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Fear, Emptiness, Despair

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Twist The Knife (Slowly)
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Hung
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Remain Nameless
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Plague Rages
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More Than Meets The Eye
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Primed Time
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State Of Mind
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Armageddon X 7
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Retching On The Dirt
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Fasting On Deception
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Throwaway
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 38:50

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Definitive album from 90's Napalm Death

Carlosram78

I remember first seeing the video for "Plague Rages" on Headbangers Ball, back in the day. I was not dissapointed when I purchased the CD, it was as heavy and crushing as an armoured tank.. FED rolls along track by track, pulvurizing the listener with songs that chugged and crunched everything in it's path. There is no filler here. Download the entire album and enjoy.

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Devastation!!!!

EMUSIC-00643C2A

This album pummels you into the ground. I bought the tape when first released and listened to Twist The Knife (Slowly) and had to take a breath. One of the best ever.

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underrated classic

leif3cop

A product of the oft lamented collaboration of Earache & Columbia, "F.E.D." ushers in a new era for Napalm Death in which the grind stalwarts slowed things down a touch, introduced some harmony to their music, & even utilized synthesizers. While the changes may have surprised those familiar with their unrelenting grind attack, the release, when viewed as an individual work, is a stellar addition to the N.D oeuvre. While much of their solid mid-late 1990's work followed a similar template, "F.E.D." is N.D's benchmark for that era.

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Fear Emptiness Despair is the culmination of Napalm Death’s early-’90s meanderings. Everything comes together here, resulting in the album that Harmony Corruption (1990) and Utopia Banished (1992) had foreshadowed — unrelenting grindcore as played by an experienced, technically advanced death metal collective with the guidance of a professional producer (Pete Coleman). “Hung,” “Twist the Knife Slowly,” and “Plague Rages” are hands down some of Napalm Death’s best songs ever, and the remaining songs aren’t far short of the mark. These songs are as ferocious as anything the classic lineup of Napalm Death (i.e., the late-’80s grindcore band) had recorded. They can stand alongside the likes of “Unchallenged Hate” and “Mentally Murdered,” yet they’re intricate and well developed in the manner of the band’s later, more elaborate songs like “Suffer the Children” and “The World Keeps Turning.” Plus, the professional production gives them a glorious, full-color sheen that early, lo-fi Napalm Death simply didn’t have. In the end, it’s really that simple — Fear Emptiness Despair is the culminant album fans had been waiting for, the one that again put Napalm Death atop the field of extreme metal (for a while, at least). It’s not a perfect album, nor is it their be-all, end-all masterwork, but it’s certainly a career highlight and a striking listen. – Jason Birchmeier

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