Napalm Death – From Enslavement To Obliteration (1988)
Before they added Death Metal to their sonic onslaught, Napalm Death recorded the pinnacle of UK Grindcore in From Enslavement To Obliteration. The sound of urban squalor terrifyingly committed to tape, Napalm Death’s Scum may have been more influential but From Enslavement To Obliteration is the superior album and the culmination of Napalm Death’s fearless experimentation in their early years.
Embracing distortion in all its guises, From Enslavement To Obliteration‘s 27 tracks (including The Curse EP) proved to be a turning point in Grindcore and set the standard for countless bands who were inspired to follow in Napalm Death’s bloodied footsteps.
Napalm Death would splinter after this groundbreaking release; vocalist Lee Dorrian embracing Doom Metal with Cathedral and guitarist Bill Steer concentrating on Carcass, distancing himself from Napalm Death’s political agenda and adding gallons of Gore to his Grind in the process. But, it’s on From Enslavement To Obliteration that these icons of Extreme Metal made their greatest mark; indispensable.
Also Essential: Scum (1987), Mentally Murdered EP (1989)