|Studio album by|
|Released||23 June 1992|
|Recorded||10 February 1992 –19 February 1992 and 23 February 1992 –2 March 1992|
|Studio||The Windings, Wrexham, Wales|
|Genre||Death Metal, Grindcore|
|Producer||Colin Richardson, Napalm Death|
|Napalm Death chronology|
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.
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.
Mick Harris commonly known and credited both as Mick Harris or occasionally M.J. Harris, is an English musician.
A limited edition of this album included a 3" bonus CD; the vinyl release included a bonus 7" containing the same material.
The 2007 re-release came as part of Earache's Classic Metal series with The DVD as bonus disc.
The DVD is a Napalm Death DVD released by Earache in 2001. The only material seeing release for the first time is the Nottingham show from 1989 and the Killburn National show from 1989. The version of Utopia Banished currently in print features The DVD as a bonus disc.
In 2012, Earache Records released a remastered edition on limited edition coloured vinyl and CD digipak.
The EP "The World Keeps Turning" was released in July 1992 on vinyl and CD and contains two non-album tracks, "A Means to an End" and "Insanity Excursion".
Napalm Death make use of samples in some songs on Utopia Banished. The tracks "Discordance" and "Awake (To a Life of Misery)" sample snippets from 1988 science fiction film They Live while the track "Contemptuous" takes a line from 1987 war film Full Metal Jacket.
Science fiction film is a genre that uses rtd-speculative, fictional science-based depictions of phenomena that are not fully accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception and time travel, along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar travel or other technologies. Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition. In many cases, tropes derived from written science fiction may be used by filmmakers ignorant of or at best indifferent to the standards of scientific plausibility and plot logic to which written science fiction is traditionally held.
They Live is a 1988 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by John Carpenter, and based on the 1963 short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" by Ray Nelson. It follows an unnamed drifter played by Roddy Piper, who discovers that the ruling class are aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to spend money, breed, and accept the status quo with subliminal messages in mass media.
War film is a film genre concerned with warfare, typically about naval, air, or land battles, with combat scenes central to the drama. It has been strongly associated with the 20th century. The fateful nature of battle scenes means that war films often end with them. Themes explored include combat, survival and escape, camaraderie between soldiers, sacrifice, the futility and inhumanity of battle, the effects of war on society, and the moral and human issues raised by war. War films are often categorized by their milieu, such as the Korean War; the most popular subject is the Second World War. The stories told may be fiction, historical drama, or biographical. Critics have noted similarities between the Western and the war film.
|2.||"I Abstain"||Mark Greenway||Jesse Pintado||3:30|
|3.||"Dementia Access"||Shane Embury||Mitch Harris||2:27|
|4.||"Christening of the Blind"||Embury||Embury||3:21|
|5.||"The World Keeps Turning"||Greenway||Pintado||2:55|
|8.||"Cause and Effect (Part II)"||Greenway||Pintado||2:07|
|10.||"Distorting the Medium"||Greenway||Pintado||1:58|
|11.||"Got Time to Kill"||Greenway||Embury||2:28|
|12.||"Upward and Uninterested"||Greenway||Pintado, Harris||2:07|
|14.||"Awake (To a Life of Misery)"||Embury||Harris||2:05|
|15.||"Contemptuous"||Embury||Embury, Harris, Pintado||4:21|
|Bonus 3" CD|
|1.||"One and the Same"||1:50|
|2.||"Sick and Tired"||1:26|
|4.||"Killing with Kindness"||2:01|
|Chart (1992)||Peak position|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||60|
|Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)||77|
|UK Albums (OCC)||58|
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