Napalm Death - _Breed To Breathe_
(Earache Records, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
The band's last effort, _Inside the Torn Apart_, where the single "Breed To Breathe" is from, was one of my favorite records of the year. The band was back with singer/growler Mark 'Barney' Greenway at the helm once again (after a brief stint in Extreme Noise Terror) and ND was back in action. The band's sound was strong, full of ferocity and moving towards a rather controlled state of experimentation, but still having a hearty and heavy death metal sound. But changes were happening and ND was losing much of its grind characteristics in the process. But, regardless of changes, the music on _ItTA_ was good and it looked as if the band, who many thought were losing momentum, had gained it back. I'm happy to say that this EP (which also includes a CD-ROM portion that has the banned video "Breed To Breathe") showcases ND's forward momentum as we head into 1998. Besides the CD-ROM and single "Breed To Breathe", this EP also has new material -- "All Intense Purposes", "Stranger Now", "Bled Dry" and "Time Will Come" -- as well as the the cover version of "Greed Killing" (from 1996's _Diatribes_) covered by demo cover version contest winners Impending Doom, from Pennsylvania. The new material sounds good, full of chunky riffs and powerful growls that echo rage and anguish. The music here, much like on the last effort, continues to show the metamorphosis that ND are going through as a band. And, from my observations, this band has regained interest in their music and the notion of sticking around for a few more LPs. I hope they don't go away any time soon 'cause this shit rules.

(article published 5/2/1997)

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