British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Smear Campaign", due on September 19 via Century Media Records (one day earlier inernationally). The follow-up to last year's "The Code Is Red…Long Live the Code" was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales, England and features a guest appearance by THE GATHERING frontwoman Anneke van Giersbergen.
"Smear Campaign" track listing:
01. Weltschmerz (1:28)
02. Sink Fast, Let Go (3:23)
03. Fatalist (2:51)
04. Puritanical Punishment Beating (3:26)
05. Well All Is Said and Done (3:01)
06. Freedom Is the Wage of Sin (3:09)
07. In Deference (3:14)
08. Short Lived (3:06)
09. Identity Crisis (2:44)
10. Shattered Existence (3:11)
11. Eyes Right Out (3:12)
12. Warped Beyond Logic (2:00)
13. Rabid Wolves (For Christ) (1:24)
14. Deaf and Dumbstruck (2:46)
15. Persona Nongrata (2:47)
16. Smear Campaign (3:20)
Vocalist Barney Greenway had previously stated about the new album, "It was very cool that Anneke from THE GATHERING offered to sing on the album. It's really funny, because we never would have thought about having guest vocals before the 'The Code...' but every vocalist worked well with the song they contributed to. Anneke's style is clearly very different to that of, for example, Jello Biafra but what she does totally enhances the experience. It sounds pretty spooky.
"Lyrics: I guess people know about the album title now but to give a brief explanation the general thread is actually a question asking why exactly we need religion to give us a basis on how to run our lives. Can we not be trusted as human beings to make our own decisions? This applies in my eyes to everything from Christianity to Paganism to Satanism. Surely the world would be more peaceful without religious restrictions and all this false morality!"
NAPALM DEATH will be teaming up with HATEBREED, EXODUS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DESPISED ICON and FIRST BLOOD for a North American tour beginning in early September.