Apex Predator – Easy Meat

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Apex Predator – Easy Meat
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Released23 January 2015 (2015-01-23) [1]
Recorded2014 (2014)
StudioParlour Studios, Kettering
Studio Hostivar, Prague
Griffin Studios, Las Vegas
Genre Grindcore
Length40:04
Label Century Media
Producer Russ Russell
Napalm Death chronology
Napalm Death / Insect Warfare
(2013)
Apex Predator – Easy Meat
(2015)
Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs
(2018)

Apex Predator – Easy Meat is the fifteenth studio album by British grindcore band Napalm Death, released on 23 January 2015 through Century Media. [1] Since the band recorded the album in segments, recording took almost a year. In advance of the release, Napalm Death issued details of the then upcoming album such as artwork and track listing as well as two new songs. The first video clip taken from Apex Predator coincided with the release. Reviews of Apex Predator were overwhelmingly positive, while it also entered a number of American and European charts.

Grindcore is an extreme fusion genre of heavy metal and hardcore punk that originated in the mid-1980s, drawing inspiration from abrasive-sounding musical styles, such as: thrashcore, crust punk, hardcore punk, extreme metal, and industrial. Grindcore is characterized by a noise-filled sound that uses heavily distorted, down-tuned guitars, grinding overdriven bass, high speed tempo, blast beats, and vocals which consist of growls and high-pitched shrieks. Early groups like Napalm Death are credited with laying the groundwork for the style. It is most prevalent today in North America and Europe, with popular contributors such as Brutal Truth and Nasum. Lyrical themes range from a primary focus on social and political concerns, to gory subject matter and black humor.

Napalm Death British grindcore band

Napalm Death are a British extreme metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group since December 1986, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent of the band's career since 1992's Utopia Banished, although, from 1989 to 2004, Napalm Death were a five-piece band after they added Jesse Pintado as the replacement of one-time guitarist Bill Steer; following Pintado's departure, the band reverted to a four-piece rather than replace him.

Contents

Release and promotion

In October 2014, Napalm Death made a press release about the ongoing work on the upcoming album, revealing details of the recording status and some song titles. [2] In the press release vocalist Mark Greenway mitigated concerns about the duration of the album recordings: "The full story is though that we've been recording it in segments to try and achieve varying types of sonic assault." [2] The track "Cesspits" was the first song of Apex Predator – Easy Meat to be presented to the public in advance. It debuted with British music magazine Terrorizer in November 2014. [3] Shortly after, in December, Napalm Death revealed the track listing and artwork, along with comments on the artwork from bassist Shane Embury and Greenway. [4] In January 2015, the band launched the song "How the Years Condemn" online via music magazines Stereogum and Metal Hammer. [5] [6]

<i>Terrorizer</i> (magazine)

Terrorizer is an extreme music magazine published by Dark Arts Ltd. in the United Kingdom. It is released every four weeks with thirteen issues a year and features a "Fear Candy" covermount CD, a twice yearly "Fear Candy Unsigned" CD, and a double-sided poster.

Stereogum is a daily Internet publication that focuses on music news, song premieres, and irreverent commentary. The site was created in January 2002 by Scott Lapatine.

<i>Metal Hammer</i> periodical literature

Metal Hammer is a monthly heavy metal and rock music magazine, published in the United Kingdom by Future and in several other countries by different publishers. Metal Hammer articles feature both mainstream bands and more unusual acts from the whole spectrum of heavy metal music.

Century Media released the album between 23 and 30 January 2015 in different countries on CD, vinyl and MC in different variations and with various extras such as bonus tracks, posters and extended booklets depending on the format. [1] A video clip for the song "Smash a Single Digit" accompanied the release. It was directed by Michael Panduro and is composed of 1093 single drawings. [7] Singer Greenway commented on the capitalism-criticising theme of the video, "It shows nothing of dignity or life's fundamental pleasures — only a snapshot of those unfortunate enough to only be deemed as numbers for production quotas in this world. When a 'digit' has therefore been expended, it is rubbed out (or consumed leaving no trace, as in the case of this video)." [8]

Compact Disc Digital Audio Audio data format used on the compact disc

Compact Disc Digital Audio, also known as Audio CD, is the standard format for audio compact discs. The standard is defined in the Red Book, one of a series of "Rainbow Books" that contain the technical specifications for all CD formats.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic? 8.0/10 [9]
Metacritic 89/100 [10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [11]
Clash 4/5 [12]
Exclaim! 4.5/5 [13]
The Guardian Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [14]
Kerrang! Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [15]
MetalSucks Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [16]
New NoiseStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [17]
Pitchfork 7.9/10 [18]
Revolver Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [19]
SF MediaStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [20]

Upon its release, Apex Predator – Easy Meat received rave reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 89, which indicates "universal acclaim", based on 15 reviews. [10] Thom Jurek of AllMusic wrote that "Apex Predator – Easy Meat ups the ante on all their post-2000 albums," describing the album as "completely unrelenting; thoroughly amazing." [11] Clash critic Geoff Cowart described the album as "both intensely lyrical and supremely musical" commenting that "it plays out in a way that is designed to be perversely uncomfortable for the ears." [12] Writing for Exclaim! , Denise Falzon observed that the band's "traditional characteristics and intellectual concepts, incorporated with new elements and ideas, make Apex Predator - Easy Meat another impressive addition to Napalm Death's spotless catalogue." [13] The Quietus critic Dean Brown thought that "Apex Predator - Easy Meat's hyperactive energy and deadly pacing of its recent predecessors" gives their fans "a diverse and devastating listening experience during what is a quintessential, zeitgeist-destroying grindcore album." [21]

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.

