Noise for Music's Sake

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Noise for Music's Sake
Compilation album by Napalm Death
Released 8 July 2003 (2003-07-08)
Recorded Various
Genre Death metal, grindcore
Label Earache
Producer Various
Napalm Death chronology
Punishment in Capitals
Noise for Music's Sake
Leaders Not Followers: Part 2
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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.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom (UK), officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

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.

Earache Records is an independent record label, music publisher and management company founded by Digby Pearson, based in Nottingham, England with offices in London and New York. It helped to pioneer extreme metal by releasing early grindcore and death metal records between 1988 and 1994. The label roster has since diversified into more mainstream guitar music, working with bands such as Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and The White Buffalo. The company also hosted the 'Earache Express' stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2017 and will be hosting 'The Earache Factory' at Boomtown Fair 2018.


Track listing

Disc one

1."The Kill" Scum 0:20
3."You Suffer"Scum0:01
5."Hung" Fear, Emptiness, Despair 3:48
6."Antibody" Greed Killing 2:50
7."Unchallenged Hate" Mass Appeal Madness 2:07
8."Siege of Power" Suffer The Children 3:32
9."Greed Killing"Greed Killing3:04
10."Suffer the Children" Harmony Corruption 4:20
11."Mass Appeal Madness"Mass Appeal Madness3:28
12."Next of Kin to Chaos" Words from the Exit Wound 4:08
13."Judicial Slime" Utopia Banished 2:37
14."Lucid Fairytale" From Enslavement to Obliteration 1:02
15."If the Truth Be Known"Harmony Corruption4:10
16."Plague Rages"Fear, Emptiness, Despair3:50
17."Social Sterility"Mass Appeal Madness1:12
18."From Enslavement to Obliteration"From Enslavement to Obliteration1:35
19."Lowpoint" Inside the Torn Apart 3:16
20."Contemptuous"Utopia Banished4:22
21."Diatribes" Diatribes 3:50
22."The Chains that Bind Us"Harmony Corruption4:06
23."Armageddon X 7"Fear, Emptiness, Despair3:14
24."Breed to Breathe" Breed to Breathe 3:15
25."The World Keeps Turning" The World Keeps Turning 3:17
26."The Infiltraitor"Words from the Exit Wound4:30
27."Nazi Punks Fuck Off" Nazi Punks Fuck Off! 1:27
Total length:76:38

Disc two

1."Rise Above" Mentally Murdered 2:41
2."Missing Link"Mentally Murdered2:14
3."Mentally Murdered"Mentally Murdered2:09
4."Walls of Confinement"Mentally Murdered2:55
5."Cause and Effect"Mentally Murdered1:23
6."No Mental Effort"Mentally Murdered4:08
7."Pride Assassin"Mass Appeal Madness2:05
8."Avalanche Master Song" (featuring Godflesh, live at ICA, London, 29 June 1990) 5:00
9."One and the Same"Utopia Banished bonus disc1:47
10."Sick and Tired"Utopia Banished bonus disc1:24
11."Malignant Trait"Utopia Banished bonus disc2:17
12."Killing with Kindness"Utopia Banished bonus disc2:01
13."Means to an End"The World Keeps Turning2:56
14."Insanity Excursion"The World Keeps Turning2:15
15."Truth Drug"Fear, Emptiness, Despair bonus track3:50
16."Living in Denial"Fear, Emptiness, Despair bonus track2:58
17."Food Chains" Coalesce split3:14
18."Upward and Uninterested"Coalesce split2:24
19."I Abstain" Utopia Banished Demo3:33
20."Politics of Common Sense"At the Gates split2:59
21."Internal Animosity"Pathological compilation5:19
22."Scum"North Atlantic Noise Attack compilation2:21
23."Life"North Atlantic Noise Attack compilation0:37
24."Retreat to Nowhere"North Atlantic Noise Attack compilation0:27
25."Remain Nameless" (Pete Coleman original mixdown) 3:32
26."Twist the Knife (Slowly)" (Pete Coleman original mixdown) 2:51
27."Deceiver" (with Swanky's Intro, live in Wakken, Belgium, 11 July 1987) 0:47
28."The Traitor" (live at The Mermaid, Birmingham, UK, 1 November 1986) 3:23
29."Abattoir" (live at The Mermaid, Birmingham, UK, 30 March 1986) 3:12
Total length:76:56


Napalm Death

Barney Greenway British extreme metal vocalist

Mark Andrew "Barney" Greenway is a British extreme metal vocalist, who is currently the lead vocalist of Napalm Death, and was formerly a member of Extreme Noise Terror, and Benediction.

Mitch Harris American rock musician

Mitch Harris is an American guitarist, born in Queens, New York, then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, but currently lives in Birmingham, England. He started his career in the grindcore band Righteous Pigs. He did a side project with Mick Harris – then the drummer of grindcore band Napalm Death, called Defecation. Shortly thereafter, he left Righteous Pigs and joined Napalm Death permanently in 1989, firstly appearing on the Harmony Corruption album. He is still with them, playing guitar and back-up vocals. He also participated in the projects Meathook Seed, Little Giant Drug, and Goatlord. In 2013, a featured song called "K.C.S." was included on the album Savages by the band Soulfly that was released on October 4, 2013, and was written by Harris and Max Cavalera.

Electric guitar electrified guitar; fretted stringed instrument with a neck and body that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals

An electric guitar is a guitar that uses one or more pickups to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. The vibration occurs when a guitar player strums, plucks, fingerpicks, slaps or taps the strings. The pickup generally uses electromagnetic induction to create this signal, which being relatively weak is fed into a guitar amplifier before being sent to the speaker(s), which converts it into audible sound.

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