Barney Greenway

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Mark Greenway
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Mark "Barney" Greenway performing alongside Napalm Death at Tampere, Finland, 2009
Background information
Birth nameMark Andrew Greenway
Also known asBarney
Born (1969-07-13) 13 July 1969 (age 49)
Great Barr, Birmingham, England
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1987–present
Associated acts

Mark Andrew "Barney" Greenway (born 13 July 1969) is a British extreme metal vocalist, who is currently the lead vocalist of Napalm Death, [1] and was formerly a member of Extreme Noise Terror, [2] and Benediction. [3]

Extreme metal is a loosely defined umbrella term for a number of related heavy metal music subgenres that have developed since the early 1980s. It has been defined as a "cluster of metal subgenres characterized by sonic, verbal and visual transgression".

Napalm Death British grindcore band

Napalm Death are a British extreme metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group since December 1986, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent of the band's career since 1992's Utopia Banished, although, from 1989 to 2004, Napalm Death were a five-piece band after they added Jesse Pintado as the replacement of one-time guitarist Bill Steer; following Pintado's departure, the band reverted to a four-piece rather than replace him.

Extreme Noise Terror are a British extreme metal band formed in Ipswich in 1985 and one of the earliest and most influential grindcore bands, particularly in the crustgrind fusion genre. Noted for one of the earliest uses of dual vocalists in hardcore, and for recording a number of sessions for BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, the band started as crust punks and helped characterise the early, archetypal grindcore sound with highly political lyrics, fast guitars and tempos, and often very short songs.


Greenway has stated his nickname "Barney" came from a time when he used to drink alcohol. He stated he would get so drunk that when he went anywhere, he would bump into everything. From this behaviour, he would be called "Rubble", which changed to "Barney Rubble" and then just "Barney". [4]

Barney Rubble fictional human

Barney Rubble is a fictional character who appears in the television animated series The Flintstones. He is the diminutive, blond-haired caveman husband of Betty Rubble and adoptive father of Bamm-Bamm Rubble. His best friend is his next door neighbor, Fred.


Greenway was initially the vocalist of death metal band Benediction from 1989 until he joined Napalm Death the following year, replacing the band's previous vocalist Lee Dorrian, who later founded doom metal band Cathedral. Prior to joining Napalm Death, Greenway had worked as an engineer within the motor industry in Birmingham. [5]

Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. It typically employs heavily distorted and low-tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, aggressive, powerful drumming featuring double kick and blast beat techniques, minor keys or atonality, abrupt tempo, key, and time signature changes, and chromatic chord progressions. The lyrical themes of death metal may invoke slasher film-stylized violence, religion, occultism, Lovecraftian horror, nature, mysticism, mythology, philosophy, science fiction, and politics, and they may describe extreme acts, including mutilation, dissection, torture, rape, cannibalism, and necrophilia.

Benediction (band) band

Benediction are a British death metal band formed in 1989. Their first album, Subconscious Terror, was released in 1990. In October 2001, they released Organised Chaos through Nuclear Blast. This is the first album with the new vocalist Dave Hunt. Their latest album is Killing Music, released in 2008.

Lee Dorrian British singer

Lee Dorrian is an English singer, best known as a former member of Napalm Death and later frontman of Cathedral.

Greenway's first album with Napalm Death, Harmony Corruption represented a shift in the band's musical style, incorporating a more death metal-oriented sound. The albums that followed this, including Utopia Banished , Fear, Emptiness, Despair and Diatribes saw the band delve further into the aforementioned style whilst also incorporating elements of groove metal.

<i>Harmony Corruption</i> album

Harmony Corruption is the third studio album by Napalm Death, released in 1990 on Earache Records.

<i>Utopia Banished</i> 1992 studio album by Napalm Death

Utopia Banished is the fourth studio album by the British band Napalm Death. The album was released in 1992 by Earache Records. It is the first album featuring Danny Herrera on drums following the departure of Mick Harris.