AllMusic Online music database

AllMusic is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands. It launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web.

<i>Clash</i> (magazine)

Clash is a music and fashion magazine and website based in the United Kingdom. It is published four times a year by Music Republic Ltd, its predecessor Clash Music Ltd having gone into liquidation.

Guy Pratt of Revolver stated that "experimentation rife on the record proves that sometimes variety makes grind even better." [19] MetalSucks critic Sammy O'Hagar wrote: "Apex Predator – Easy Meat isn’t the easiest of theirs to like, but it’s still Napalm Death right down to its bones." [16]

<i>Revolver</i> (magazine) bi-monthly rock and heavy metal magazine

Revolver is a metal music and hard-rock magazine, publishing in North America. It has been in print for over 16 years, and is about both established acts and up-and-comers in heavy music. Revolver recently underwent a brand relaunch, including a redesigned print edition and website, intended to embody the art and culture of heavy music.

MetalSucks is a heavy metal music-themed news website. The site features reviews, interviews, information on latest metal releases and blog-like posts from the writers, most notably Vince Neilstein and Axl Rosenberg.

Track listing

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Apex Predator – Easy Meat" Barney Greenway Shane Embury 3:46
2."Smash a Single Digit"GreenwayEmbury1:26
3."Metaphorically Screw You"GreenwayMitch Harris2:05
4."How the Years Condemn"EmburyEmbury2:43
5."Stubborn Stains"GreenwayEmbury3:03
6."Timeless Flogging"GreenwayHarris2:26
7."Dear Slum Landlord..."GreenwayHarris2:00
8."Cesspits"GreenwayEmbury3:33
9."Bloodless Coup"GreenwayHarris2:32
10."Beyond the Pale"HarrisHarris3:04
11."Stunt Your Growth"GreenwayHarris2:06
12."Hierarchies"EmburyEmbury3:14
Japanese edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
13."Caste the Waste"EmburyEmbury3:07
14."One-Eyed"GreenwayEmbury2:49
15."What Is Past Is Prologue"GreenwayHarris2:56
16."Oh So Pseudo"EmburyEmbury2:37
17."Adversarial / Copulating Snakes"GreenwayEmbury5:17
18."Paracide" (Gepøpel Cover)  1:42
LP and MC bonus track, North American Digipak CD bonus track & Mediabook CD bonus track
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
13."One-Eyed"GreenwayEmbury2:49
Mediabook CD bonus tracks
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
14."What Is Past Is Prologue"EmburyEmbury1:38
15."Oh So Pseudo"GreenwayHarris1:42
16."Adversarial / Copulating Snakes"GreenwayEmbury5:17
17."Clouds of Cancer / Victims of Ignorance" (G-ANX cover)  2:06
LP and MC bonus track & North American Digipak CD bonus track
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
14."Adversarial / Copulating Snakes"GreenwayEmbury5:17
LP and MC bonus track
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
15."Critical Gluttonous Mass"GreenwayHarris2:31
North American Digipak CD bonus track
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
15."Oh So Pseudo"GreenwayHarris1:42

Personnel

Napalm Death

Barney Greenway British extreme metal vocalist

Mark Andrew "Barney" Greenway is a British extreme metal vocalist, who is currently the lead vocalist of Napalm Death, and was formerly a member of Extreme Noise Terror, and Benediction.

Shane Embury British musician

Shane Embury is a British bassist and, since 1987, a member of grindcore and death metal band Napalm Death.

Mitch Harris American rock musician

Mitch Harris is an American guitarist, born in Queens, New York, then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, but currently lives in Birmingham, England. He started his career in the grindcore band Righteous Pigs. He did a side project with Mick Harris – then the drummer of grindcore band Napalm Death, called Defecation. Shortly thereafter, he left Righteous Pigs and joined Napalm Death permanently in 1989, firstly appearing on the Harmony Corruption album. He is still with them, playing guitar and back-up vocals. He also participated in the projects Meathook Seed, Little Giant Drug, and Goatlord. In 2013, a featured song called "K.C.S." was included on the album Savages by the band Soulfly that was released on October 4, 2013, and was written by Harris and Max Cavalera.

Additional musicians

Technical personnel

Chart positions

Chart (2015)Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [22] 103
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [23] 111
French Albums (SNEP) [24] 99
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [25] 36
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [26] 64
UK Top Rock Albums [27] 15
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard) [28] 10
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard) [29] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard) [30] 25
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [31] 28
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard) [32] 12

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