.

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I know little about grindcore. I'd never listen to this voluntarily out of prejudice. But then I still play Crass records. I was quite intrigued by the two sides, two bands approach. Spotify messed this up slightly. Are there actually any coherent lyrics? A get up and go morning album. Not one for lovers late at night. Can't but help think there might be some melodies trying to break through.

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A bit much

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Horrific music.

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I tend to associate the more extreme forms of metal with a vocalist shrieking and making guttural noises while a guitarist and drummer produce a wall of atonal noise, like if Merzbow used acoustic instruments. For the first three minutes or so of this album, these guys proved me wrong, but for the rest of it they mostly proved me right. Best song: Instinct of Survival, because it had an actual melody and came before I tuned everything out.

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Hardcore metal, grindcore, uden melodi, voldsomt

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gives metal a bad name

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Je ne vois pas le but de cette album. Musique difficille a digerer meme si j’aime le metal. Ca se rapproche de rien vraiment que j’aime. J’imagine qu’il faut l’avoir ecouter dans sa vie pour voir ce qu’est ce style... 1*

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Erm... Worst album so far by a fair few acres 1*

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I'm not listening to this trash. I tried, for a minute or two, but I haven't done anything wrong to deserve such punishment. This album was released around the time I was getting into harder music, exploring metal and hard rock. It made me question everything, maybe I should just stick to the crap pop stuff. I'm sure it's only on this list as a reminder that other music can be really good.

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*sigh* I mean, there are some parts of the 🎵 music 🎵 that are good. Some. But I just can't on the vocals. I already hate growling style but this is just too much. I knew what I was getting into and yet still... That's two albums in two weeks that have really tried the commitment I made to actually listen to these all the way through.

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scum, /skəm/, noun. a layer of dirt or froth on the surface of a liquid. This album would more appropriately be included in a book of “1,001 Albums You Should Die Before You Listen To”. Why listen to heavy metal or hardcore punk when you can listen to grindcore, which combines the worst excesses of both genres? Guttural, Cookie Monster vocals? Check. Musicians that sound like they barely know how to play their instruments? Check. Jackhammer like drumming? Check. This is like if the Minutemen couldn’t play their instruments and grew up on Motörhead and Venom instead of CCR, Steely Dan and Van Halen. It’s barely over half an hour long but it feels double or triple that length because just about every song follows the same pattern: start out promisingly before devolving into the aforementioned jackhammer like drumming and Cookie Monster vocals. If this does anything effectively, it’s sound exactly like it’s album title would lead you to believe!

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First and last time I'm ever going to listen to grindcore. The music is... alright, but the vocals... oh boy. If I wanted to listen to growling I'd just sit in my lounge room listening to my dog growl at everything he sees outside the window. It's unfortunate that I have to actually rate it out of 5 stars because i wouldn't give it one if I could.

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This is tricky, because I have huge respect for any band that can cram 28 tracks into 33 minutes. I'm also convinced that Napalm Death have absolutely nailed whatever the hell it was they were trying to achieve here. Plus, I had a smile on my face throughout most of it, *particularly* enjoying You Suffer. Would probably be a great live experience, until my eardrums exploded. But then again, there aren't really even any decent riffs. Ultimately, it's a 1.5, or '1' for short. If not now, when...?!

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There is nothing positive I can say about this. It's terrible. Is there anyone on this earth that says to themselves "Boy I'm gonna put on some Napalm Death and get some shit done. Caught in a dream is my jam!" These dudes grew up without a mom. Man thank goodness for the expletive tag. I mean you can't hear shit anyway

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It takes an enormous amount of work, dedication, talent and drive to sound this utterly awful. I know it's meant to be a big loud noise, and people pour over the quality of certain guitar riffs/drumming pacing/bass scales, but I just don't care about any of it, because it's painful to listen to. Pretentious shit.

