Fear, Emptiness, Despair is the fifth album by British grindcore band Napalm Death, released on 31 May 1994. The album is notable for its complex song structures, midpaced tempo and the influence of Helmet's stop-time guitar riffs. Napalm Death's inclusion on Mortal Kombat soundtrack brought further exposure to the band. RAW magazine listed Fear, Emptiness, Despair as one of the essential album of the 1990s.
Originally titled Under Rule, the album marked the start of a transitional phase for Napalm Death.Fear, Emptiness, Despair maintaned the elaborate music structures of previous albums Utopia Banished and Harmony Corruption, but notable is the extensive use of midpaced songs, something new for the band. Bassist Shane Embury claims that Helmet's sound, especially the Strap It On album, was incorporated into Napalm Death's musical palette, something common in the heavy metal scene of the early to mid-nineties.
In its first week of release Fear, Emptiness, Despair reached #22 in Billboard's Heatseekers chart. The inclusion of "Twist the Knife (Slowly)" in the Mortal Kombat soundtrack brought the band further acclaim. The soundtrack scored a Top 10 position on the Billboard 200 chart, and went platinum in less than a year. In the August 1995 edition of RAW Fear, Emptiness, Despair was featured in the magazine's 90 essential albums of the nineties.