Napalm Death from Birmingham, England, are the pioneers of Grindcore, by combining Death Metal and Hardcore Punk elements from 1981 on. While the line-up for most of Napalm’s career was vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera, no one of them played on the recordings of Scum.

Scum was Napalm Death’s debut album, released on Earache Records in 1987 and is a milestone of the genre. While the A side of the record was recorded in August 1986, the B side was recorded in May 1987 in a changed line-up. Only drummer Mick Harris played on both sides of the album.