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It's cool, you know, if you like music bereft of melodies. I'm tempted to give them a 2nd star for keeping most of the songs under 2 mins. They're tight, no doubt about that. But, tight, does not music make. Every single vocal note is the exact same (regardless of key) and that gets straight up fucking monotonous. My guess is, if you asked them every song would be in the key of \"drop D\", but I'm not listening to it again just to figure that out. I wonder if putting the lyrics in the sleeve was ironic or not. Two chimps arguing over a baby and a cat would have an equally well thought out melody. The lyrics could quite possibly be the most poetic thing I've ever heard, but I'll never know cause you can't understand word one. Hilariously, they list backing vocals for this! In fact they list two for backing vocals! Does that mean there there are hidden three part harmonies? I think the best part of this band is that they are so bad that there are no original members. Not even the band members can stand to listen to it for long. This was just hard to listen to, but I did it. Felt like what I imagine a napalm death feels like. I'm sure that was the point. Not to create music, but to bludgeon the senses. I'd've much rather just listened to the music and throw the singer out with the bathwater.

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Love me some classic metal

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This album is great and definitely doesn't deserve to be the lowest rated album on this website. I liked the first half more than the second, but it was good all the way through. 4.5/5

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тоже классика, своего рода, на 4 у меня точно вытягивает

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I'm not a metal fan at all, but I dug this album. The vocals didn't do it for me (it sounds like random mumbling and grumbling), but the drumming and guitar is clearly expert and sounds fantastic. I don't think it's an album I'm coming back to again, but it's something I'm glad I heard once.

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Fantastic!

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E D G Y M E T A L H E A D B A N G E R S

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Kinda bangin

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At time novelty at time to be taken seriously - at times comical at times kick ass - good album - needs further listening

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A landmark album. I am a huge metal head but I can't listen to a great deal of grindcore. I prefer the longer songs, so especially the first half.

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28 tracks, 33 minutes, beastial roar vocals, and the heaviest music I've ever heard. The lyrics are undecipherable and there is no way the words claimed are coming out of the singers' mouths. I really shouldn't like this, but somehow it all comes together and creates an engaging and enjoyable listen that you can't help but bob your head to. The opening 12 tracks with the original vocalist are particularly enjoyable. It may be noisy, but it's a lot more than a noise. The songs have melody, tunes, emotion and meaning. There's no doubt this record delivers the band's artistic intent. 3.5/5

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the album that influenced an entirely new genre. Indecipherable grunting over the top of crunching metal. Not for everyone therefore. But...... gets my vote

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Not bad, but definitely not my thing.

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Good puck rock

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GROARRRRR! 33 Minuten kurzweiliger Schönklang. Eines kann man diesen Machwerk nicht nachsagen: Längen. Ich fühlte mich prächtig unterhalten. Wirklich wun-der-schön! 4 Sterne? Na, komm, sagen wir 3.

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I really enjoy acoustic folk music like this. I don’t think this deserves to be on the bottom of the list. There are many others I’ve heard that would be more appropriate. In fact, this album actually pretty fucking awesome to listen to in a way. It’s sonically dense. It’s hard as fuck. It’s pretty unique. I will revisit this one when the mood hits. There are a lot of days where this is exactly what you need.

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Metally. Has the silly you suffer on it.

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Funny

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Some really groovy stuff honestly. A bit of a slog, maybe cut out a few tracks. If you need this vibe, you got it fully here.

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Woah these guys were ahead of their time. But ouch my ears! Also, repetitive, but I guess that's part of the genre.

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i get so sad everytime the dude says "huefufufheuuheuhfuueehfueuehfueufhuhfue"

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Relentless...

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I'm largely skeptical towards extreme metal but this manages to come out the other end. I suppose the earlier an album is within a genre the more it's outside influences show.

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Högt tempo, låg energi

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Ya know, I don't mind this so much really. It is interesting to read about the politics, worldviews, etc of Napalm Death and grindcore as a whole, who Napalm Death are apparently credited with having a huge influence in its formulation. Also apparently "You Suffer" is the shortest song according to Guinness Book of World Records, the Spotify version is 3 secs longer, ha! Overall though, some interesting phrases but it's more of a statement piece than something I'd wanna listen to on my own, live would be interesting I'm sure...

