“How The Years Condemn”, the new video from British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH, can be seen above. The clip is composed by live footage shot in North America by Doug Brown and enhanced by animation courtesy of Costin Chioreanu of Twilight Media. The song is taken from the band’s 15th studio album, “Apex Predator – Easy Meat”, which was released on January 27 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The CD’s striking artwork was created by Danish designer Frode Sylthe (Friktion.com), who has previously worked on the band’s “Utilitarian” album as well as with such other acts as AT THE GATES, TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER, THE HAUNTED and BURST.
Says NAPALM DEATH singer Mark “Barney” Greenway: “Subject-wise, I think this is one of the more open-ended of the tracks that we have in the sense that everybody has their own ideas toward living a vibrant and fulfilling life. To me, Costin expertly captured some elements that can be detrimental to that and keep us in a bubble: becoming progressively stupefied by television / mass media… leaving unnecessary burdens upon another person sharing life with us… only seeing an altered perspective through the bottom of a bottle or suchlike.”
He continues: “Don’t misunderstand, this is not an anti-alcohol / intoxicant song — as some might conclude — but more to understand that any form of stimulant that controls us rather us controlling it (from TV to drugs and many things inbetween) really can impair and reduce the quality of life that is possible for our finite time on earth.”
Adds NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury: “‘How The Years Condemn’, I guess, is a term that’s used for many reasons. For me, I first heard it from a guy who later became a friend of mine in a hospital bed next to me three years ago, as we passed the time talking about why we had both ended up there! It was at that point and then the following six days afterwards that I said to myself that enough was finally enough! I thought about how lucky I was to be doing what I had always dreamed of doing, and in doing so, the awesome people, friends and loved ones that I had met and who now accompany me on this strange journey called life. To my loved ones I realized I had been selfish and it was time for a change, a realization that we are not invincible nor are we indestructible.”