Napalm Death is a British band formed in 1981. They are generally considered to be the founders of the {{Grindcore}} genre, a fusion of crust punk and extreme metal.

Starting off as an anarcho-punk band, the band eventually developed a SignatureStyle that combined crust punk and post-punk with early extreme metal (eg. Music/CelticFrost, [=Possessed=]). After releasing a couple of albums which are now regarded as landmarks in the grindcore genre, they began taking influence from DeathMetal, playing a combination of grindcore and death metal (known as "deathgrind") to this day. Unlike many other grindcore bands, their lyrics do not focus on gore; the majority of their songs are political in nature.

The band's lineup changed considerably in its early days, and as such there are no founding members remaining. Several of its members have been involved with other notable bands, such as Carcass, Godflesh and Cathedral.

Current lineup:
* Mark "Barney" Greenway vocals (1989-1996, 1997-present)
* Shane Embury bass (1987-present)
* Mitch Harris guitar (1990-present)
* Danny Herrera drums (1991-present)

Past members:
* Vocals:
** Nik Napalm (Nicholas Bullen) (19811986)
** Marian Williams (1984)
** [[Music/{{Cathedral}} Lee Dorrian]] (19871989)
** Phil Vane (19961997)
* Guitar:
** Si O (Simon Oppenheimer) (19811982)
** Daz F (Daryl "Sid" Fedeski) (1982)
** Grayhard (Graham "Robbo" Robertson) (19831985)
** Damien Errington (1985)
** [[Music/{{Godflesh}} Justin Broadrick]] (19851986)
** Frank Healy (1987)
** [[Music/{{Carcass}} Bill Steer]] (19871989)
** Jesse Pintado (19892004)
* Bass:
** Nik Napalm (Nicholas Bullen) (1981, 19851986)
** Grayhard (Graham "Robbo" Robertson) (1982)
** Fin (Finbar Quinn) (19831984)
** P-Nut (Peter Shaw) (1985)
** James (Jim) Whiteley (19861987)
* Drums:
** Rat (Miles Ratledge) (19811985)
** Mick Harris (19851991)

Studio albums:
* ''Scum'' (1987)
* ''From Enslavement to Obliteration'' (1988)
* ''Harmony Corruption'' (1990)
* ''Utopia Banished'' (1992)
* ''Fear, Emptiness, Despair'' (1994)
* ''Diatribes'' (1996)
* ''Inside the Torn Apart'' (1997)
* ''Words from the Exit Wound'' (1998)
* ''Enemy of the Music Business'' (2000)
* ''Order of the Leech'' (2002)
* ''Leaders Not Followers: Part 2'' (2004)
* ''The Code is Red... Long Live the Code'' (2005)
* ''Smear Campaign'' (2006)
* ''Time Waits for No Slave'' (2009)
* ''Utilitarian'' (2012)

Despite their place in music history, they're probably most well-known in the public eye for the song "You Suffer", which was included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest recorded song (precisely 1.316 seconds long).

!!This band displays the following tropes:

* CarefulWithThatAxe: A few songs, including "Twist the Knife (Slowly)" and "Moral Crusade".
* CoverVersion: Barney joined forces with {{Dream Theater}} for a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=510om4YVkOY live cover]] of Music/{{Metallica}}'s Damage, Inc.
* CreativeDifferences: The reason why Justin Broadrick left. In his words, he had "had enough of Napalm Death very, very quickly". Nicholas "Nik Napalm" Bullen did this too before shifting his focus to studying psychology and English literature at a university.
* DeathMetal: Not initially; as mentioned above, they eventually switched to playing deathgrind.
* DreamTeam: They have done a split with legendary {{metalcore}} outfit Music/{{Converge}}.
** Also, the aforementioned collaboration with Dream Theater.
* GenrePopularizer: Whether they were the first grindcore band or not, they certainly caused genre to take off: they coined the term ''and'' are the most successful band in the genre.
* {{Grindcore}}: The TropeMaker and TropeNamer.
* HardcorePunk: Their early demos.
* HarshVocals: Napalm Death are one of the bands responsible for popularising the excessively guttural death growl that became a staple of the heavier death metal bands.
* InNameOnly: None of the original members exist.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: See how many members there have been? Yeah.
** Absolutely no founding members remain in the band, which possibly qualifies them for the largest amount of [[ThePeteBest Pete Bests]] in one band. Interestingly, after losing all their founding members, they've had a more stable line-up than most metal bands.
* MinisculeRocking: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybGOT4d2Hs8 You Suffer]]", which holds the record for the shortest song ever to be recorded: ''one second''.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally a very solid 10.
** "You Suffer" goes up to a standard 11 because of being [[MinisculeRocking very highly compressed]].
* MotorMouth
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Harmony Corruption'', when they started taking on death metal influences.
* ProtestSong: Every song by them. Even [[MinisculeRocking "You Suffer"]] manages to deliver some rather effective lyrics.
* RevolvingDoorBand[=/=]LongRunnerLineup: In the band's early years members walked in and out on a routine basis. However, excepting a brief hiatus of Barney Greenway's in 1996-1997, the lineup has been stable since 1991, making them an example of type 4 of the latter trope.
* ShoutOut: [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Sol Badguy's]] OneHitKill is named after this band.
* SopranoAndGravel: They've been using clean vocals here and there for a while now, with "The Wolf I Feed" and "Fallacy Dominion" being some of the more noticeable examples. Scum Side B features both low-pitched and high-pitched HarshVocals.
* SweetHomeMidlands: The original band members formed in Birmingham, which coincidentally is also the city Music/BlackSabbath and Music/JudasPriest came from.
* [[TropeMakers Trope Maker]]: for {{Grindcore}}, though there were proto-grind bands like Siege, Repulsion, and Music/{{Swans}} that [[UrExample employed many traits of grind in a more primitive form]]. The Japanese hardcore act S.O.B. is the other main claimant to the title of "first grindcore act", though they were considerably closer to hardcore on ''Don't Be Swindle'', which was released around the same time as ''Scum''. In either case, both bands are friends with one another and carry deep mutual respect for their respective works, so it's not as if anything even resembling a rivalry exists.
* [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]: The term "grindcore" was coined by Mick Harris, initially describing the sound of the band Swans to a friend. He also, incidentally, coined the term "blast beat" for the famous drum pattern that became commonplace in almost any form of extreme music (which he was also responsible for helping to popularize).
* VerbalTic: Mark says "you know..." a lot in interviews.
* VocalDissonance: That short-haired, seemingly unassuming guy in the image above is Mark Greenway. Bet you expected him to have a much more menacing look.