Utopia Banished

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Utopia Banished
Utopia Banished (Napalm Death album) cover art.jpg
Studio album by
Released23 June 1992 (1992-06-23)
Recorded10 February 1992 (1992-02-10)–19 February 1992 (1992-02-19) and 23 February 1992 (1992-02-23)–2 March 1992 (1992-03-02)
StudioThe Windings, Wrexham, Wales
Genre Death metal, grindcore
Label Earache, Relativity
Producer Colin Richardson, Napalm Death
Napalm Death chronology
Death by Manipulation
Utopia Banished
Live Corruption
Professional ratings
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Utopia Banished is the fourth studio album by the British band Napalm Death. The album was released in 1992 by Earache Records. [2] It is the first album featuring Danny Herrera on drums following the departure of Mick Harris.



A limited edition of this album included a 3" bonus CD; the vinyl release included a bonus 7" containing the same material. [2]

The 2007 re-release came as part of Earache's Classic Metal series with The DVD as bonus disc. [3]

In 2012, Earache Records released a remastered edition on limited edition coloured vinyl and CD digipak. [4]


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". [5]



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. [6]

Track listing

1."Discordance"  1:26
2."I Abstain"Mark GreenwayJesse Pintado3:30
3."Dementia Access"Shane EmburyMitch Harris2:27
4."Christening of the Blind"EmburyEmbury3:21
5."The World Keeps Turning"GreenwayPintado2:55
6."Idiosyncratic"GreenwayEmbury, Pintado2:35
7."Aryanisms"GreenwayEmbury, Harris3:08
8."Cause and Effect (Part II)"GreenwayPintado2:07
9."Judicial Slime"EmburyEmbury2:36
10."Distorting the Medium"GreenwayPintado1:58
11."Got Time to Kill"GreenwayEmbury2:28
12."Upward and Uninterested"GreenwayPintado, Harris2:07
14."Awake (To a Life of Misery)"EmburyHarris2:05
15."Contemptuous"EmburyEmbury, Harris, Pintado4:21


Napalm Death

Technical personnel

Chart positions

Chart (1992)Peak position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [7] 60
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [8] 77
UK Albums (OCC) [9] 58

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