Utilitarian (album)

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NAPALM DEATH Utilitarian.jpg
Studio album by Napalm Death
Released 27 February 2012 (2012-02-27)
Recorded May-November 2011
Studio Parlour Studios, Kettering
Genre Grindcore
Length 45:20
Label Century Media
Producer Russ Russell
Napalm Death chronology
Time Waits for No Slave
(2009)Time Waits for No Slave2009
Converge / Napalm Death
(2012)Converge / Napalm Death2012
Singles from Utilitarian
  1. "Analysis Paralysis"
    Released: 2 January 2012[1]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
About.com4/5 stars[3]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[4]
The GuardianFavourable[6]
Metal Forces8.5/10[7]
Metal Sucks4/5 stars[9]
This is Not a Scene9/10[12]

Utilitarian is the fourteenth studio album by British grindcore band Napalm Death. It was released in the UK on 27 February 2012 and globally on 28 February 2012.[13]


Utilitarian was recorded in 2011. A 7" vinyl single for "Analysis Paralysis" was released in January 2012.[14] 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."[15]

When the recording sessions for the then untitled album had already finished, Napalm Death extended their worldwide contract with Century Media on a number of future albums. According to vocalist Mark Greenway, "it's the first time we've actually re-signed on a longer term deal with anybody since the days when we didn't strictly know that we could be digging ourselves a big hole with labels."[16]

Track listing[edit]

1."Circumspect" (Instrumental) 2:17
2."Errors in the Signals"Mark Greenway, Mitch Harris3:02
3."Everyday Pox"Greenway, Shane Embury2:12
4."Protection Racket"Greenway, Embury4:00
5."The Wolf I Feed"Harris2:57
6."Quarantined"Greenway, Harris2:47
7."Fall on Their Swords"Greenway, Embury3:57
8."Collision Course"Embury3:14
9."Orders of Magnitude"Harris3:21
10."Think Tank Trials"Greenway, Harris2:27
11."Blank Look About Face"Greenway, Harris3:12
12."Leper Colony"Greenway, Embury3:23
13."Nom de Guerre"Greenway, Embury1:07
14."Analysis Paralysis"Harris, Embury3:23
15."Opposites Repellent"Greenway, Embury1:22
16."A Gag Reflex"Greenway, Harris3:30


  1. ^Note 1 That song is an Instrumental.
  2. ^Note 2 Bonus Track.


Napalm Death[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 84
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[18] 25
French Albums (SNEP)[19] 80
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 74
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 88
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[22] 22
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[23] 14
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[24] 43
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[25] 25


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  3. ^ Jervis, Marcus. "Napalm Death - Utilitarian Review". About.com. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  4. ^ O'Brien, Jon. Napalm Death: Utilitarian > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  5. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "Napalm Death 'Utilitarian'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Lawson, Dom (26 January 2012). "Napalm Death: playing fast and furious". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Not, Neil (2012). "Napalm Death: Utilitarian". Metal Forces. Stevenage: Rockzone Publications. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Charles. "Napalm Death - Utilitarian". MetalReviews. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  9. ^ O'Hagar, Sammy (21 February 2012). "Napalm Death's Utilitarian: A Case for Consistency". Metal Sucks. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Hayes, Craig (18 March 2012). "Napalm Death: Utilitarian". Popmatters. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Grow, Kory (4 March 2012). "Napalm Death, 'Utilitarian'". Spin. New York: SpinMedia. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Westland, Raymond (12 February 2012). "Napalm Death – Utilitarian". This is Not a Scene. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Napalm Death: New Album Title, Cover Artwork Unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Napalm Death: New Album Track Listing Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Greenway, Mark (18 October 2012). "Interview: Napalm Death". RockRevolt Magazine (Interview). Interviewed by Connor Williams. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Allen, Rost (25 September 2011). "Napalm Death Re-Sign Worldwide Deal With Century Media Records!". This is Not a Scene. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Napalm Death – Utilitarian" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  18. ^ "Napalm Death: Utilitarian" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  19. ^ "Lescharts.com – Napalm Death – Utilitarian". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  20. ^ "Napalm Death - Utilitarian". Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Germany. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Napalm Death – Utilitarian". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  22. ^ "Napalm Death Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  23. ^ "Napalm Death Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  24. ^ "Napalm Death Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  25. ^ "Napalm Death Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 October 2014.