Posted in metal | music on March 20, 2013

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Napalm Death at Gramercy, Oct 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Napalm Death

News flash: Napalm Death are loud. The Bringham grind legends are apparently so loud that The Victoria & Albert Museum in the UK is cancelling their free appearance there as part of an exhibit:

The free gig was to be a collaboration with The Victoria & Albert Museum's ceramic artist in residence, Keith Harrison, and the band were to play through a clay PA system, which would eventually "explode" due to the noise.

But, as The Times reports, the museum released a statement blaming the band's extremely loud metal music for the cancellation, amid fears that the vibrations could damage priceless artefacts and dismount other exhibits from walls and ceilings.

The statement said: "It is with regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the one-off Napalm Death performance.

"This was due to take place in the Europe Galleries which are currently being refurbished and a further safety inspection has revealed concerns that the high level of decibels generated by the concert would damage the historic fabric of the building."-[Telegraph]

Judge exactly how loud Napalm Death is when they hit the road for a string of dates in June as part of the Decibel tour. Look for that to hit non-museum Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 5. Tickets are still available.

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Comments (32)

Not sure uf this is relevant, but one time my neighbor pounded on my door because the noise eminating from my vintage 1950's food processor was shaking the floorboards as it mashed up a fresh batch of chickpeas.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 1:37 PM

...because you can't turn down an amplifier or PA. This story totally makes sense.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 1:42 PM

The museum was afraid of the glory holes that would surface all over the building

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 1:57 PM

Yeah, you're right 1:37. It's not relevant.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 2:00 PM

A ceramic glory hole? That sounds like a short step from a urinal glory hole. Discrete, yet airtight.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 2:02 PM

OK, the lunch rush should be over by 2:00 so we should have the pizza delivery sausage crew try to be funny any time now

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 2:11 PM

2:11- As opposed to the Lenny Bruce level of scarf humor demonstrated?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 2:27 PM

It's been a long time since there was a good scarf/sausage fight... not that this counts. This is pretty fucking lame all around. I'm just saying it's been a long time.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 2:35 PM

he can scream all he wants in my bed

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 2:56 PM

"Lenny Bruce level of scarf humor demonstrated"

SMH @ U, sausage. Just SMH

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 3:03 PM

I guarantee 2:27 has never suffered through Lenny Bruce footage. He wasn't funny. Next time reference someone you actually know about.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 3:28 PM

Good publicity stunt.

Although, watching a band play LOUD until the amp explodes sounds amazing. Art-wise or Metal-wise.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 3:41 PM

Do the Brits wear cammo cargo shorts, or just long leg variety?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 3:58 PM

3:28- Just because you has to Wiki Lenny Bruce don't make us all suffer with your pathetic comeback.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:40 PM

3:03- I am impressed with how you conveyed absolutely nothing with the least amount of characters. Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:41 PM

Bringham? Don't you mean Birmingham?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:53 PM

"Just because you has to Wiki Lenny Bruce don't make us all suffer with your pathetic comeback."

Can someone please translate this into any human language for me?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 5:00 PM

Those are obviously Dockers, not camo shorts.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 10:36 PM

5:00-you got me. I typo-ed "has" instead of "had" and neglected a comma after "Bruce". Your argument is more fundamentally sound than mine.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 12:03 AM

You can't just "turn down the PA"...the PA has to be at least as loud as the drums - which can't be turned down!

Posted by YouKnowNothing | March 21, 2013 8:25 AM

Sorry - I'm just catching up. Is someone trying to say Lenny Bruce was funny?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 9:27 AM

Napalm Death is loud, but great!!

Posted by Cambridge Satchel | March 21, 2013 10:14 AM

"...watching a band play LOUD until the amp explodes sounds amazing. Art-wise or Metal-wise."
Agreed. But its as much a stunt for the band, as it is the artists.

I would, also, totally love to see this.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 10:28 AM

9:27- I see what you did there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 5:07 PM

8:25 - and I guess that Napalm's drums are magically louder than any other band's drums.

Posted by NoYouAreActuallyKindaDumb | March 21, 2013 6:13 PM

Too loud for stadium :)

Posted by Kassi | March 22, 2013 8:43 AM

Not crusty enough

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2013 9:56 AM

They should book a library next.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2013 9:46 AM

^ oh damn I see what you did there! good show my friend. stay frosty.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2013 10:07 AM

Loud but not as loud as god.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2013 10:27 AM

yea, that would surface all over the building.

Posted by ArCondicionadoAutomotivo | July 27, 2014 12:10 PM

This song... Just perfect <3 I missed hearing tunes like this

Posted by Kni | September 23, 2014 10:01 AM

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