Napalm Death
Apex Predator - Easy Meat


4.5
superb

Review

by Telekinetic USER (12 Reviews)
July 16th, 2015 | 37 replies


Release Date: 01/27/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Once again Napalm Death keep themselves relevant

There is much to be said about Napalm Death, even enough to fit a review on an album in Sputnik, a long one but I'm not going to do that, I'll keep it brief and get to where this album stands stylistically.

Back in '87 napalm death released one of the most important records to metal of all time. It may not have been the best of its kind and there were others that topped it at around the same time but it was the most important of its kind. That album was as all who is probably reading this knows is "Scum." But the story doesn't end there Napalm Death then perfected the ideas and techniques put forth on scum with "Enslavement to Obliteration",then they decided to let off the grindcore and put their focus on other forms of metal (which were also relatively new and experimental at the time such as groove metal). Then 13 years later after multiple member changes they had released "Enemy of the Music Business." This album was a game changer for Napalm Death as it allowed a band that was beginning to deteriorate find a sound that somehow made them feel relevant again, even in the second decade into their career. With "Enemy of the Music Business," they have created a new general approach to their songwriting style that they could easily toy with and keep relatively consistent with making them able to last even longer. They've kept with this for 15 years now and they have come to their 15th record: "Apex Predator: Easy Meat."

Now that I'm done rambling on about the band's past, let's move on to the album!

There is nothing outstandingly new here about Napalm Death (surprise) but this album sure has that kick to it that Napalm Death has had for the past 15 years.But this definitely has one of the more potent kicks they have had in the past 15 years maybe even as strong as the one in "Enemy of the Music Business." The only thing that has really lessened that kick in the past 15 years were minor things that they have improved upon and forgotten about maybe a few records later then such as album flow, consistency, and production. But this time around Napalm death has gotten a solid grip on all of the above and has pulled out a record that once again stands head and shoulders above many other death metal bands.

On this album, the album art pretty well describes the sound of it pretty well. The production is much more raw than say "Utilitarian", the album is as straight forward as a freeway and has variety like the delicious chunks of tenderized weakling on the album cover. Every track stand on its feet with complete balance and always has something hard hitting and unique about it. From the speed and ferociousness of "Smash a Single Digit" to the catchiness of "How the Years Condemn", this album has everything any napalm death fan could wish for. They even utilize cleans decently in the title track, "Dear Slum Landlord..." And "Hierarchies" without feeling tacked on for the sake of variety.

This feels like it could possibly be the most well thought through Napalm Death album yet. With that being said, all the flaws that may have hindered Napalm Death in the past 15 years feel like they have been sanded off and polished over like an old wooden rocking chair moving into a new house where the owner is a carpenter.

Napalm Death once again show that they are not old hicks trying to relive their past. They show that they are willing to be consistent but yet change with the times which is a hard balance to keep but they have successfully done it since Scum and they should be saluted for that.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BMDrummer
July 16th 2015


13860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

goes hard

Tunaboy45
July 16th 2015


14874 Comments


ughh I still need to listen to this

Digging: Lorde - Melodrama

BigPleb
July 16th 2015


50356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

METAAAAAPHORIIICALLLYYY



METAPHORICALLLYYSCREWWWWYOUUUUU



Albums rips so damn hard.

FlyheadMetal
July 16th 2015


2422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is like my 3rd fave nd album tbh lol

Telekinetic
July 17th 2015


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So much for a brief summary on the band

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2015


4280 Comments


Saw these guys at Exit Festival last weekend. The sound was meh (couldn't hear the bass player at all and the drums were half too loud - kick/snare at maximum - the rest were inaudible). Even so, very intense, I don't listen to this kind of music, I was quite stunned lol.

Digging: Sasquatch - Maneuvers

DanielNightLewis
July 17th 2015


1028 Comments


I've said this in other ND threads but they're probably the most consistent heavy band of the last 25 years. One of the few older bands that don't rely on what they did years and years ago.

Ryus
July 17th 2015


14222 Comments


check gorguts

Digging: Young Thug - Beautiful Thugger Girls

adr
July 17th 2015


11584 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no u check this cuz it's good

Thibs
July 17th 2015


2596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ryus, check new napalm

Ryus
July 17th 2015


14222 Comments


i did it was good

nice dig thibs

BigPleb
September 8th 2015


50356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New video for 'How the Years Condemn': http://youtu.be/g5_AtVKQFv8

Thibs
September 9th 2015


2596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HOW THE YEARS CONDEEEEEMN!

awesome

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2015


12732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So theyve now done videos for my 2 favourite tracks off the album sweeet

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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2015


10206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album, slightly below Utilitarian for me but still great

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zakalwe
March 9th 2016


21796 Comments


Nanny zaks favourite

Anthemic
March 10th 2016


331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SMASH A SINGLE SMASH A SINGLE SMASH A SINGLE DIGIT

Tunaboy45
April 11th 2016


14874 Comments


fucking crushing

grannypantys
April 13th 2016


1082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Saw these guys last night. Never knew they were dirty limeys.

Barney still runs his old ass all over the stage and this band is still savage.

Too many breaks in between songs though but I guess the geriatrics gotta catch their breath sometime.

Cryptkeeper
July 13th 2016


1663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never expected to enjoy Napalm Death, might 4 this



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