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When you get into these sub genres of metal it kind of ends up sounding like a parody of itself. This certainly isn't so over the top so as to be unbearable, and there are instrumental moments I enjoy, but when they flip the switch and do the high-speed kick-drum thing with the bark/shout/growl vocals it just comes across as comical (at least the first 10 times they do it). And they do that gimmick so often it becomes tedious and even exhausting. If they just used that technique like once or twice per album it would come across much more powerfully. But when they do it all the time it's just constantly being jerked in different directions, which I'm sure is the desired effect in the mosh pit, but on record the effect wears off quickly. Aside from that, the music is fine by me. Never got into this type of nearly unintelligible, exaggerated vocal delivery though. Can't really take it seriously. I'm more of a stoner/doom/sludge kind of guy when it comes to metal. If all music genres had drug equivalents this would be meth metal.

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Classic bit was never really a Napalm Death fan

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Ik moet toegeven dat het de beste heavy metal is die ik heb gehoord

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Not exactly my cup of tea, but I can see the appeal in the right room. Includes the worlds shortest song, so well done for that...

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I didn't think I'd heard any Napalm Death, but I HAD. They are the band that my friend's sister metalhead friends used to listen to. And we would mock their sound, which is the most hilarious thing ever when you are a 14-year-old schoolgirl going "RAAAR RAAAR RAAAAAAGGGHHHH!!!" Also, this type of music is my go-to for awkward music that I think I would not enjoy listening to. But this beotch is only half and hour long and the tracks seldom bother 90 seconds a piece. It's surprisingly palatable!

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That was entertaining! Not an everyday listen, but totally anachronistic.

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Genre: Grindcore 3/5 This thing is a fucking blast and a total shitshow. An exercise in absolute brutal, metallic chaos. The guitars are thrashing, the drums are blasting, and the vocals are a mix of grunts, screams, and panic attacks. It's truly a sonic nightmare, and rips conventions of popular and modern music to complete shreds. But when these guys take the time to slow it down in between blasts, there are some kick-ass riffs, some truly nasty bass fills, and songs that sound, if massaged enough, like Megadeth or Metallica songs, especially on the first half of the album. Siege of Power, Polluted Minds, and Instinct of Survival are exercises in crazy, and are thoroughly enjoyable. If you like rock music, turn your brain off and give this a listen. It's a riot.

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3, not as bad as people say, just abrasive

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A real toe-tapper

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borderline un listenable

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Solid heavy metal offering

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3.7 - I enjoy this record as a tourist beholding an unfamiliar curiosity. "Golly, these locals sure have some strange customs! I didn't know the human voice was even capable of producing such sounds, no siree!" On a side note, I played "You Suffer" (the "song" that's famously 1.316 seconds long) for my 2 year old and 4 year old, and they were literally ROFL.

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Not as terrible as it’s made to be. There are two different lineups on each half, and I liked the first side more.

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Pedrada de hardcore.

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Rather silly, didn't do anything for me

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Like the instrumentals, but the grindcore vocal style just isn't for me.

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Not nearly as horrible as expected, given the fact that it's one of the ten lowest rated records. That being said, I mostly enjoyed the instrumentals. Sometimes they were too gritty, but that's nothing compared to the vocals.

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has merit, but it didnt sit right with me today.

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Seeing that there were 28 tracks in 33 minutes I knew I was in for something different, and that it definitely was

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Each song was a short angry carcophany. The guitar work and drums were good but honestly had no idea what the vocals were saying. I would have scored it higher if there was more variety in the songs but honestly by the end I could barely tell one song from another

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Most songs, shortest total album time - is that what this album is on the list for?

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Uma mistura de "putz, não tenho trocado hoje não" com "fala que nem gente porraaaa" Duas estrelas pela capa e alguns sonzinhos até que legais

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Grindcore? Nah.

