Napalm Death have released “Backlash Just Because,” the brutal first single from their new album, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism.
The new 12-track record comes a few months after the EP Logic Ravaged By Brute Force, and is the follow-up to the British grindcore trio’s 2015 full-length Apex Predator – Easy Meat. The new LP was also recorded with their longtime producer Russ Russell.
“The phrase sticking in my mind when I started thinking about the lyrical direction for this album was ‘the other,’” vocalist Mark Greenway said in a statement. “You could recognize at the time that there was a rapidly growing fear and paranoia being generated about everybody, from migrating people to people with fluid sexuality and this was starting to manifest itself in very antagonistic reactions that you felt were almost verging on violence.
“Not everybody resorts to such reactions of course, but even the basic lack of understanding can become toxic over time. I’m not saying that this is an entirely new phenomenon, but it has been stoked in recent history by some particularly attack-minded people in more political circles and, as ever, I felt that it would be the natural antidote to endorse basic humanity and solidarity with all.”
Napalm Death’s new album is out September 18. Stream “Backlash Just Because” here: