Review by Death8699 on October 31, 2019.
This is vintage Napalm Death at their absolute finest. What an intense and insane musical noise terror. "Barney" on vocals coming from Benediction, Shane on bass from Unseen Terror, Jesse via Terrorizer, Mick Harris (who discovered N/D in 1985 at a local pub) and Mitch Harris from Righteous Pigs. All-star cast and intense death/grind genres. The band has changed too much from what they originally started as a grindcore act. With Mick behind the set and "Barney" featuring more death metal-oriented vocals (also different from nowadays). The band plays 20+ songs on this monumental live concoction. It is really entertaining and well played out the whole way through.
Intensity and love for the extreme music, Napalm Death just kills here. Too bad that Mick left the band back in 1991--they've not been the same without him. I'm not really sure why he left either he only owns a pair of drumsticks now doesn't even play the drums anymore. Mick and Mitch had a falling out some time ago, they had their act called Defecation way back in the early 90's. I suppose Mick just stopped liking the extreme music, Harmony Corruption I think would be their best album ever. What's played on here i.e. Live Corruption is a combination of songs from Scum, From Enslavement To Obliteration, The Peel Sessions and Harmony Corruption.
Really I need to re-order the actual DVD of this live album because the intensity is so there. These guys know how to give an awesome show back then and I think still put on a good live show even though Jesse died, and Mick is gone. Danny could never live up to Mick's talents behind the set, but at least the band is still active. They formed way in the early 80's, 1981 I think. Their lyrical topics are taken from heavy political standpoints and society. They sing about things that I think people can really relate to. I don't agree with everything that they right about, but I still think that they really put a lot of thought and time into what they choose to write about.
This live video with them at their peak is played with utmost precision. I especially like the newer tracks like "Malicious Intent", "If The Truth Be Known" and "Suffer The Children." That doesn't at all mean that I dislike their earlier stuff. It's actually played on here very well by Mitch and Jesse dishing out the grind riffs and a live production sound that's super high-end quality. "Barney" is at his finest, he changed his vocal style on the newer outputs. I'd rather stick with the past work with him especially on Harmony Corruption and Utopia Banished. They should've stayed death/grind but decided the path that they did and are still high end intensity on newer live shows.
I think that they really lost their spirit nowadays with newer albums. Again, the music here is just brutal with riffs that are blazingly fast. Mick played a role in getting them to play at their peak with their intensity. Simply amazing. His blast beating has become an interest and influence on newer death/grind bands like Nausea, et al. He really had that super intensity that was unequivocal. "Barney" is totally "chuffed" in terms of dishing out the death metal style of vocals. Amazing that the whole band came together and just annihilated the spectators. I wished that I could've seen them on Harmony Corruption tour with Mick in the band. But he had left and never got to see him live unfortunately.
This whole output is simply extreme noise terror, even the founder of Earache records who knew the band when they had just formed in the early 80's would agree. I don't think that there are any songs on here that I don't like. Some are like 5 seconds long like "Dead" as an example. But yeah, these guys would probably be more likeable if they kept at the death/grind they were so good at. Some other good songs that were newer at the time were also admirable like "Mindsnare" and "Extremity Retained." All songs were played with precision and each band member gave a little commentary on politics, musical interests (mellow to extreme) and overall it was an outstanding performance.
Rating: 10 out of 1092