NAPALM DEATH – New Album Pushed Back To February

August 20, 2011, 3 years ago

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In an exclusive interview with scribe Aaron Small, NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury revealed that although his band’s new album was originally scheduled for release this October, it’s since been pushed back to February 2012.
“The October release isn’t going to happen,” says Shane. “We’ve finished the album. We’re still negotiating with the record label, Century Media, which is pretty much done, but I think it’s safe to say that the album will probably come out in February of next year unfortunately. It’s a bit of a shame, unless something miraculous turns around, but pretty much everything is good to go. It’s just a case of waiting for the label to decide how they want to push it and in what particular way, because obviously the label does their campaign and promotion. We’re getting to that period of the year now, time just goes so fast. We’re already in the middle of August and before you know it, it’s going to be the end of the year, so February might be a better time slot for it.” When asked how the new Napalm Death album compares to the 13 that came before it, Shane replied, “It’s very tricky for me to explain it all because I constantly write songs. Even when we finish an album, I have ideas left over, so it’s always a continuous thing from my part. There’s one song on the new album that I started writing a couple of the riffs like fucking 20 years ago; I’ve only just finished the song, it’s weird. It’s got everything you would like from Napalm. There’s crazy chord changes, some really catchy heavy mid-paced stuff, Barney (Greenway, vocalist) is trying some different stuff vocally. Mitch (Harris, guitarist) is actually singing the verses on a couple of the songs and Barney’s backing up on the choruses, so that’s going to be a little bit different. Mitch has this very old school Bill Crooks - CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER kind of voice, so you hear his tone coming in for a little bit. I think the album’s pretty varied. Sometimes you’re so close to it, it’s hard to define to anyone else. If you like the band, then you won’t be disappointed.” Fans can expect “16 tracks on the main album. We actually recorded 21 songs – a couple which we’re going to save for a split with MELVINS.” As far as the album title goes, Shane admits, “We’ve got a title but I’ve been told that I can’t tell anybody. We have song titles like ‘Quarantine’, ‘Think Tank Trials’, ‘Analysis Paralysis’ – quite abstract titles as per usual with Mr. Greenway. It’s a pretty manic record. I tried to push the noise element a little bit, there’s stop-start time structures. Mitch has pushed the CELTIC FROST vibe. It carries on from the last record (2009’s Time Waits For No Slave).” Although the new album won’t appear until next year, a single is on the horizon. “We’ve been talking about doing an exclusive free download of a track, just to get a taste of what’s going on. It would be nice to put something out this year, get a little video going, perhaps a YouTube special. Hopefully we can get that together in the next month or so.” Catch Napalm Death on tour: September 9 - Giza, Egypt - Metal Pyramids at Sakkara Nest Club 13 - Istanbul, Turkey - Old School Rock Club 14 - Bucharest, Romania - Wings Club 15 - Iasi, Romania - Casa De Cultura 16 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Inter Expo Center 18 - Vladivostock, Russia - Arena 19 – Khabarovsk, Russia - Velicano 21 – Irkutsk, Russia - Stratosphere 23 – Krasnoyarsk, Russia - Havana Club 24 – Tomsk, Russia - Fakel 25 – Novosibirsk, Russia - Rock Coty 27 – Ekaterinburg, Russia - Nirvana 28 – Moscow, Russia - Tochka 29 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Aurora October 3 - Kingston, ON - Time To Laugh 4 - Peterborough, ON - Red Dog 5 - Windsor, ON - Blind Dog 6 - London , ON - Music Hall 7 - Toronto , ON - WreckRoom 8 - Sudbury, ON - Jubilee Hall 9 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks 10 - Joinquiere, QC - Place Nikitoutagan 11 - Moncton, NB - The Manhattan 12 - Halifax, NS - The Seahorse 13 - Rimouski, QC - Cactus 14 - Trois RIvieres, QC - Trois Rivieres Metal Fest - Batissse Industrielle 16 - Thunder Bay, ON- Crocks 17 - Winnipeg, MB - The Zoo 18 - Brandon, MB - The North Hill Inn 19 - Regina, SK - The Exchange 20 - Medicine Hat, AB - Olys Pub 21 - Calgary, AB - The Distillery 22 - Edmonton, AB - The Pawnshop 23 - Prince George, BC - The Generator 25 - Victoria, BC - Club 919 26 - Kelowna, BC - Rutland Centennial Hall 27 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw

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