Genre: Grindcore
Country: England
Label: Century Media Records
Year: 2020

It’s not just hard, it’s probably impossible for a band to write its best album, after almost 40 years of existence and 16 studio albums later. I know “Painkiller” is one of Priest’s cornerstones, but back in 1990 these Βrummies were not bigger that a 20 years old band and it was …only their twelfth album…after all we are dealing with a whole different genre here and a totally different story. After all I didn’t say “Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism” is napalm deaths best album…  What I want to say is that no one could predict that “Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism” would turn to be one of the most interesting releases from them in their entire discography. In fact the album marks their triumph return after five years since 2015’s critically-acclaimed “Apex Predator – Easy Meat”. It’s not only their strong lyrics dealing with society’s real problems, such as immigration, racism in all forms of it and injustice, rather than cheap b’ side horror movies gore. Musically speaking this album could be described as progressive, in terms of mixing so perfectly and damn easily, so many elements from groove to electronic, or post gothic from the 80’s and from grind to southern rock as also from death metal to noise. The electronic elements will remind you Anaal Nathrakh and could fit like a glove to a dystopian soundtrack. The riffs are here, as the guitars are razor sharp and sometimes you feel that they stick to your mind. Some of you may think that the experimentation gone too far, but the final result will prove you wrong. The record has the signature sound of Napalm Death classic line up (as this is Napalm Death’s most consistent and long living lineup featuring 28 years in a row, yet none member is bands original one, still fans consider them as their classic line up) despite the variety of genres they blend. A must buy for all fans of extreme music not only grindcore.

5/6