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SCUM! not nearly as bad as i expected.

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Hard to listen to. Extremely influential. Some parts I quite like, but overall... meh. Don't even like death metal that much.

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Napalm Death ft. Randy from South Park on vocals This is the kind of music that if you tell people you like it they either think you're really smart or that you chew on bricks for living, no middle ground. +1 star for being from the West Midlands

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Not really a fan of the vocals, but some of the riffs are interesting. I also wish the songs were longer and a little more dynamic. I understand why this album is important, but it's not my cup of napalm.

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Grindcore en la seva expressió primigènia. Entenc que més que per les seves qualitats intrínsiques, l'"essencialitat" d''Scum' ve per la seva irrupció, en plena època de Whitneys Houstons, Madonnas i Geroge Michaels, amb el seu so atronador i la seva violència sense paliatius. Recordo la trascendencialitat de quan va sortir i la seva influència posterior... però mai m'ha semblat un disc per disfrutar de la seva escolta, sincerament

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wow does that drummer like to use those cymbals.....singing hilarious

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Seriously impressive metal riffs and drum work but the vocals were insurmountable, in my opinion. Album would have been fun without lyrics but i found the muffled yelling and in later tracks screaming to be distracting and then punishing.

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The song "Scum" is the best thing on the album. The rest is difficult to enjoy. The music is good, the singing/screaming/barking is bad. I give it 2/5 for the music, 0/5 for the screaming. 2/5

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Points for consistency. I feel like they both created grindcore and brought it to its logical conclusion. This is so fucking annoying to listen to by the end.

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I got some enjoyment from this in fleeting moments, mainly the occasional decent guitar riff or baseline. But is all a bit of a mess really. Even the guitar sound is annoyingly fuzzy and the drumming is frenetic to the point of losing any sense of rhythm or purpose. I much of it is borderline unlistenable - but I guess that’s the point

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I was expecting to despise it but I’ve heard worse

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Not really my thing.

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4/10

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Better than I was expecting? Definitely not my cup of tea but I did find my head nodding along in time at a few points. Side A is definitely more my speed, feels like just very heavy punk rock/metal, whereas Side B leans more into the noise and deliberately low audio quality. I don't think, by any means, I'll be seeking out any more Napalm Death to listen to. But I think there was something these guys were trying to do and they achieved it, even if that thing isn't something I like.

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Good thing I listened to the full dynamic range version or I wouldn't have been able to understand a word he said.

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Not my thing. It does sound surprisingly modern for being from the 80s though.

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This was a good album to listen to on the treadmill and that is the one and only time it will ever be played. Grindcore is in no way something I’d ever choose to listen to and I got no enjoyment from it, but I’d still rather listen to that than some of the new wave albums that have come across this list.

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grindcore is a genre that is just not for my sensibilities, made it 127 seconds before confirming this album isn't for me, pass.

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Literally never listened to anything like this in my life. The vocals I cannot take seriously, but musically it is interesting.

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Fuck that noise.

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this is terrible

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Well, I don't really like death metal. The fucking weird mouth noises and repetitive guitar riffs didn't sound good to me. Some of the drumming is nuts and I have no idea how the album would be played live with that kind of drumming, but it did make the album that much better for me. Favorite songs Caught..In A Dream and M.A.D. 2/8.

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nope. not for me

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Not my type of music at all. Can normally find something within it I like, but not in this case.

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Snel opgegeven

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This album is a reason why metal gets a bad reputation. I say this as someone who likes metal.

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Wondering when I’d get this. Lives up to its worst rating. Holy bad.

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As soon as there were parts of a song I began to enjoy they ruined it with inaudible vocals and nightmarish riffs great if you wanna terrify children not so great for pretty much anything else .5/5

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I dont think napalm death will ever be something i like. Blastbeat isnt "lit"

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Mierda inaudible

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Dios mío cómo te podía gustar el grindcore...

