Napalm Death
Smear Campaign

Release date: September 15th 2006
Label: Century Media
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)

Rating: 62/100
Cover artwork rating: 40/100
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
September 13th 2006 

I can’t exactly say I’m a fan of Napalm Death and this brand new album called ”Smear Campaign” won’t change much. Not that I totally dislike this release... no, no, but I have always had a small problem with their music. I actually enjoy listening to an album by Napalm Death but when the CD is done - nothing really stands out!

Napalm Death stands for sheer brutality and most of their songs are f*****g fast and f*****g aggressive. We get 16 songs and the Limited Edition Digipack and Vinyl versions of this album will include two exclusive audio bonus tracks.

Well this promo-CD I have been listening to for days contains 16 songs and most of them sound very much the same to me. And apart from a few riffs here and there nothing really stands out. Okay let’s be fair - one track is great - track number 10, ”Shattered Existence” contains one hell of a drum-rhythm and awesome guitar-work, but the rest of the songs are way to similar. Don’t get me wrong here - I DO like my music very brutal but somehow this bands music won’t get to me. It doesn't leave me wanting to play it again and again and therefore becomes quite anonymous after a short while.

This album would probably be great for some, especially for Napalm Death fans, I’m sure... and awful for others but for me it’s just above average.

- How anybody can play this fast without losing their breath is beyond me :)

The production suits the music fine and I think you can buy this album blindfolded if you are a fan of Napalm Death.