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NAPALM DEATH's Vocalist Discusses Why He Likes Utopia Banished Over Harmony Corruption

Still, he appreciates what the album did for the band.


Napalm Death's 1990 album Harmony Corruption is the band's first to feature vocalist Barney Greenway after the departure of Lee Dorrian. The album is widely considered to be a classic, though Greenway revealed in an interview with The Jasta Show that he actually prefers 1992's Utopia Banished.

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Greenway said Utopia Banished was what he wanted Harmony Corruption to be in terms of harshness and extremity, and that he doesn't love the production on Harmony Corruption. Greenway is careful to point out that his dislike of Harmony Corruption's production has nothing to do with Scott Burns as a producer – it was just a product of its time and was produced in line with the sound back then.

"Harmony Corruption is a really funny album because there is a lot of people that come to us, they'll say 'right. My favorite albums [are] Scum or Harmony Corruption.' When people present that to me and they're like, 'yeah, [Harmony Corruption] is the best,' [and] I'm like 'no, not it's not actually.'"

"Utopia Banished to me was a better album, and recording it was better. It's more harsh, it's more extreme – it's what I actually wanted to do [and] what I would have preferred to do with Harmony Corruption. I like the Harmony Corruption album. I like the songs on there, some of them. Some of the moments on there, not so great for me. But the production… I'm not blaming anybody for this because Scott did what Scott thought he should do, you know, for other bands, and it's not bad. It's just not a Napalm Death production as far as I'm concerned.

"Having said all that, it is a product of its time and it was a stepping stone for us to go other places as a band and so I wouldn't change it for the world, you know? I've no interest in doing a remix or recording any of the tracks."

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And to clarify – Greenway makes it clear through the interview that Napalm Death is not at all interested in re-recording old material or doing reissues unless there's a genuinely good reason for it.

Napalm Death and Brujeria will hit the road this October for their Campaign For Musical Destruction Tour. The tour will feature Frozen Soul on most dates, as well as appearances from MDC and Cryptic Slaughter. Get the full routing below.

w/ Brujeria

10/12 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
10/13 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
10/14 Bend, OR – Domino Room
10/15 Seattle, WA – The Showbox (w/ Cryptic Slaughter)
10/16 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom (w/ Cryptic Slaughter)
10/18 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
10/19 Denver, CO – Bluebird

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w/ Brujeria, Frozen Soul & MDC

10/21 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
10/22 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10/23 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
10/25 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small's
10/26 Bensalem, PA – Broken Goblet
10/27 Boston, MA – Paradise
10/28 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
10/29 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/31 Carrboro, NC – Cat's Cradle

w/ Brujeria & Frozen Soul

11/1 Athens, GA – 40 Watt
11/3 Orlando, FL – The Social
11/4 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
11/5 West Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street
11/7 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
11/8 Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
11/9 Nashville, TN – Basement East

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w/ Brujeria, Frozen Soul & MDC

11/11 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
11/12 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
11/13 Austin, TX – Mohawk
11/14 Denton, TX – Rubber Gloves

w/ Brujeria & Frozen Soul

11/16 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Outdoors
11/17 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/18 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
11/19 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater (w/ Cryptic Slaughter)

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