Review: Napalm Death at The Waterfront, Norwich

By Georgi Bomb

Photo Credit: David Moss

Napalm Death are one of those bands who always seem to be on the road.

It would be interesting to see where they haven’t played in the UK over their thirty year longevity.

The Waterfront in Norwich however, is somewhere they have played before and the fans seem to be gathering excitedly for their set later this evening.

Main support, Crisis Kings from Lowestoft were a damn fine sight to behold.

Merging the polyrhythmic sounds of Meshuggah with vocals to rival Troy Sanders of Mastodon; the Crisis Kings were certainly attention grabbing and they demanded to be seen.

Photo Credit: David Moss

Definitely ones to watch in 2012.

Napalm Death’s frontman, Barney addresses the eager crowd in an almost delicate Brummy accent; offering a “Christmas selection box of songs” this evening. Once the music kicks in though, he is anything but delicate.

The highly engaging frontman introduces songs about hate, asking the audience to not indulge too much into the meaning.

As always, these guys are tight as hell as they slam their way through a wide variety of their back catalogue, and the crowd shows approval through the rather large mosh pit during songs like When All Is Said and Done.

Photo Credit: David Moss

Dealing with hecklers and incomprehensible calls by labeling comments with an “irrelevant shout”tag  and disregarding them as if they were nothing more than an annoying itch.

Photo Credit: David Moss

The mood turned serious for Life and Limb , a track about prisoners and prison life before the band performed the first of three cover tracks this evening.

Cryptic Slaughter was first, then a cover by Siege later on and the final was Nazi Punks by Dead Kennedys.

What was really exciting was the unveiling of a track off their new album, due out in February 2012.

Quarratine was heavy, intense and if the rest of the album is anything like this, we are in for grinding treat!

Proving nothing phases these old hats, Barney explains they have some maintenance to deal with, similar to when you’re waiting for a train. He entertains the crowd with his hatred of religion before they burst into life with On the Brink of Extinction.

Barney bops across the stage like a stroppy child in a supermarket while bassist Shane Embury flings his hair around in a frizzy blur. It is no secret these guys are getting on a bit, but there was more energy among them than any fresh-faced, pubescent deathcore group.

The mosh pit then explodes as the band  enter into Scum before launching into a medley of their shorter tracks such as MAD; they refused to repeat any for it “ruined the surprise”, much to the disappointment of one fan.

Choosing to end the set with a classic Napalm track, Suffer the Children, as the lights came up it was a sad sight to see that many people left during the show.

Fortunately this affected nothing and is more an observation than a criticism, for Napalm Death have probably played as well tonight as they did thirty years ago.

May they forever remain.

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