In the past year, British toy company Zee Productions has taken the wold by storm with their Rock Saws imprint, which produces jigsaw puzzles out of the covers of everyone’s favorite metal, punk, and rock album covers. But while Judas Priest and Queen jigsaw puzzles feel in some ways kind of wholesome — even Slayer jigsaw puzzles feel more classic than terrifying — the latest band Rock Saws has taken on seems a little confrontational: grindcore pioneers Napalm Death.
Rock Saws have just announced that the covers of both Napalm Death’s 1987 debut Scum and their 1993 album Utopia Banished are available to pre-order as puzzles. Both have 500 pieces, and will ship on November 6th of this year.
Here’s the Scum puzzle:
And here’s Utopia Banished:
If you’re bored on a rainy day and wish you could punch a politician’s trachea out, these are a solid alternative. Preorder Napalm Death’s puzzles at Rock Saws’ website.
Earlier this year, Napalm Death announced a new album, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism, due out September 18th from Century Media Records. According to Napalm Death vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway, the LP’s title connects with its greater theme.
“The phrase sticking in my mind when I started thinking about the lyrical direction for this album was ‘the other,’” he explained. “You could recognise at the time that there was a rapidly growing fear and paranoia being generated about everybody, from migrating people to people with fluid sexuality and this was starting to manifest itself in very antagonistic reactions that you felt were almost verging on violence. Not everybody resorts to such reactions of course, but even the basic lack of understanding can become toxic over time. I’m not saying that this is an entirely new phenomenon, but it has been stoked in recent history by some particularly attack-minded people in more political circles and, as ever, I felt that it would be the natural antidote to endorse basic humanity and solidarity with all.”
Of the artwork, Greenway noted, “The artwork specifically uses a white dove as a centrepiece, which of course is a commonly recognised symbol of peace and cooperation. The dove has been mauled very violently by a sterilising hand and in death appears particularly broken and bloodied. However, through the violence you can see an equality symbol in blood on the chest of the dove, which perhaps demonstrates — visually at least — that equality cuts through in the end. A positive amidst many negatives then, much like the album title itself being a bit of an oxymoron – the celebration of humanity even in the mangling jaws of negativity.”
Check out the awesome, yet very horrifying, cover for Throes below:
And listen to the lead single, “Backlash Just Because,” below:
Words by Chris Krovatin