NAPALM DEATH Releases Music Video For New Song 'Amoral'
August 21, 2020
U.K. grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH will release their new studio album, "Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism", on September 18 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2015's "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" was again recorded with longtime producer Russ Russell and features artwork by Frode Sylthe.
The official music video for the second single off "Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism", a song called "Amoral", can be seen below. The clip was created by Michael Panduro.
NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway commented: "A good shout to work once again with Michael Panduro, as he really adapts his style video to video rather than just using a singular approach. We delight in a generous helping of the absurd, so for one thing, the footage of children seemingly at play but displaying signs of systemic obedience really propels Shane's [Embury, bass] lyrical thrust of our default powerlessness within the pecking order. As sonics go, I think it's post-punk as fuck and grooves massively and accordingly."
Greenway stated about the upcoming album and its theme: "The phrase sticking in my mind when I started thinking about the lyrical direction for this album was 'the other.' You could recognize at the time that there was a rapidly growing fear and paranoia being generated about everybody, from migrating people to people with fluid sexuality and this was starting to manifest itself in very antagonistic reactions that you felt were almost verging on violence. Not everybody resorts to such reactions, of course, but even the basic lack of understanding can become toxic over time. I'm not saying that this is an entirely new phenomenon, but it has been stoked in recent history by some particularly attack-minded people in more political circles and, as ever, I felt that it would be the natural antidote to endorse basic humanity and solidarity with all.
"The artwork specifically uses a white dove as a centerpiece, which, of course, is a commonly recognized symbol of peace and cooperation. The dove has been mauled very violently by a sterilizing hand and in death appears particularly broken and bloodied. However, through the violence you can see an equality symbol in blood on the chest of the dove, which perhaps demonstrates — visually at least — that equality cuts through in the end. A positive amidst many negatives then, much like the album title itself being a bit of an oxymoron — the celebration of humanity even in the mangling jaws of negativity."
Regarding the LP's musical direction, Greenway told Kerrang! magazine: "I've definitely done some stuff on this album vocally that I've never done to this degree before. We're heading into the noise-rock territory, loosely. SWANS, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, THE YOUNG GODS — we're heading more down that path. But there's some more traditional, fast, chaotic stuff as well. Again, as long as it's aggressive, confrontational, abrasive, even when it's less full-pelt, it's always NAPALM DEATH."
01. Fuck The Factoid 02. Backlash Just Because 03. That Curse Of Being In Thrall 04. Contagion 05. Joie De Ne Pas Vivre 06. Invigorating Clutch 07. Zero Gravitas Chamber 08. Fluxing Of The Muscle 09. Amoral 10. Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism 11. Acting In Gouged Faith 12. A Bellyful Of Salt And Spleen
NAPALM DEATH is (from left to right in photo)
* Shane Embury - Bass reverberations, barks and moans, noise-testing everyday objects * Mark "Barney" Greenway - Bawling, shrieking, intermittent baritone * Danny Herrera - Turbulent beat throes