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Ostres, a mi el grindcore m'atabala. No l'he pogut escoltar sencer. No és lo meu...

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omg

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Death metal making my ears bleed

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Not nearly as good as I expected. Which was bad.

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I actually like the music. God knows what the singing is though. First song sounds like he is barking like a dog.

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Utter cack

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NEJ.

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Nope.

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disgusting

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Couldn’t finish it. I’m not a fan at all of this type of heavy music.

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SHIT, ABSOLUTE SHIT

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The profound and thought-provoking artistry of songs like "The Kill" and especially "You Suffer" left me physically yearning for more. My only regret is that I can never go back and experience it again for the first time. But alas we cannot be melancholy that it has passed, only thankful that we were able to be blessed with this masterpiece at all. The rabid Chihuahua on "success?" Was a nice surprise though!

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Yikes

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meeeh

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Ever wanted to know what a metal band would sound like if fronted by an angry dog that knows a little English? This is it. But it's not as cute as it sounds. Very raw album. Not for me.

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Hard nope. Could not finish this listen. Call it bad mastering, call it lack of melody, call it what you will. It’s all cymbals and drum noise covering up someone wailing on a guitar and screaming. This is not music. It’s noise.

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Blast-beat growl fest. Fast, loud, and poor sound quality. I can see influences from this on bands like System of a Down, but this is pretty close to unlistenable.

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Couldn't get through it, not sure how people do it

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Yeah, nah.

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Pojat löys rumpusetin ja pisti epileptikon kyytiin 1/5

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Grindcore definitely isn't my thing.

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Nope. Not a fan. Some of the music kind of rocks, but the vocals are just awful.

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1.0

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Bah.

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Decent enough guitar work ruined by someone who fundamentally doesn't understand what drums are and the guttural screams of someone with bad heartburn over top of it.

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Algo fallo en Spotify y cuando le daba play escuchaba puro ruido bien culero, una estrella por fallas técnicas.

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The Spotify description refers to the band's "eye opening sociopolitical lyrical commentary". Can't say I was able to piece together a single sentence though. I try to find something to like in all music and, whilst I did enjoy the absolute hammering of the bass drum, I struggled with this one. It started to give me heart palpitations about three-quarters into it. I'm giving 1 star as it's not for me. Not convinced real thrash metal fans truly like this music either - they're surely just pretending so that they can be part of the scene, no?

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Noise for the sake of noise, lacks intelligence and every track sounds identical lacking any ideas. This genre can be challenging but this album is unlistenable and offers no reward

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For reference: if I dropped silverware into my garbage disposal at the same time my dog started barking, I would give that 5 stars compared with these jokers. But on the bright side...they didn't have to actually write lyrics, and props to the vocalist for not bursting out laughing at the absurdity of it all.

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Poor production. First half is better than the 2nd...

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Absolute garbage. -10 stars.

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It's easy to see how this gets the lowest listener rating on 1001. It's hard to imagine anything worse.

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so bad

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Ah, a nice, relaxing album for a bucolic Sunday morning. Subtle and nuanced, with clear inspiration from traditional classical and gospel, and perhaps even some folk or country influence. Incredibly serene and beautiful. Seriously though, the best thing about this album is that it's only 33 minutes long. I actually think I could have died without hearing this album, but now I have heard it so we’ll never know. 1 star.

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Uniformly rubbish

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Kinda heavy and atrocious, like It should be. Poorly produced.

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Oh boy. I hated this! It didn't even sound like songs! I think this is a subculture that I simply don't get.

