Review: Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat

Location: Meriden, England, UK
Genre: Grindcore
Released: January 26, 2015
Format Reviewed: FLAC
Feature: Global Conquest – Recent Releases

By: Kris Kotlarik

What else can be said about a band that has been kicking ass and taking names since the early 80’s? They already have one of my favorite band names in recorded history. A number of tracks from them are in constant rotation. My personal favorite is probably “The Public Gets (What The Public Doesn’t Want)” from Enemy of the Music Business, an album that sums up much of this band’s career. Nowadays, the band is just as pissed off at the global state of affairs as ever, as evidenced by this lovely interview from Vice with lead singer Barney Greenway:

Noisey: So first off, I was told that I need to ask you about your Justin Bieber T-shirt.
Barney Greenway: 
Yes, I do have one, I wore it in Russia because I thought it looked quite effeminate, and I wanted to look quite effeminate because they just passed that stupid law to ban promotion of non-traditional sexual practices. It’s quite silly, and I wanted to let them know how stupid their law was.

In many ways, Napalm Death is to the left as Ted Nugent is to the right. Take that as you will; the odds are likely that you won’t be able to understand the lyrics anyway. Vocally, Greenway is as loud and in-your-face as ever.

The best way to describe this album is by revisiting their previous release, Utilitarian, as it follows a similar format.However, I would describe this release as slightly more aggressive than its predecessor. It starts in a very similar way; the title track, which serves as the opener, sounds like a song you would during a trip to an upscale haunted house, making it the album’s standout track. Following this slasher score song comes a number of rapid-fire tracks, only one of which is longer than 3:03 until the closer.

Highlights include the catchy “How The Years Condemn” and “Timeless Flogging,” as well as the aggressive “Cesspits and “Stunt Your Growth.” They also explore more with clean vocals in a similar way to Utilitarian; this can be seen on “Hierarchies.”

I don’t see this album as being the one that will change skeptics’ thoughts about Napalm Death. Like them or not, they are the face of grindcore and will probably remain that way long after they retire. If their recent releases appealed to you, odds are this one will, as well.

One aspect that works as a double-edged sword is the album’s generally continuous flow, especially in the beginning. While it does enhance the listening experience, it’s harder to pinpoint specific tracks that stand out to the listener. Still, this is a solid release from the band that just keeps on grinding.

Overall: Come on, this is fucking Napalm Death we’re talking about here. Bang your heads, you ingrates!

Rating: 3.5*

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