Utilitarian (album)

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Utilitarian
Studio album by Napalm Death
Released 27 February 2012 (2012-02-27)
Recorded May 2011 (2011-05)–November 2011 (2011-11)
Studio Parlour Studios, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England
Genre Grindcore, death metal
Length 45:20
Label Century Media
Producer Russ Russell
Napalm Death chronology
Time Waits for No Slave
(2009)
Utilitarian
(2012)
Converge / Napalm Death
(2012)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Blabbermouth.net 8.5/10 stars[4]
The Guardian Favourable[5]
Metal Forces 8.5/10 stars[6]
MetalReviews 95/100[7]
Metal Sucks 4/5 stars[8]
Popmatters 8/10 stars[9]

Utilitarian is the fifteenth studio album by British grindcore band Napalm Death. It was released in the UK on 27 February 2012 and globally on 28 February 2012.[10]

Background[edit]

Utilitarian was recorded in 2011. A 7" vinyl single for "Analysis Paralysis" was released in January 2012.[11] When asked, vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway stated that he was quite proud of the new album, saying, "The thing you have to consider about Napalm Death is that no two albums sound the same, which is what makes this album unique. Whilst we stick to the same aggressive tone that fans are used to, we also have added other technical elements in it to make it stand out. It's still a rock album, but it's something we do to it to make it fresh."[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Circumspect" (Instrumental)   2:17
2. "Errors in the Signals"   Mark "Barney" Greenway, Mitch Harris 3:02
3. "Everyday Pox"   Greenway, Shane Embury 2:12
4. "Protection Racket"   Greenway, Embury 4:00
5. "The Wolf I Feed"   Harris 2:57
6. "Quarantined"   Greenway, Harris 2:47
7. "Fall on Their Swords"   Greenway, Embury 3:57
8. "Collision Course"   Embury 3:14
9. "Orders of Magnitude"   Harris 3:21
10. "Think Tank Trials"   Greenway, Harris 2:27
11. "Blank Look About Face"   Greenway, Harris 3:12
12. "Leper Colony"   Greenway, Embury 3:23
13. "Aim Without an Aim" (Limited edition bonus track)   3:06
14. "Everything in Mono" (Limited edition bonus track)   2:49
15. "Nom de Guerre"   Greenway, Embury 1:07
16. "Analysis Paralysis"   Harris, Embury 3:23
17. "Opposites Repellent"   Greenway, Embury 1:22
18. "A Gag Reflex"   Greenway, Harris 3:30
LP bonus track
No. Title Length
19. "Standardization"   2:45
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Length
19. "It Failed to Explode"   3:39

Personnel[edit]

Napalm Death[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 84
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 25
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 80
German Albums (Official Top 100)[16] 74
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 88
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[18] 22
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[19] 14
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[20] 43
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[21] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Utilitarian - Napalm Death". Metacritic. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Jervis, Marcus. "Napalm Death - Utilitarian Review". About.com. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ O'Brien, Jon. Napalm Death: Utilitarian > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  4. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "Napalm Death 'Utilitarian'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Lawson, Dom (26 January 2012). "Napalm Death: playing fast and furious". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Not, Neil (2012). "Napalm Death: Utilitarian". Metal Forces. Stevenage: Rockzone Publications. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Charles. "Napalm Death - Utilitarian". MetalReviews. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  8. ^ O'Hagar, Sammy (21 February 2012). "Napalm Death's Utilitarian: A Case for Consistency". Metal Sucks. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Hayes, Craig (18 March 2012). "Napalm Death: Utilitarian". Popmatters. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Napalm Death: New Album Title, Cover Artwork Unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Napalm Death: New Album Track Listing Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Greenway, Mark (18 October 2012). Interview: Napalm Death. RockRevolt Magazine. Interview with Connor Williams. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Napalm Death – Utilitarian" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  14. ^ "Napalm Death: Utilitarian" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  15. ^ "Napalm Death – Utilitarian". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  16. ^ "Napalm Death – Utilitarian". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  17. ^ "Napalm Death – Utilitarian". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  18. ^ "Napalm Death Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums for Napalm Death. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  19. ^ "Napalm Death Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for Napalm Death. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  20. ^ "Napalm Death Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Independent Albums for Napalm Death. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  21. ^ "Napalm Death Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Napalm Death. Retrieved October 11, 2014.