Interview with Barney Greenway of Napalm Death

Napalm has that kind of far reaching influence too. As much as Trap Them sounds like Entombed, they’re appreciating Napalm Death too, and Coliseum certainly. It all seems to fit somehow.

There’s a number of points to that, really. Trap Them’s probably one of my favorite bands at the moment. That’s the reason they’re on the bill, is that we specifically wanted them, we actually really, really pushed to get them. They kind of restored my faith in extreme music a little bit.

I was getting really tired of it, just the same identical stuff, and it was losing its edge a little bit for me, because you’d hear albums and they would all sound the same and a lot of them are very polished and blah, blah, blah, and it’s just like, ‘Okay, this is getting a bit tiresome now.’ I saw them when they were out with Extreme Noise Terror. I only found out about them by accident, and Phil, the singer from Extreme Noise Terror’s like, ‘You’ve got to check this band out, man, they’ll fucking part your eyebrows’ (laughs). And I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, he’s just saying that,’ and I saw them at the Murderfest in L.A., and I was like, ‘Holy fuck.’

They’re not just Entombed to me. I’ve heard that said, they’re just Entombed, but they’re not. They’ve got that Discharge, that real spontaneity about them, that almost improvisational thing about them which I haven’t seen in many bands since the ‘80s, and I just think all around they’re a fucking fantastic band. They’ve got the potential to be something really, really special. And also they write great riffs. They write riffs that have their character to them, rather than just carbon copying other people’s. I really like them. That’s a real favorite of mine. What was the question (laughs)?

Napalm being far reaching.

Yeah, it’s not something that we sort of lie awake at night protesting about, but we’ve always said when people have asked us—people say we’re a metal band, but really that’s a very narrow categorization. We’re a lot more than that. If you’re gonna say that, you could also say we’re a punk band. You could also say we have a bit alternative influence, like The Swans from New York, etc., etc., and Sonic Youth. We bring all that into the Napalm sound. It’s there, you can hear it, it’s not as if it’s hidden. The ‘metal’ is a bit of a narrow categorization. I’m not one to get really snobby or protective about these genre descriptions that people like to use, but for me personally, certainly of late in the last few years, metal for me has become very hard to get excited about. And so, to just categorize Napalm as that—I don’t want to be dull.