British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH recently entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2012's "Utilitarian" for a late 2014 release. The band has posted the following update on its Facebook page: "First night done laying some more drum tracks down for the new NAPALM DEATH album. A different approach than the last record with different recording sessions. Some of the songs are worked out, and some songs we are going for a more spontaneous approach to see where it takes us, but so far we are getting some cool dynamics in drum tones and songs, which will ultimately lead to a more diverse and crazy-sounding album. It's looking good so far."
Fan-fimed video footage of NAPALM DEATH performing a brand new song, "Dear Slum Landlord", on April 10 at the Roadburn festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands can be seen below.
NAPALM DEATH last year took part in Decibel magazine's second annual national tour alongside the preeminent gore institution CANNIBAL CORPSE and New York death metal stalwarts IMMOLATION.
"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, 2012 in Europe and February 28, 2012 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.