Utopia Banished

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Utopia Banished
Utopia Banished (Napalm Death album) cover art.jpg
Studio album by
Released23 June 1992 (1992-06-23)
Recorded10 February 1992 (1992-02-10)–19 February 1992 (1992-02-19) and 23 February 1992 (1992-02-23)–2 March 1992 (1992-03-02)
StudioThe Windings, Wrexham, Wales
GenreGrindcore, Deathgrind
Length39:04
LabelEarache, Relativity
ProducerColin Richardson, Napalm Death
Napalm Death chronology
Death by Manipulation
(1991)
Utopia Banished
(1992)
Live Corruption
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Utopia Banished is the fourth studio album by the British band Napalm Death. The album was released in 1992 by Earache Records.[2] 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.[2]

The 2007 re-release came as part of Earache's Classic Metal series with The DVD as bonus disc.[3]

In 2012, Earache Records released a remastered edition on limited edition coloured vinyl and CD digipak.[4]

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".[5]

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.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Discordance"  1:26
2."I Abstain"Mark GreenwayJesse Pintado3:30
3."Dementia Access"Shane EmburyMitch Harris2:27
4."Christening of the Blind"EmburyEmbury3:21
5."The World Keeps Turning"GreenwayPintado2:55
6."Idiosyncratic"GreenwayEmbury, Pintado2:35
7."Aryanisms"GreenwayEmbury, Harris3:08
8."Cause and Effect (Part II)"GreenwayPintado2:07
9."Judicial Slime"EmburyEmbury2:36
10."Distorting the Medium"GreenwayPintado1:58
11."Got Time to Kill"GreenwayEmbury2:28
12."Upward and Uninterested"GreenwayPintado, Harris2:07
13."Exile"EmburyHarris2:00
14."Awake (To a Life of Misery)"EmburyHarris2:05
15."Contemptuous"EmburyEmbury, Harris, Pintado4:21
Bonus 3" CD
No.TitleLength
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
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 60
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 77
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 58

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. Napalm Death: Utopia Banished > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Napalm Death 'Utopia Banished'". Earache.com. Earache. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  3. ^ Utopia Banished at Discogs
  4. ^ Sheila (14 May 2012). "Napalm Death – 'Utopia Banished' remastered edition out now!". PlanetMosh. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Napalm Death 'The World Keeps Turning'". Earache.com. Earache. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  6. ^ "(Film) samples in (metal) songs". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Napalm Death - Utopia Banished". Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Germany. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Napalm Death – Utopia Banished" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Napalm Death | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 11 October 2014.