Harmony Corruption

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Harmony Corruption
Studio album by Napalm Death
Released 1 July 1990 (1990-07-01)
Studio Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida, United States
Genre Death metal, deathgrind, grindcore, thrash metal
Length 41:02
Label Earache, Combat
Producer Scott Burns, Napalm Death
Napalm Death chronology
Mentally Murdered
(1989)
Harmony Corruption
(1990)
Mass Appeal Madness
(1991)
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 third UK chart entry, this album peaked at number 7. 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.

Release[edit]

Single[edit]

The track "Suffer the Children" was released as single on vinyl and CD, which features the non-album tracks "Siege of Power" and "Harmony Corruption".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Vision Conquest"   Shane Embury Embury 2:42
2. "If the Truth Be Known"   Embury, Mark Greenway Embury 4:12
3. "Inner Incineration"   Embury Jesse Pintado 2:57
4. "Malicious Intent"   Embury Embury 3:26
5. "Unfit Earth"   Greenway Mick Harris 5:03
6. "Circle of Hypocrisy"   Greenway Mick Harris 3:15
7. "The Chains that Bind Us"   Embury, Greenway Mick Harris 4:08
8. "Mind Snare"   Greenway Mitch Harris 3:42
9. "Extremity Retained"   Greenway Mick Harris 2:01
10. "Suffer the Children"   Greenway Mick Harris 4:21
CD bonus track
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
11. "Hiding Behind"   Greenway Mick Harris 5:15
Live at the I.C.A. London 29 June 1990
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Rise Above"   Lee Dorrian Embury  
2. "Success?"   Jim Whitely    
3. "From Enslavement to Obliteration"        
4. "Control"   Justin Broadrick    
5. "Walls of Confinement"   Dorrian Mick Harris  
6. "Instinct of Survival"   Broadrick    
7. "Siege of Power"   Broadrick    
8. "Avalanche Master Song" (Godflesh cover) Godflesh Godflesh  
9. "You Suffer?"   Broadrick    
10. "Deceiver"   Whitely    

Personnel[edit]

Napalm Death[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Scott Burns – production
  • David Windmill – artwork
  • Tim Hubbard – photography
  • Noel Summerville – mastering

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak position
UK Albums (OCC)[4] 67

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. Napalm Death: Harmony Corruption > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  2. ^ Kevin Stewart-Panko, "Altered States," "Grindcore Special" part 2, Terrorizer #181, March 2009, p. 42-43.
  3. ^ "Napalm Death 'Suffer the Children'". Earache.com. Earache. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Napalm Death | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 October 2014.