Harmony Corruption

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Harmony Corruption
Studio album by Napalm Death
Released September 3, 1990 (US) July 1, 1990 (UK)
Genre Death metal, deathgrind, grindcore
Length 41:02
Label Combat/Earache
Producer Scott Burns
Napalm Death chronology
Mentally Murdered
Harmony Corruption
Suffer the Children
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Harmony Corruption is the third album by Napalm Death. It was released in 1990 on Earache Records. The style of the album was more death metal than grindcore, featuring extremely heavy riffs and deep low vocals. The tracks from the Mentally Murdered EP are included at the end of early editions of the CD, though versions now in print feature only the standard eleven tracks. It is the first Napalm Death album to feature Mark "Barney" Greenway as the vocalist and Mitch Harris and Jesse Pintado as guitarists, and the last with Mick Harris on drums.

Richard Johnson, a member of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, says that the wide distribution of Harmony Corruption ensured that it had a greater impact on the American grindcore scene than earlier Napalm Death efforts.[2]

John Tardy, vocalist of Obituary, and Glen Benton, vocalist of Deicide, provide backing vocals on the track "Unfit Earth" in the later sections.

Their first UK chart entry, this album peaked at number 67. Limited vinyl pressing included the bonus LP with live set recorded at I.C.A.

In 2012, Earache Records released a remixed & remastered edition, containing bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mark "Barney" Greenway and Mick Harris, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Vision Conquest" (Shane Embury) 2:42
2. "If the Truth Be Known" (Embury, Greenway) 4:12
3. "Inner Incineration" (Embury, Jesse Pintado) 2:57
4. "Malicious Intent" (Embury) 3:26
5. "Unfit Earth"   5:03
6. "Circle of Hypocrisy"   3:15
7. "The Chains that Bind Us" (Embury, Greemway, Harris) 4:08
8. "Mind Snare"   3:42
9. "Extremity Retained"   2:01
10. "Suffer the Children"   4:21
11. "Hiding Behind" (bonus track) 5:15

From the Mentally Murdered EP[edit]

No. Title Length
12. "Rise Above"   2:42
13. "The Missing Link"   2:17
14. "Mentally Murdered"   2:11
15. "Walls of Confinement"   2:56
16. "Cause and Effect"   1:26
17. "No Mental Effort"   4:08

Bonus LP 'Live I.C.A. London June 29 1990'[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Rise Above"    
2. "Success?"    
3. "From Enslavement to Obliteration"    
4. "Control"    
5. "Walls of Confinement"    
6. "Instinct of Survival"    
7. "Siege of Power"    
8. "Avalanche Master Song" (Godflesh cover)  
9. "You Suffer?"    
10. "Deceiver"    



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Kevin Stewart-Panko, "Altered States," "Grindcore Special" part 2, Terrorizer #181, March 2009, p. 42-43.