Napalm Death – Diatribes/The Greed Killing/Bootlegged In Japan set

Posted: September 16, 2011 by kingcrimsonprog in Metal, Metal - Studio, Music Reviews

Napalm Death - Diatribes/The Greed Killing/Bootlegged In Japan set

Napalm Death - Diatribes/The Greed Killing/Bootlegged In Japan set

This release contains Napalm Death’s Diatribes, The Greed Killing EP and the live album from that period, Bootlegged In Japan. At the time, Diatribes alienated and confused Napalm Death fans by going in a completely different direction by adding tones, chords and effects that the band had never used before and people were quick to abandon ship at the change in style.

The passage of time has been kind to Diatribes however, the album has not dated badly at all. Barney’s voice sounds terrific and the production is a lot clearer and easy to listen to than you’d expect.

Admittedly they did change their style considerably, but songs like ‘Ripe For The Breaking,’ and ‘Dogma,’ are interesting and well written. The album also the extremely catchy lead single ‘Greed Killing,’ which is still in the set list all these years later.

The Greed Killing EP is less necessary on its own merits, but just think of it as a few bonus tracks to go along with Diatribes.

Finally, we come to Bootlegged In Japan. The track listing is great and contains a wide mix of Napalm material, similarly good is the performance from the musicians. Unfortunately where the album loses quality is in the live vocals and production departments. The sound is pretty poor to be perfectly honest and I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend you Bootlegged In Japan as an individual product as a result of this.

Overall, as a way to get a handle on Napalm Death’s experimental albums, this set is a great buy. This obviously isn’t the go-to point for new listeners, but is a great way to delve deeper once you have become a fan. Basically, if you are ready to check out Diatribes, this collection serves as a sort of comprehensive special edition of that album, with b sides from the time (Greed Killing EP) and live material from the time (Bootlegged In Japan)

So, for Napalm Death fans willing to take the plunge and try something a little different, don’t rule this out.

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