UK Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH are soon to release their new studio album “Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism” on September 18th, 2020 via Century Media Records.
To further demonstrate the wide stylistic array explored on the album, NAPALM DEATH are now launching a single/video clip for the closing track “A Bellyful of Salt and Spleen”. Check it out in a video clip created by Sam Edwards & Khaled Lowe of A-Side Films / www.a-sidefilms.com here:
The breaking down side of it was the intention to just focus minds to understand that people who traverse continents, suffocate in confined spaces or drown grasping for assistance are as keen to live in dignity and peace - and without violence and hunger – as the rest of us. As ever, quite simply, we are all human beings and if that means anything anymore, a helping hand is the least we can offer.
Sam Edwards & Khaled Lowe, directing the video, really focussed our minds in the way they wanted to drill down into the indifference generated around these things – via some incredible animation and suchlike married to the stuttering engines of unseaworthy vessels and the precision shunt of our industrial pounding. The whole visual concept of beach life going on around bodies washed up on the shore is a grotesque scenario that illustrates how meaningless those we can’t connect to our own small universe can become.”
And video directors Sam Edwards / Khaled Lowe from A-Side Films added the following comment: “This film was commissioned by UK Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH. Both the song & video address the disturbing prevalence of the “anti-outsider” in contemporary society; from popular right wing publications filled with hate-fuelled rhetoric through to the chilling nonchalance of holiday makers found relaxing in front of washed up corpses.
Based on real events, the film uses a combination of live action and animation to depict a doomed voyage; Escaping their ruined city, a family of refugees meet a tragic end when their boat sinks during a storm. As the dinghy sinks near the shoreline, indifferent tourists party & picnic. Bodies wash up on the beach while people take selfies, heedless to the carnage behind them. The story concludes with images of a vast “sea cemetery” of floating gravestones & an obscure ghostly figure drifting on the horizon - these represent the countless lives lost in the pursuit of freedom from oppression and the ease with which they are forgotten.”
Previously, NAPALM DEATH have released the following album songs as singles/videos:
“Backlash Just Because”: https://youtu.be/FFDHuCeaM_Y
“Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism” is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” album and the 16th (!) studio album effort by NAPALM DEATH. It was again recorded with longtime producer Russ Russell and features artwork by Frode Sylthe.