Utopia Banished

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Utopia Banished
Studio album by Napalm Death
Released 23 June 1992 (1992-06-23)
Recorded 10 February 1992 (1992-02-10)–19 February 1992 (1992-02-19) and 23 February 1992 (1992-02-23)–2 March 1992 (1992-03-02)
Studio The Windings, Wrexham, Wales
Genre Grindcore
Length 39:04
Label Earache, Relativity
Producer Colin Richardson, Napalm Death
Napalm Death chronology
Death by Manipulation
(1992)
Utopia Banished
(1992)
Live Corruption
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
MetalReviews 73/100[2]

Utopia Banished is the fourth album by the UK band Napalm Death. The album was released in 1992 by Earache Records.[3] It is the first album featuring Danny Herrera on drums following the departure of Mick Harris.

Release[edit]

A limited edition of this album included a 3" bonus CD; the vinyl release included a bonus 7" containing the same material.[3]

The 2007 re-release came as part of Earache's Classic Metal series with The DVD as bonus disc.[4]

In 2012, Earache Records released a remastered edition on limited edition coloured vinyl and CD digipak.[5]

Single[edit]

The EP "The World Keeps Turning" was released in July 1992 on vinyl and CD and contains two non-album tracks, "A Means to an End" and "Insanity Excursion".[6]

Writing[edit]

Samples[edit]

Napalm Death make use of samples in some songs on Utopia Banished. The tracks "Discordance" and "Awake (To a Life of Misery)" sample snippets from 1988 science fiction film They Live while the track "Contemptuous" takes a line from 1987 war film Full Metal Jacket.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Discordance"       1:26
2. "I Abstain"   Mark Greenway Jesse Pintado 3:30
3. "Dementia Access"   Shane Embury Mitch Harris 2:27
4. "Christening of the Blind"   Embury Embury 3:21
5. "The World Keeps Turning"   Greenway Pintado 2:55
6. "Idiosyncratic"   Greenway Embury, Pintado 2:35
7. "Aryanisms"   Greenway Embury, Harris 3:08
8. "Cause and Effect (Part II)"   Greenway Pintado 2:07
9. "Judicial Slime"   Embury Embury 2:36
10. "Distorting the Medium"   Greenway Pintado 1:58
11. "Got Time to Kill"   Greenway Embury 2:28
12. "Upward and Uninterested"   Greenway Pintado, Harris 2:07
13. "Exile"   Embury Harris 2:00
14. "Awake (To a Life of Misery)"   Embury Harris 2:05
15. "Contemptuous"   Embury Embury, Harris, Pintado 4:21
Bonus 3" CD
No. Title Length
1. "One and the Same"   1:50
2. "Sick and Tired"   1:26
3. "Malignant Trait"   2:20
4. "Killing with Kindness"   2:01

Personnel[edit]

Napalm Death[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 77
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 58

2007 re-release[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak position
German Albums (Official Top 100)[10] 60

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. Napalm Death: Utopia Banished > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  2. ^ Goat. "Napalm Death - Utopia Banished". MetalReviews. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Napalm Death 'Utopia Banished'". Earache.com. Earache. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Utopia Banished at Discogs
  5. ^ Sheila (14 May 2012). "Napalm Death – 'Utopia Banished' remastered edition out now!". PlanetMosh. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Napalm Death 'The World Keeps Turning'". Earache.com. Earache. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "(Film) samples in (metal) songs". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Napalm Death – Utopia Banished" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Napalm Death | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Napalm Death – Utopia Banished". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 19 October 2014.