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Over the years, Napalm Death went through more than their share of personnel changes and infighting. The late '90s saw Napalm fire lead singer Lee "Barney" Greenway (who had joined in 1989) and hire Phil Vane as a replacement — only to end up parting company with Vane and asking Greenway to come back. You would think that so much infighting would have had a negative impact on the band creatively, but in fact, Napalm sound fairly inspired on Words From the Exit Wound. With a lineup that includes Greenway on vocals, Mitch Harris and Jesse Pintado on guitar, Shane Embury on bass, and Danny Herrera on drums, the grindcore/death metal band is certainly focused on brutally heavy, blistering offerings like "Devouring Depraved," "Clutching at Barbs," and "Cleanse Impure." This CD isn't a radical departure from 1997's Inside the Torn Apart or 1998's Breed to Breathe, although it would be wrong to think of Napalm as stagnant. In the '90s, Napalm evolved gradually, incorporating touches of industrial music and alternative rock. Words doesn't quite fall under the heading of "essential," but longtime Napalm followers will be glad to hear how good the band continued to sound after 15 years. [Earache issued a 12-track edition of the album in 1999 as well.]


Formed: 1981 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 1981, 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...
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