Smear Campaign (album)

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Smear Campaign
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Studio album by
Released15 September 2006 (2006-09-15)
Recorded18-27 May 2006 and 3-10 June 2006
StudioFoel Studios, Llanfair Caereinion
Genre Grindcore
Length45:09
Label Century Media
Producer Russ Russell
Napalm Death chronology
The Code Is Red...Long Live the Code
(2005)
Smear Campaign
(2006)
Time Waits for No Slave
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Blabbermouth 9.5/10 [2]
Chronicles of Chaos 9/10 [3]
The Metal Forge9/10 [4]
Sea of TranquilityStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [5]

Smear Campaign is the twelfth studio album by grindcore band Napalm Death. It was recorded with producer Russ Russell at Foel Studios, Wales, and was released on 15 September 2006. It was released as a regular CD, and as a digipak edition featuring two bonus tracks and a sticker of the cover artwork. Differently coloured versions of the cover art exist.

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.

Digipak

Digipak is a registered trademark for a patented style of optical disc packaging. A digipak case consists of a rectangle cardboard package with one or more plastic trays capable of holding a CD or DVD attached to the inside. Variations include where the discs sit on a hub or spindle inside. Among commercial audio CD releases, Digipak-style cases are one of the few common alternatives to the somewhat brittle jewel case.

Contents

Shortly before the release, Barney Greenway mentioned that the album features a guest appearance by Anneke van Giersbergen, ex-vocalist for the Dutch rock band The Gathering, saying, "[She] has offered up a few parts to a track, which I've yet to hear. But before some people recoil in horror about Napalm going operatic rock or whatever, this was done for good effect and relevance to the track. It will work. It will rock. I'm sure. And we're grateful to Anneke (who is an awesome vocalist in her own right) in advance for giving it a stab." [6]

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.

Anneke van Giersbergen Dutch musician

Anna Maria van Giersbergen, known artistically as Anneke van Giersbergen, is a Dutch singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist who became known worldwide as the lead singer and songwriter for the Dutch band The Gathering, between 1994 and 2007. She also has a solo career. The project was originally called Agua de Annique, but now goes by her own name.

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Including three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba— it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.

Smear Campaign is a concept album criticising religion in general. [7]

Track listing

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Weltschmerz"Harris1:27
2."Sink Fast, Let Go"Mitch Harris3:22
3."Fatalist"Embury2:50
4."Puritanical Punishment Beating"Harris3:25
5."When All Is Said and Done"Embury3:00
6."Freedom Is the Wage of Sin"Harris3:08
7."In Deference"Harris3:13
8."Short-Lived"Embury3:05
9."Identity Crisis"Harris2:43
10."Shattered Existence"Embury3:10
11."Eyes Right Out"Harris3:13
12."Warped Beyond Logic"Embury1:59
13."Rabid Wolves (For Christ)"Embury1:23
14."Deaf and Dumbstruck (Intelligent Design)"Harris2:45
15."Persona Non Grata"Embury2:46
16."Smear Campaign"Embury2:47

Personnel

Chart positions

Chart (2006)Peak position
French Albums (SNEP) [8] 158

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