<i>Fear, Emptiness, Despair</i> 1994 studio album by Napalm Death

Fear, Emptiness, Despair is the fifth studio album by British grindcore band Napalm Death, released on 31 May 1994. Napalm Death's inclusion on the Mortal Kombat soundtrack brought significant exposure to the band and this album, alongside the fact that the band's label Earache had formed a partnership with Columbia Records which allowed the album to disseminate to a wider audience. RAW magazine listed Fear, Emptiness, Despair as one of the essential album of the 1990s.

Greenway and Napalm Death parted ways in 1996, with bassist Shane Embury referring to the long unrest that had been present between Greenway and the remainder of the band. [6] Greenway later joined Extreme Noise Terror to record vocals on their album Damage 381, [7] with Extreme Noise Terror's vocalist Phil Vane joining Napalm Death to record vocals on their album Inside the Torn Apart . Vane and Napalm Death however were incompatible according to Embury, and after discussions between Greenway and the band, Greenway returned to record the vocals for the above album. [6]

Shane Embury British musician

Shane Embury is a British bassist and, since 1987, a member of grindcore and death metal band Napalm Death.

<i>Inside the Torn Apart</i> 1997 studio album by Napalm Death

Inside the Torn Apart is the seventh studio album by British extreme metal band Napalm Death. It was released by Earache in June 1997 on double vinyl, regular CD, digipak CD and MC.

Greenway has remained with Napalm Death since 1997 and have since released a number of critically acclaimed albums.

Personal life

Greenway is a progressive metal fan. He joined Dream Theater on stage at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and performed vocals on Metallica's "Damage, Inc." live. [8] He has reviewed progressive metal bands and albums for the British rock magazine Kerrang! though he no longer does so. [9] He has also stated his admiration for bands such as Motörhead and Throbbing Gristle, stating that the former's album, Ace of Spades , is his all-time favourite album. [10] Greenway is also a voracious reader. [10]

Progressive metal is a fusion genre melding heavy metal and progressive rock that combines the loud "aggression" and amplified guitar-driven sound of the former with the more experimental, cerebral or "pseudo-classical" compositions of the latter.

Dream Theater American progressive metal band

Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further on the band that would ultimately become Dream Theater. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together until September 8, 2010, when Portnoy left the band. Mike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29, 2011.

Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club jazz club in soho, london

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club is a prominent jazz club which has operated in London since 1959.

Greenway is a supporter of Aston Villa F.C.. [11] He is a supporter of many animal rights organisations including PETA and has been a vegetarian since he was 14, and vegan since 2012. [12] [13] Barney is recognisable for his strong Birmingham accent which has never waned and which he proudly maintains, and for his distinctive gruff vocal style that many feel has become synonymous with Napalm Death. Greenway is an atheist. [14]


With Napalm Death

With Benediction

With Extreme Noise Terror

Other appearances

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<i>Mass Appeal Madness</i> 1991 EP by Napalm Death

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<i>Diatribes</i> (album) 1996 studio album by Napalm Death

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Dave Ingram British singer

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<i>The Code Is Red...Long Live the Code</i> 2005 studio album by Napalm Death

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<i>Noise for Musics Sake</i> 2003 compilation album by Napalm Death

Noise for Music's Sake is a double-disc compilation by British band Napalm Death. It was released on 8 July 2003 on Earache Records. This album is a retrospective of the band's entire career. The first disc is a best-of compilation; the second disc contains rarities. The booklet includes 20 pages with interviews of band members Shane Embury and Mark "Barney" Greenway. It also includes a guide to all the songs from the second disc, and a complete "Family Tree" detailing every person who was ever in the band.

<i>Death by Manipulation</i> 1991 compilation album by Napalm Death

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<i>Bootlegged in Japan</i> 1998 live album by Napalm Death

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<i>Words from the Exit Wound</i> 1998 studio album by Napalm Death

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<i>Punishment in Capitals</i> 2002 live album by Napalm Death

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<i>Death Erotica</i> 1992 studio album by Cerebral Fix

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