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Napalm Death - Scum



7.7 | 277 votes |
Release date: 1 July 1987
Style: Grindcore

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01. Multinational Corporations
02. Instinct Of Survival
03. The Kill
04. Scum
05. Caught In A Dream
06. Polluted Minds
07. Sacrificed
08. Stage Of Power
09. Control
10. Born On Your Knees
11. Human Garbage
12. You Suffer
13. Life?
14. Prison Without Walls
15. Point Of No Return
16. Negative Approach
17. Success?
18. Deceiver
19. C.S.
20. Parasites
21. Pseudo Youth
22. Divine Death
23. As The Machine Rolls On
24. Common Enemy
25. Moral Crusade
26. Stigmatized
27. M.A.D.
28. Dragnet

Line-up
Nicholas "Nik Napalm" Bullen - vocals, bass (tracks 1-12)
Justin Karl Michael Broadrick - guitars (tracks 1-12)
Michael John "Mick" Harris - drums
Lee Dorrian - vocals (tracks 13-28)
Bill Steer - guitars (tracks 13-28)
Jim Whiteley - bass (tracks 13-28)

Staff review by
Herzebeth
Rating:
8.4
Classic Monster of Earache Records, Highly Recommended

1987 was the year of Grindcore according to some experts; bands like Agathocles, Extreme Noise Terror and Carcass were haunting the scene with some Demos and EP's by then; but there was a band that was already smothering some ears with a Full Length CD called simply "Scum", a band so tense and so ahead of its time that scared the living *Bleep Noise* out of your parents, and even the people that called themselves "Extreme" in those days had to breathe for a second and say "What the Hell was that?". The name ladies and gentleman, is Napalm Death .

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published 02.09.2006 | Comments (13)

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25.02.2014 - 20:49
pkillerjp

Written by pojechany on 27.06.2012 at 13:35

Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.06.2012 at 05:27

Written by pojechany on 26.06.2012 at 23:06
Is there some band that i can better start with?

Not sure if you want grindcore suggestions or deathcore suggestions. :s


grindcore



Brutal Truth- Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses is a very great grind core album to start with. It's their classic debut, and it mixes pure grind with a bit of slower death paced stuff, the song writing is also catchy and their vocalist is wayyy better than what you hear on Scum.
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05.03.2014 - 20:04
pkillerjp

Written by deadone on 26.02.2014 at 00:27

Nasum had some good stuff as did Pig Destroyer.

Napalm Death is actually best tackled from their later discography. Their early stuff certainly isn't up to my tastes (hence I sold it all for $3 a CD).



I actually like the first 2, because the goal was to obliterate everything in it's path and they succeed, and with repeated listens the giant thick riffs really start to stand out..however, they did get very interesting again with the newer releases--particularly The Code is Red and after... I can't really stomach any of the mid career experimental period.
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05.03.2014 - 20:15
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Written by deadone on 26.02.2014 at 00:27

Napalm Death is actually best tackled from their later discography. Their early stuff certainly isn't up to my tastes (hence I sold it all for $3 a CD).

This. Their early stuff (grind or death) is just dull, and You Suffer is the only memorable song on here.

Stuff like The Code Is Red, Smear Campaign and Utilitarian... now that is good ND.
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17.01.2019 - 11:40
Rating: 8
Paw!!

Anarchism and noisy.
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31.01.2020 - 00:12
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01.02.2022 - 21:49
Rating: 6
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Randomly played this today and after all these years I still don't know what to make of this album, it's just bizarre, and at times ridiculous, referring to songs like "You Suffer", but it does make really damn good headbanging music, and I really like it for that. But the best thing this album is for is playing it really loud to neighbours who piss you off.
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02.02.2022 - 11:30
gavdann

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 01.02.2022 at 21:49

Randomly played this today and after all these years I still don't know what to make of this album, it's just bizarre, and at times ridiculous, referring to songs like "You Suffer", but it does make really damn good headbanging music, and I really like it for that. But the best thing this album is for is playing it really loud to neighbours who piss you off.

