The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that UK grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
Napalm Deathâ€™s origins stretch right back to 1982 when the band was formed near Birmingham by the duo of Nic Bullen and Miles Ratledge. Although the early line-ups gigged locally and recorded various demos, it wasnâ€™t until 1986 that Napalm Death - by then featuring Bullen alongside Justin Broadrick (later of Godflesh and Jesu) and Mick Harris (later of Scorn) â€“ arrived at the high-speed, high-intensity sound with which they would take the music world by storm. â€˜Scumâ€™ â€“ the bandâ€™s debut album â€“ appeared in 1987 and was compiled from recordings of both the Bullen/Broadrick/Harris line-up and of the new look band which then featured Bill Steer on guitar and Lee Dorrian on vocals. This â€˜classicâ€™ line-up was completed by the recruitment of bassist Shane Embury who joined just prior to a tour in support of â€˜Scumâ€™. â€˜From Enslavement To Obliterationâ€™ followed in 1988 and continued the bandâ€™s whirlwind grindcore assault, albeit with improved production, but the subsequent EP â€˜Mentally Murderedâ€™ â€“ although one of the best things recorded by any Napalm Death line-up â€“ heralded the departure of both Steer and Dorrian who went on to fame with Carcass and Cathedral respectively. The pair were replaced by guitarist Jesse Pintado and vocalist Mark â€˜Barneyâ€™ Greenway.
After taking part in record label Earacheâ€™s â€˜Grindcrusherâ€™ tour alongside Carcass, Bolt Thrower and Morbid Angel, the band added second guitarist Mitch Harris. The twin guitar capability saw the band change their sound to a predominantly death metal style on â€˜Harmony Corruptionâ€™, a change which foreshadowed much of their future career which saw them blend grindcore and death metal styles in varying degrees. The following years brought continuing success to Napalm Death, despite the departure of Mick Harris, the untimely death of Jesse Pintado and controversial experiments such as â€˜Fear, Emptiness, Despairâ€™, and in recent times, albums such as â€˜The Code Is Red... Long Live The Codeâ€™ and their most recent effort â€˜Smear Campaignâ€™ have proved their ability to get back to basics with some serious blast-beat laden grind. A new album is expected soon.
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NAPALM DEATH â€“ The Fast And The Furious - BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008