Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism

Napalm Death - Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism
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Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #23 / 672
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Based on 52 ratings
2020 Ratings: #839
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September 18, 2020 / Release Date
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Consequence of Sound
Together with Greenway’s thought-provoking lyrics, Embury delivered a set of songs so good that they made the band’s recent victories seem conservative in retrospect.
Metal Injection
This album pushes the band into uncharted territory without forsaking the tenets of a solid Napalm Death album. Even if they can’t reinvent the wheel, they’ll still leave no stone unturned within their bastion of ruthless aggression.
Classic Rock
Every second feels vital, vicious and vastly more exciting than a band approaching their fortieth anniversary has any right to be.
Spectrum Culture
Napalm Death return with yet another stellar blast of socially conscious, utterly brutal metal.

Napalm Death bring the joys on furiously caustic and creatively explosive 16th album, Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism.


Always honing and building upon their sound, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is an outstanding testament to Napalm Death's continued legend and evolution.

Metal Hammer

With Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism they reassert themselves as a force for life.


The band finally find the middle ground between its classic, experimental and post-experimental periods. Shockingly, Throes of Joy sustains a balance between directness and exploration that the band have never quite seemed capable of in the past.

After the release of couple of disappointing singles that saw some flirting with noise rock and sludge metal, UK long-running grindcore veterans return with new full-length filled with raging energetic deathgrind continuing the sound and style of its predecessor, Apex Predator - Easy Meat. However even after promising start with somewhat black metal influenced Fuck the Factoid, album doesn’t grow on that much. And whilst keeping the speed and level of extremity very high, Napalm Death on ... read more
I can only imagine what it would have been like to have Napalm Death hop onto the scene in the 80's, because at the time bands like Metallica were accused of being Satan worshippers, so I don't think many responded well to the pioneers of grindcore. It's been more than 30 years since the band's debut released, and the first few tracks of Throes of Joy got me excited, because it felt like they still had the aggression to make another great record. The first half of this album was visceral track ... read more
The godfathers of Grindcore are back with their first LP since the amazing Apex Predator/Easy Meat, released in 2015. The singles in the leadup to this new album were not very promising. It seemed like the band was going back to their melodic death metal-era sonically. While I will say this record is not as bad as Diatribes or Words from the exit wound, the new LP is still a major drop in quality compared to their last.

There are still some tracks here that work great; the opening track Fuck ... read more
Napalm Death - Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism
Genre : Grindcore, Death Metal, Industrial Metal.

1. Amoral ----- TOP SONG
2. Invigorating Church ----- TOP SONG
3. That Curse Of Being In Thrall
4. Backlash Just Because
5. A Bellyful Of Salt And Spleen
6. Zero Gravitas Chamber
7. Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism
8. Contagion
9. Joie De Ne Pas Vivre
10. Fluxing Of The Muscle
11. Acting In Gouged Faith
12. Fuck The Factoid
Started pretty strong, the first 2 songs are chaotic brutal death grind, but also very polished. After that it gets very mid and boring, with some weird elements from other genres (badly implemented). Nothing special about this one, listen to thier older stuff for a brutal good time
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Track List

  1. Fuck the Factoid
  2. Backlash Just Because
  3. That Curse of Being in Thrall
  4. Contagion
  5. Joie De Ne Pas Vivre
  6. Invigorating Clutch
  7. Zero Gravitas Chamber
  8. Fluxing of the Muscle
  9. Amoral
  10. Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism
  11. Acting in Gouged Faith
  12. Feral Carve-Up
  13. A Bellyful of Salt and Spleen
  14. White Kross
  15. Blissful Myth
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Added on: August 2, 2020