Napalm Death have released a video for “A Bellyful of Salt and Spleen” from the band’s forthcoming album, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Deafeatism (digital/CD: Sept. 18; vinyl: Oct. 16 via Century Media Records – https://napalmdeath.lnk.to/ThroesofJoyintheJawsofDefeatism).
|Napalm Death vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway said the song and accompanying video: “’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 focussed 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.”
Video directors Sam Edwards and Khaled Lowe (a-sidefims.com) added the following comment: “This film was commissioned by UK grindcore pioneers Napalm Death. Both the song and 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 and 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 and 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.”
|Napalm Death previously released these two tracks/videos from Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism:|
“Backlash Just Because”: https://youtu.be/FFDHuCeaM_Y“Amoral”: https://youtu.be/T5ChaOiPZGo
Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed Apex Predator – Easy Meat album and the sixteenth studio album effort by Napalm Death. It was again recorded with longtime producer Russ Russell and features artwork by Frode Sylthe.
From the pinnacle of confrontational instrumental extremity and steadfast lyrical humanity, NAPALM DEATH’s new album warps musical landscapes all over again. Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism includes 12 songs seething with caustic evolution and unrelenting scope.
Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is available in a standard jewelcase, a digital version and as limited mediabook CD (with patch) with 3 bonus-tracks: “Feral Carve-up,” “White Kross” (Sonic Youth cover) and “Blissful Myth” (Rudimentary Peni cover). The vinyl version of the album includes a double-sided A2 poster and the bonus-track “Air’s Turned Foul in Here” in the following 180g. variations and limitations:
Vinyl Europe:Black LP – Unlimited“Colour is of no concern” LP (creamy white vinyl) – 200x copies from CM Webshop / Sold out!“All that glitters is not enriching” LP (golden vinyl) – 400x copies from CM Distro / Sold out!“Era of dazzling indifference” LP (neon orange vinyl) – 200x copies from EMP / Sold out!“The cold shoulder of isolationism” LP (transparent blue vinyl) – 200x copies from Nuclear Blast / Sold out!“See right through you” LP (clear vinyl) – 300x copies from Napalm Death
Vinyl USA:Black LP – Unlimited“Germicidal yellow swirled vinyl” – 250x copies from CM Webshop / Sold out!
“Bloated corpulent pink swirled vinyl” – 250x copies from CM Webshop / Newly added!“Stressed sanguine blood smear vinyl” – 500x copies from Indie Stores“Mucus with envy swirled vinyl” – 250x copies from Revolver Magazine“De-weaponised steel and black swirled vinyl” – 200x copies from Decibel Magazine / Sold out!
The pre-order for Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism in its various formats is available here: https://NapalmDeath.lnk.to/ThroesofJoyintheJawsofDefeatism.
Photo credit: Gobinder Jhitta; left to right: Danny Herrera, Mark “Barney” Greenway, and Shane Embury