From Enslavement to Obliteration

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From Enslavement to Obliteration
Studio album by Napalm Death
Released 16 September 1988
Recorded 1988 at Birdsong, Worcester
Genre Grindcore
Length 29:20
Label Earache
Producer Napalm Death
Dig
Napalm Death chronology
Scum
(1987)
From Enslavement to Obliteration
(1988)
Mentally Murdered
(1989)

From Enslavement to Obliteration is the second album by grindcore band Napalm Death, released in 1988. It is the final studio album with vocalist Lee Dorrian and guitarist Bill Steer. A remastered version was released on 2 April 2012.

Background[edit]

The album's lyrical themes cover a variety of social and political topics, including misogyny/sexism ("It's a M.A.N.S World" and "Inconceivable?"), animal rights ("Display to Me…"), racism ("Unchallenged Hate" and "From Enslavement to Obliteration"), materialism ("Private Death"), and anti-capitalism ("Make Way!"). The album calls for social change, as seen in the song "Uncertainty Blurs the Vision," quoting Rudimentary Peni at the song's conclusion.

Shane Embury retrospectively commented on the band's progression up until From Enslaved... in Kerrang! magazine:

It was a good experience but it was a brief one. Back in those days albums were recorded very quickly – we recorded the album in about six days and I think it cost about £800. In the early days in the very beginning before I joined, it was more of a crust punk band really but it was a natural progression, I think, to get faster and faster. Scum created a buzz and by the time we did FETO, we just wanted to push it as fast as we could and as far as possible. We weren't really consciously trying to break any rules but we weren't paying any attention to them either. If we wanted to do a song that was going to be 20 seconds long then we'd do it – we didn't think there was any reason not to. The vocals for us went hand-in-hand with the distorted bass guitar, distorted guitars and hyper-fast drumming".[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

In 2009 From Enslavement to Obliteration was ranked number 1 in Terrorizer's list of essential European grindcore albums.[3] Writer Jonathan Horsley described it as marking "the genre's perilous rite of passage through Britain's post-industrial urban landscape."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Evolved as One"   3:13
2. "It's a M.A.N.S World!"   0:54
3. "Lucid Fairytale"   1:02
4. "Private Death"   0:35
5. "Impressions"   0:35
6. "Unchallenged Hate"   2:07
7. "Uncertainty Blurs the Vision"   0:40
8. "Cock-Rock Alienation"   1:20
9. "Retreat to Nowhere"   0:30
10. "Think for a Minute"   1:42
11. "Display to Me…"   2:43
12. "From Enslavement to Obliteration"   1:35
13. "Blind to the Truth"   0:21
14. "Social Sterility"   1:03
15. "Emotional Suffocation"   1:06
16. "Practice What You Preach"   1:23
17. "Inconceivable?"   1:06
18. "Worlds Apart"   1:24
19. "Obstinate Direction"   1:01
20. "Mentally Murdered"   2:13
21. "Sometimes"   1:06
22. "Make Way!"   1:36
23. "Musclehead" (CD bonus track) 0:50
24. "Your Achievement?" (CD bonus track) 0:06
25. "Dead" (CD bonus track) 0:04
26. "Morbid Deceiver" (CD bonus track) 0:45
27. "The Curse" (CD bonus track) 3:17

The Curse[edit]

The Curse
EP by Napalm Death
Released September 1988
Genre Grindcore
Length 5:04
Label Earache (7MOSH 8)

The Curse is a free 7-inch extended play by the grindcore band Napalm Death, included in the initial copies of the From Enslavement to Obliteration LP, which was released through Earache Records in September 1988.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Curse"   3:17
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Musclehead"   0:51
2. "Your Achievement?"   0:06
3. "Dead"   0:04
4. "Morbid Deceiver"   0:45
  • The song "Morbid Deceiver" is a re-recording of the song "Deceiver", originally on the album Scum.

Personnel[edit]

Trivia[edit]

Some LPs had a sticker with the following line printed on it: "We wanted to be the biggest rock band in the world and you don't do that sounding like Napalm Death" Joe Elliot (Def Leppard)[5]

Grindcore band Sore Throat included a track called "From Off License To Obliteration" on their 101-track 1988 album Disgrace to the Corpse Of Sid, also released on Earache Records.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Travers, Paul. Kerrang! #1310, May 01 2010. Albums. Treasure Chest. Shane Embury. p. 54.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ a b Horsley, Jonathan (2009). "Essential Albums|Europe", Terrorizer Magazine 180, p. 54.
  4. ^ "Napalm Death, From Enslavement to Obliteration". Earache Records. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Napalm-Death-From-Enslavement-To-Obliteration/release/367357