|Title:||Apex Predator – Easy Meat|
|Label:||Century Media Records|
Four years after their last LP, some reissues and a series of singles, Napalm Death pound at the door with "Apex Predator – Easy Meat". Anyone remember the thousand people who died in the ruins of a factory in Bangladesh in 2013? On an interview with a famous North American magazine, Barney Greenway said that this event gave him inspiration for this album. The cover art and the title are the first two political messages. The human being, at the top of the food pyramid, exactly in order to avoid hunting and drawing upon its position, produces masses of food at derisory prices: fresh meat for Mankind to its own cost.
The band shows once again its prowess in creating elaborate preludes. The opening Litany slowly turns into a rhythm similar to New Zealand's Haka and paves the way for the savagery of "Smash A Single Digit", the second track. The progress made through the last three albums seems to be linked to the technique and the anger of "Enemy Of The Music Business", reinforcing them by adding more complex arrangements like the Death Metal ones in "Beyond The Pale". The result? "Apex Predator" is a rock-solid album. The quartet produces angry headbenging rhythms like in "Cesspits" or the brutal and awesome "Stunt Your Growth", but also lets us take a breath with the resinous "Dear Slum Landlord". Shane Embury's team brushes up on scales and choruses, but re-paints them with multicolored tints, making them fresh and modern. Carrying on with the listening, you'll find even more: Industrial touches, hints to Possessed, many vocal ideas of Barney or the unusual semi-melodic choirs in the Thrashy "Hierarchies".
After more than thirty years, Napalm Death are still formidable! "Apex Predator" is iridescent, yet steady in its aggressiveness, full of varied tracks and already a candidate for my "Top 5" of this year.