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Every so often one comes across an album where it would seem that commercial success was not the goal. Every so often one comes across an album that looks for commercial success by not trying to be a commercial success. Napalm Death could be either one of those, and this review does not presume those as being their actual intentions. "Scum" is anti-establishment, it is full of social and political commentary, it is the epitome of the genre that seems to find an audience with angsty anarchists. Thing is, no one knows their political or social cues quite immediately at their shows, or from their music. Perhaps in a moment of actual intelligible speech, there is a hint of messaging, and for this genre that would be more than enough, stop the talking and start the rocking. A listener would have to find them, and often after the fact. Truth be told, "Scum" is a well executed metal album, if not the pioneer of aggressive drums, muddled electric, mumble-grumble-growl-shriek driven by an equally aggressive bass. It is as advertised, though, and for this audience the dirtier, the less polished, the less appeasing the better. The title track "Scum" starts that slow and rhythmic buildup, the type where the mosh pit is a gentle wave pool ebbing and flowing before suddenly going above 160bpm and obliterating any sense of safe swells. That is what the song does, it is easily the most 'fun' song on the album. This is a terrible album, and perhaps it was meant to be. Perhaps this is supposed to be the art in its most unrestrained presentation, and that is actually okay.

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I wreszcie doczekalem sie Scuma, wiec chyba najnizej ocenianego albumu generatora wedlug rankingu popularnosci, tym razem zgodze sie z opinia wiekszosci, ze jest to material z gatunku tych gdzie posluchac mozna ironicznie, ale jesli rozwazasz kontemplacje na trzezwo, to cos jest z toba nie tak, plyta jest debiutanckim krazkiem bandy napalm death pochodzacej z wyspiarskich west midlandsow, az jestem ciekaw co pan ukladacz listy odnotowal w ksiazce na temat tego albumu, bo czegos tak niszowego jeszcze nie grali, a przeciez juz przewijal sie junkyard z australii, ale przynajmniej czlowiek poznal nowy gatunek, mianowicie grindcore, bedacy fuzja ciezkiego metalu z hardkorowym punkiem, birac z obu najbardziej hardkorowe elementy i tworzy z nich radio friendly piosenki dla calej rodziny, na tym 33 minutowym albumie upchnieto 28 trakow, wiec srednia dlugosc utworow to okolo minuty, ale przy takim charataniu gitarowo drumowym przyprawionym calkowicie niezrozumialymi wokalami growlowanymi sprawia wrazenie metnej calosci, ktora moglaby byc nagrana za jednym razem, wiec nie mam pojecia o czym traktuje lirycznie, co posmialem z growlowania w stylu kaczora donalda to moje, ale drugi raz bym chyba sie nie zmusil do przesluchania tej plyty, podobno pierwsza i druga strone graja dwa rozne sklady muzykow, jedynie drumy sa stale, ale jakos tego nie slychac, bo poza momentami jak tytulowy scum czy siege of power muzykowanie zamiena sie w zwykla napierdalanke, jak w speed metalu, tylko zamiast precyzji i wymyslnych kompozycji jest chaos, ktory moglby byc motywem swietnym przewodnim nagrania

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Never judge a book by its cover unless that book is titled Scum by Napalm Death. Fuck.

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A Painful listen, one I wouldn’t do again or recommend anyone else I know try. One positive is the songs are very short. I kinda get why it’s in the book from pioneering grindcore, but maybe some genres should have never been pioneered…

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Nah thanks 2/10

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Han synge som ein karakter fra South Park som eg ikkje huske navnet på. Dette va bare bråkete greier.

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Not for me

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I tried to listen but could only take a few songs.

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I’m just not interested in metal

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Inescuchable

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28 canciones en 33 minutos que parecen 3 horas y 3 minutos. Ruido. Malos dentro del death metal. Un dolor.

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vapid.

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Atrocious. That this is considered a classic of any kind blows my mind. Angry, venomous messy noise.

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I usually have a high tolerance for most hardcore, as some of it has some substance and marginal musicianship to it, but this "grindcore" or extremely metal or whatever Napalm Death's genre is, really tests my patience. I guess this is what nightmares sound like with it's comical dog barks that pass for vocals and the speed and ridiculousness of the songs makes me wonder why I must hear this before I die? If I cranked this up, I'm sure the neighbors would call the cops and I might be induced to go on a killing spree.

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