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  • Summary: The 16th full-length studio release for the British grindcore band was produced by Russ Russell.
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  1. Sep 23, 2020
    91
    Embury took this record as an opportunity to redefine what the band’s sound can successfully encompass. Together with Greenway’s thought-provoking lyrics, Embury delivered a set of songs so good that they made the band’s recent victories seem conservative in retrospect. Even the bonus tracks course with vitality. In 2020, Napalm Death remain — to quote one their series of cover albums — leaders not followers.
  2. Classic Rock Magazine
    Sep 25, 2020
    90
    Every second feels vital, vicious and vastly more exciting than a band approaching their fortieth anniversary has any right to be. [Oct 2020, p.84]
  3. Sep 23, 2020
    80
    Always honing and building upon their sound, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is an outstanding testament to Napalm Death's continued legend and evolution.
  4. Sep 23, 2020
    80
    It’s not just the righteous fury of the music that makes it so great, either – these are songs built on a truly wide world of extreme sounds, welded together into a unique sonic bomb.
  5. Oct 2, 2020
    80
    Napalm Death continue to exist to push sonic boundaries and challenge dogmas, and it’s great to hear them have fun here while further broadening the vitriolic sound they’ve defined into a singular movement.
  6. Nov 25, 2020
    80
    Napalm Death remain pugilists to the core, and it's in the crucible of that apoplexy that they unearthed the sordidly splendid Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism.
  7. Sep 23, 2020
    80
    Throes of Joy touches raw nerves in a way that feels necessary given the way 2020 has unfolded. Extremity should never be confused as being synonymous with vitality. Once again, Napalm Death have shown us the difference.

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