Napalm Death will almost definitely be immediately recognized by most metal heads. In their near 30-year career, they’ve released some really standout albums in the grindcore genre such as Harmony Corruption, Scum and From Enslavement To Obliteration.
The influence they bring to metal is galaxies ahead of many around them.
January 26 is a day to mark on your calendars. Many bands these days that have been around for an elongated amount of time tend to “phone it in” at this junction in their existence.
Not Napalm Death.
Apex Predator – Easy Meat is not an album where it sounds like the members don’t care. It’s about as chaotic and brutal as anything they’ve ever done in their history, and that’s saying quite a bit.
At this point, it’s pretty impressive that Napalm Death is delivering an album of this magnitude.
It sounds like Napalm Death in their prime but with cleaner production. I’m sure traditionalists would want a little rougher quality, but on this recording, the music shines and very often, at that.
The title track opens things up with a very ominous-sounding beginning. It sets the scene for what is about to take place; pure, unadulterated grind. It reaches it’s plateau and “Smash A Single Digit” gives your eardrums the ferocious blast it needs. 1:26 of mayhem.
The drumming is completely insane as it usually is when it’s manned by the chaotic Danny Herrera. This grinding maniac doesn’t let up all album.
“Metaphorically Screw You” is next and I can’t wait to see the mosh pit when this song gets played live. People are going to lose their minds, literally and figuratively.
“How The Years Condemn” is a catchy little ditty. Well, as catchy as grindcore could get. It has quite a groove about it so it makes sense it was the first song on the release to be debuted to the public. This and “Timeless Flogging” have a very thrashy beat to it and killer bass lines to boot.
Tracks like “Dear Slum Landlord” and “Hierarchy” really show off the diversity of this band as well. Very melodic sounding and a tad slower tempo to really highlight the whole package. My old buddy and N.D. vocalist Barney Greenway slays every which way; I wouldn’t expect any less from him. The vegan madman lets out the legendary regurgitating vocals we all know and love but he also gives us a taste of the clean passages that he’s been really accentuating since their last record Utilitarian.
Apex Predator – Easy Meat is as refreshing as it gets these days. Napalm Death haven’t lost a step at all and I’m beginning to think they never will. The aggression is endless and it creates quite an amazing atmosphere.
It’s a definite 5 out of 5 for me and could hold on to the title of 2015’s best for quite a while.
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