Napalm Death Release “Backlash Just Because” Single and Lyric Video



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July 24, 2020, Birmingham, UK – U.K. grindcore pioneers Napalm Death, who recently announced the release of their first album in five years, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism (Sept. 18, Century Media Records), have released the first single and lyric video from the highly-anticipated album: “Backlash Just Because” (

Napalm Death vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway said of the track, which debuted yesterday on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal with Jose Mangin: “This song in particular really spurred me on when I was writing lyrics for the album overall. It’s raucous and traditional, but also quirky and discordant and ultimately catchy-as-anything in the context of rampaging noise. Lyrically it was directed at the spiteful art of creating easy targets and fomenting paranoia and revulsion, which is something that I feel has become de rigueur in very recent times. I really let loose on the more sporadic vocals at the end of the song – it’s a real barkfest at that point. Lovely.”

Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2015 album, Apex Predator – Easy Meat, and is the sixteenth studio album effort by Napalm Death. It was again recorded with longtime producer Russ Russell and features artwork by Frode Sylthe.

From the pinnacle of confrontational instrumental extremity and steadfast lyrical humanity, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism warps musical landscapes all over again. The 12-song release is seething with caustic evolution and unrelenting scope.

Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism cover

Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism track list (standard edition):

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. A Bellyful of Salt and Spleen

Next to the jewel case CD edition of the album, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is also available digitally and as a limited mediabook CD (+ patch) with 3 bonus tracks: “Feral Carve-up,” “White Kross” (Sonic Youth cover) and “Blissful Myth” (Rudimentary Peni cover). The vinyl version of the album includes a double-sided A2 poster and the bonus track “Air’s Turned Foul in Here” in the following 180g. Variations and limitations:

Black LP – unlimited

“Germicidal yellow swirled vinyl” – 250 copies from Century Media Records webshop

“Stressed sanguine blood smear vinyl” – 500 copies from indie stores

“Mucus with envy swirled vinyl” – 250 copies from Revolver

“De-weaponised steel and black swirled vinyl” – 200 copies from Decibel Magazine

The pre-order for Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism in its various formats is starting today here:

Earlier this year, Napalm Death released a quickly sold-out 7”/digital EP entitled “Logic Ravaged By Brute Force” to enhance their latest and extremely successful European touring run and to begin the campaign for the upcoming Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism studio album.

Check out “Logic Ravaged By Brute Force”:

Or stream the EP via Spotify:

Stay tuned for further details on Napalm Death’s upcoming studio album and touring plans coming soon.


Photo credit: Gobinder Jhitta; left to right: Shane Embury, Mark “Barney” Greenway, Danny Herrera