The fathers of grindcore, Napalm Death pushed the envelope of metal to new extremes
of ear-splitting intensity, rejecting all notions of melody, subtlety, and good taste to forge
a brand of sonic assault almost frightening in its merciless brutality. Formed in Birmingham,
England in 1982, they trafficked in the usual heavy metal fare for the first few years of their
existence, but by the middle of the decade they began to expand their horizons by
incorporating elements of hardcore and thrash into the mix; ultimately, Napalm Death’s
sonic experiments evolved into a blistering mutation of metal that they dubbed grindcore,
a kind of extremist noise attack characterized by incredibly brief song lengths, demonic
vocals, and eye-opening sociopolitical lyrical commentary.
Japanese noise rock band Melt-Banana found success in the U.S. and the U.K., gaining
a small but dedicated fan base among American and European punk rock fans. Although
their music sounds noticeably different from any sort of traditional punk, it contains some
punk elements: shrieking vocals, overdriven guitars, and one-and-a-half-minute songs.
Melt-Banana’s unique style, however, comes as a result of the distinctly piercing vocals of
lead singer Yasuko O., as well as the frenzied, effect-charged playing of guitarist Agata.
Searing, intense, and mind-blowingly fast are perhaps the first adjectives that come to mind
when listening to Melt-Banana’s music.
Try to imagine and even more energetic incarnation of the Boredoms.
These two hardcore and punk icons have teamed up to release a split 7″ as a Record
Store Day Exclusive for Black Friday.
-Both just finished a sold out 35 date US tour with the Melvins
-Napalm Death starts a 21 city Fall US tour beginning Nov. 1 – Nov. 21
-Includes an insert with lyrics!
Side A: Napalm Death
1.Like Piss to a Sting
2.Where the Barren in Fertile
Side B: Melt-Banana
1.Killer Garden in the Bottle
Format: 7″ vinyl
Release date: 11/25/16
RSD Black Friday 2016 Exclusive