Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death have just released the next in their long line of landmark tracks. 'Leper Colony' is the first track to be released from the grind band's upcoming 14th full-length album, 'Utilitarian.'

Although Napalm Death were one of the first grindcore/extreme metal bands in history, their sound has remained on the cutting edge of how heavy a band can possibly be. 'Leper Colony' continues that tradition as the current forefront of Napalm Death's upcoming 'Utilitarian' LP.

In an earlier press release, vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway explained the title of the band's next release, which is based on the philosophy pioneered by John Stuart Mill:

"After some deliberation, we have decided on 'Utilitarian' as the album title," Greenway revealed. "We generally try to avoid generic titles, and this seemed to have a lot of scope to it. I won't explain the full meaning of utilitarianism here because it's an ethical theory, and as ethical theories go, the depth and debate around it is quite heavy at times. It has a certain 'morality' aspect to it and that isn't something that drives me, so I also certainly have issues with it."

Greenway continued, "So, rather than just nail that straight to the mast, of course we wanted to put our own spin on it by suggesting that those (i.e. the utilitarian in us, perhaps) who try to challenge everything, or fight against conventions, well, we go through periods of real self-doubt where we wonder if we're really making a difference. I suppose the conclusion is that, for the sake of all our freedoms, you should never stop, as even the feeling of resistance is at least a signal to those who would like to entirely control and dominate us — meaning everything from our instinctive behavior to our human entitlement to walk the earth unprovoked."

In addition to releasing the new track 'Leper Colony,' Napalm Death are also issuing the limited-edition 'Analysis Paralysis' 7" EP.

'Utilitarian' is set for release Feb. 28 in North America via Napalm Death's longtime label, Century Media.