After a successful run of dates all across Europe including shows with HATEBREED and THE EXPLOITED, British grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH have announced two very special projects that have been in the works recently.
First of all and as of today, NAPALM DEATH are launching a special cover song of the track "To Go Off And Things" by the CARDIACS via their Bandcamp site as charity download.
NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury checked in to comment as follows: "Since I was blessed with being introduced to CARDIACS way back in 1986, they have been one of my favorite bands of all time! Getting to meet and become friends with Tim Smith, the musical genius behind it all, over the years was an added bonus. Tim always struck me as a person with a massive heart, who had a very pure and innocent view of the world in which we live in — something I totally related to, as the world can be a dark place — he radiated happiness. We shared many fun and elaborate conversations after CARDIACS shows in the early '90s and I loved every minute of every conversation with him. I could go on and on for hours about how amazing his music is and the immense influence it has had on my life but suffice to say this cover of 'To Go Off And Things' that we have recorded is in tribute to the brilliance that is Tim Smith. It is the least we can do for a man who has given us so much.
"Tim has, unfortunately, been severely unwell for a few years now, and we hope with this recording made available to everyone for download on our Bandcamp site for only £1 (you can pay more if your heart so desires!) we can help raise some money to go towards Tim's rehabilitation!
"We hope you like our version of the song and find it in your heart to donate something towards such a worthy cause."
In other news, NAPALM DEATH has announced the release of a limited and exclusive vinyl 12-inch EP entitled "Our Pain Is Their Power" to commemorate its very special Roadburn festival appearance on April 10.
The Roadburn-only vinyl releases have become a tradition over the last few years. Proceedings started in 2012 with the VOIVOD "Live At Roadburn 2011" LP and the ULVER "Roadburn" EP, followed last year by DREAD SOVEREIGN's "Pray To The Devil In Man" EP and the GODFLESH live "Streetcleaner" set. This year is no exception, and Roadburn once more presents a special release for you: In conjunction with the special live set concentrating on the slower, painful, dirgy elements of NAPALM DEATH at this year's festival, Roadburn will release NAPALM DEATH's "Our Pain Is Their Power" EP to commemorate their appearance at Roadburn 2014 on Thursday, April 10.
NAPALM DEATH's "Our Pain Is Their Power" EP collects those slower tracks that drip with sonic anguish from the last few albums onto one EP in a one-time run of 500 copies, to be sold at the Roadburn festival 2014.
The track listing is as follows:
01. Persona Non Grata
02. Smear Campaign
03. Atheist Runt
02. Our Pain Is Their Power
03. Weltschmerz (Extended Apocalyptic Power)
NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway checked in as follows about the release: "I think it's fair to say that live and on album NAPALM DEATH has always had more of an emphasis on a bare bones approach — just hit the 'go button' and it should all just about stay on the rails. However, there are other layers to the band and recently we've been in situations with more potential to pluck those from our repertoire. So, this EP gives you a significant flavor of that — as will the live performance. Although the music isn't entirely identical, I feel the moroseness and sheer desperate bludgeon of early SWANS is a big factor for us in creating this different type of mood. Hopefully we can emulate that kind of power."