Napalm Death

The Rock, Copenhagen - 2009

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

After a quick and anonymous entrance, Napalm Death went straight to the point and started beating our senses to a pulp with their aggressive grindcore.

The crowd had grown considerably since A Kid Hereafter In The Grinding Light had held the stage; still there was some way to go before selling The Rock out.
Still, it’s not the size that matters, it’s how you do it, isn’t that how the saying goes?
And let me tell you, tonight’s crowd at The Rock knew exactly how to do it!
The moshpit was wild from the start, only growing in intensity for older songs like Suffer The Children, and crowd-surfers and stagediver’s could be seen flying by once in a while. One of these was even lucky enough to share the microphone with Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway for a shout-out. And let’s not forget that Frederik Thaae, vocalist of the support band, was also found jumping around in the pit.

Napalm Death’s show was wild as usual, with breakneck headbanging from Shane Embury and Mitch Harris, and the insane walking of Greenway; however, what really caught my eye was the incredible beating the drums took from Danny Herrera. His hands and feet were just a blur of movement through the entire evening; this was made visible due to the oblique placing of the drumkit on the side of the stage, used instead of the normal front-facing one in the middle.
Greenway also took some time in presenting songs for us, like On The Brink Of Extinction which was sort of a celebration of Charles Darwin, and the “cover song of the night” Nazi Punks Fuck Off (originally by Dead Kennedy’s). Shouts for The World Keeps Turning were heard throughout the crowd, but he had to say he was sorry but it wasn’t on tonight’s setlist...

The show was ended with the comment; “See you all soon, I’m sure!”, and I could only think to myself, yes, sooner than you might think; the very next day we saw them again in Gothenburg at the Metaltown festival.

I was surprised about how grabbed I was by the show; I’m not normally into the extreme metal scene, but Napalm Death’s intense and intimate in-your-face performance this night surely provided a great ending to my evening.

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