The fifth full-length album by the legendary British Grindcore/Death Metal band.
Originally titled "Under Rule", the album is notable for its extensive use of midpaced songs and elaborate music structures, similar to previous albums such as "Utopia Banished" and "Harmony Corruption".
"Fear, Emptiness, Despair" is the culmination of Napalm Death's early '90s meanderings. Everything comes together here, resulting in the album that "Harmony Corruption" (1990) and "Utopia Banished" (1992) had foreshadowed - unrelenting Grindcore as played by an experienced, technically advanced Death Metal collective with the guidance of a professional producer (Pete Coleman). "Hung", "Twist the Knife (Slowly)" and "Plague Rages" are hands down some of Napalm Death's best songs ever, and the remaining songs aren't far short of the mark. These songs are as ferocious as anything the classic line-up of Napalm Death (i.e. the late '80s Grindcore band) had recorded. They can stand alongside the likes of "Unchallenged Hate" and "Mentally Murdered", yet they're intricate and well developed in the manner of the band's later, more elaborate songs like "Suffer the Children" and "The World Keeps Turning". Plus, the professional production gives them a glorious, full-color sheen that early, lo-fi Napalm Death simply didn't have.
"Fear, Emptiness, Despair" is the culminant album fans had been waiting for, the one that again put Napalm Death atop the field of Extreme Metal (for a while, at least)! "Fear, Emptiness, Despair" is amongst the finest Death/Grind hybrids of all time if not the best! Napalm Death is certainly one of the best Metal bands of all time, and whilst almost none of their releases slack this stands above a number of them!!
The inclusion of Napalm Death's "Twist the Knife (Slowly)" in the "Mortal Kombat" movie brought the band further acclaim. The soundtrack scored a Top 10 position on the Billboard 200 chart, and went Platinum in less than a year.
Earache Records, 1994 (MOSH 109CD / 926.109). Made in UK.
1. Twist The Knife (Slowly) 2:53
2. Hung 3:50
3. Remain Nameless 3:33
4. Plague Rages 3:51
5. More Than Meets The Eye 3:56
6. Primed Time 3:29
7. State Of Mind 3:32
8. Armageddon X 7 3:16
9. Retching On The Dirt 3:00
10. Fasting On Deception 3:49
11. Throwaway 3:44
Total playing time: 38:53