|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.
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.
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.
|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|
|Chart (1992)||Peak position|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||60|
|Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)||77|
|UK Albums (OCC)||58|
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