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Napalm Death Premiere “A Bellyful Of Salt And Spleen”, Delay U.S. Vinyl Release Of New Album


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Napalm Death‘s sixteenth studio album “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism” won’t be out for a few more weeks, but the band have just shared yet another single from it. Below you can stream the track “A Bellyful Of Salt And Spleen” ahead of the album’s September 18th release.

Napalm Death frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway has commented of the below music video for it, which was directed by Sam Edwards & Khaled Lowe of A-Side Films:

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“‘A Bellyful of Salt and Spleen‘, you could say, is about building and breaking down in the same discordant breath. The building came in the sense of many layers of coruscating industrial ambience, all marching to the beat of a home-made drum kit consisting of rubbish bins, oil drums and industrial screw parts and other bits that Shane could find littered around the studio grounds. The scope and gravity and density just demanded a vocal that was as baritone and anguished as I could push out of myself.

The breaking down side of it was the intention to just focus minds to understand that people who traverse continents, suffocate in confined spaces or drown grasping for assistance are as keen to live in dignity and peace – and without violence and hunger – as the rest of us. As ever, quite simply, we are all human beings and if that means anything anymore, a helping hand is the least we can offer.

Sam Edwards & Khaled Lowe, directing the video, really focused our minds in the way they wanted to drill down into the indifference generated around these things – via some incredible animation and suchlike married to the stuttering engines of unseaworthy vessels and the precision shunt of our industrial pounding. The whole visual concept of beach life going on around bodies washed up on the shore is a grotesque scenario that illustrates how meaningless those we can’t connect to our own small universe can become.”

Edwards & Lowe added:

“This film was commissioned by UK Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death. Both the song & video address the disturbing prevalence of the “anti-outsider” in contemporary society; from popular right wing publications filled with hate-fuelled rhetoric through to the chilling nonchalance of holiday makers found relaxing in front of washed up corpses.

Based on real events, the film uses a combination of live action and animation to depict a doomed voyage; Escaping their ruined city, a family of refugees meet a tragic end when their boat sinks during a storm. As the dinghy sinks near the shoreline, indifferent tourists party & picnic. Bodies wash up on the beach while people take selfies, heedless to the carnage behind them.

The story concludes with images of a vast “sea cemetery” of floating gravestones & an obscure ghostly figure drifting on the horizon – these represent the countless lives lost in the pursuit of freedom from oppression and the ease with which they are forgotten.”

The group did have some bad news to share earlier today though for those in the United States who pre-ordered the record on vinyl. A pressing plant malfunction has resulted in the vinyl copies of the record being pushed back to an October 16th release date.

The band’s label Century Media Records commented of that:

“Fans in the US who have pre-ordered ‘Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism’, please read below:

As we tick down the days to the release of Napalm Death‘s ‘Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism‘ we received the very frustrating news that the manufacturing plant we use for our vinyl releases experienced a malfunction while they were pressing the album, causing the vinyl to be severely damaged.

As a label, there is nothing more important to us than presenting you with not only the best heavy music available but also ensuring that the physical product we send you is up to the highest standards.

It is with that in mind that we, very regrettably, have to announce that the vinyl release date for ‘Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism‘ has moved to Oct. 16. The manufacturer has assured us they can meet this date and have promised to have tracking information out to you asap.

If you did purchase your vinyl copy via the Century Media webstore we will also be able to offer you a digital download on Sept. 18. Everyone at Century Media, as well as Napalm Death, want you to know that during these unprecedented times we appreciate your support more than ever.”

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