I saw these several times in the late 80's, often with local favourites Extreme Noise Terror.
I really don't remember much of those gigs though, as we were always so drunk!

Admittedly it's a looooooooooong time since I listened to it but I wouldn't really have described Scum as headbanging music. It's nihilistic, chaotic and ferocious but it doesn't have much of a groove to headbang along with.
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02.02.2022 - 11:58
Rating: 6
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by gavdann on 02.02.2022 at 11:30

I saw these several times in the late 80's, often with local favourites Extreme Noise Terror.
I really don't remember much of those gigs though, as we were always so drunk!

Admittedly it's a looooooooooong time since I listened to it but I wouldn't really have described Scum as headbanging music. It's nihilistic, chaotic and ferocious but it doesn't have much of a groove to headbang along with.

From what I've been told they are mental live, so I suppose it's more head exploding music, rather than headbanging
Unfortunately I wasn't around in the 80's so I missed out on alot of bands in their prime I would of loved to have experienced these metal bands when they were fresh on the scene.
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02.02.2022 - 15:41
gavdann

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 02.02.2022 at 11:58

Written by gavdann on 02.02.2022 at 11:30

I saw these several times in the late 80's, often with local favourites Extreme Noise Terror.
I really don't remember much of those gigs though, as we were always so drunk!

Admittedly it's a looooooooooong time since I listened to it but I wouldn't really have described Scum as headbanging music. It's nihilistic, chaotic and ferocious but it doesn't have much of a groove to headbang along with.

From what I've been told they are mental live, so I suppose it's more head exploding music, rather than headbanging
Unfortunately I wasn't around in the 80's so I missed out on alot of bands in their prime I would of loved to have experienced these metal bands when they were fresh on the scene.

I would have loved to have been two or three years older. My first gigs were towards the end of '88 so I missed the '86 peak of thrash and Cliff Burton era 'tallica by just a couple. Not going to complain too much though. Clash of the Titans tours, Slayer, Sep and Megadeth all @ Hammersmith Odeon (separately) stick out.

Gutted I never got to see Celtic Frost. The one chance I had in 1989 was on the Cold Lake tour and well... ahem... we all know about that album. Destruction supported though so I should have gone.

I got in to Nirvana and grunge not long after (like a lot of metal heads at the time), so stopped going to metal gigs altogether around '91. Missed out entirely on the peak death metal era.
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02.02.2022 - 17:30
Rating: 6
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by gavdann on 02.02.2022 at 15:41

I would have loved to have been two or three years older. My first gigs were towards the end of '88 so I missed the '86 peak of thrash and Cliff Burton era 'tallica by just a couple. Not going to complain too much though. Clash of the Titans tours, Slayer, Sep and Megadeth all @ Hammersmith Odeon (separately) stick out.

Gutted I never got to see Celtic Frost. The one chance I had in 1989 was on the Cold Lake tour and well... ahem... we all know about that album. Destruction supported though so I should have gone.

I got in to Nirvana and grunge not long after (like a lot of metal heads at the time), so stopped going to metal gigs altogether around '91. Missed out entirely on the peak death metal era.

Metal had certainly changed by the time I was growing up, unfortunately I had just missed out on the grunge scene, although the legacy of Nirvana was still going strong at that point, it was all about the nu/alternative metal scene around that time, so most metalheads my age were listening to Slipknot, Korn, Linkin Park, and Limp Bizkit, all of which were bands I never really got into.

Instead I preferred to listen to 70's hard rock and 80's metal, eventually leading me to black metal then death metal, but I would rarely listen to bands that were around at that time. So nowadays I'm still playing catch-up.
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22.03.2022 - 11:22
Rating: 9
Dylan 1974

Remember when these guys first bounced on to the scene - people didn't know what to make of them. We fell into 2 camps: the first worshiped them as harbingers of a new anarchic form of extreme music; others saw them as a complete joke. At the time I definitely fell in line with the latter group - I thought they were fucking hilarious - but in recent years I have started to see how important they were to the development of modern extreme metal and punk. This album is incredible if you have the ability to open your mind to what they're actually trying to achieve here.
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