On November 1, vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway of British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH was interviewed by Denise Falzon in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the latest episode of Exclaim! TV's "Aggressive Tendencies" series. Greenway discussed the lyrical message behind the band's latest studio album, "Utilitarian", and how people have been reacting to the record; being a member of NAPALM DEATH for over two decades and how he never expected it to last this long; and how it feels to be considered one of the most influential grindcore bands of all time. You can watch the chat below.
NAPALM DEATH is currently taking part in a North American coheadlining tour with MUNICIPAL WASTE. The five-week trek also features EXHUMED as support, plus VEKTOR, DAYGLO ABORTIONS, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT and SPEEDWOLF on select dates. During the tour, NAPALM DEATH is selling t-shirts designed by artist Sean Taggart (CRUMBSUCKERS, AGNOSTIC FRONT).
"Utilitarian" sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 14 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
NAPALM DEATH's previous album, 2009's "Time Waits For No Slave", opened with around 1,800 units to land at No. 19 on the Heatseekers chart.
"Utilitarian" was released on February 27 in Europe and February 28 in North America via the band's longtime partner, Century Media Records. The cover artwork perfectly fits the album's theme and was created by the Danish artist Frode Sylthe, who is also responsible for THE HAUNTED's "rEVOLVEr" artwork.