Extreme Noise Terror - _Damage 381_
(Earache, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (9 out of 10)
This is probably one of the most anticipated releases this year due to the fact that Napalm Death singer Barney Greenway provides a majority of the vocals on _Damage 381_. Recorded with Greenway at the helm after he and Napalm Death parted ways earlier this year to sing for ENT (he eventually went back to ND but the vocals were still kept when original ENT frontman Phil Vane didn't cut it) is a powerhouse assault of grinding grooves and sheer power. The songs are short, brutal, and utterly potent. Nothing seems to fall by the wayside here as ENT has been able to condense all the intensity into one mad rush. Throw in some vocal duties by Vane and new screamer Dean Jones and you got a pretty varied assortment of songs and ideas. While I am a big fan of the new ND release, _Inside the Torn Apart_, I'm finding myself drawn more to _D381_ because it avoids the experimentation of sounds and styles (something _ItTA_ hits upon) and goes right for the throat. Slap this sucker on and run for cover.

(article published 14/9/1997)


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