NAPALM DEATH – Apex Predator – Easy Meat (CD)
Birmingham brummies collectively known as Napalm Death is back its newest and sonically obliterating release in the form of “Apex Predator – Easy Meat”.
The passion, anger, frustration, noise and chaos this quartet has injected into this album is skillfully done. There are 14 rounds of head splitting grindcore, with some unique moments, and others totally going off the wall, into uncharted grind territory. “Hierarchies” is a tripped out song with its clean but hypnotic choral arrangements, and goes really well with the slow and aggressive nature of this cut.
“Adversarial – Copulating Snakes” hits like a bolt of lightning when it starts of, and then becomes very heavy and pounds its large metal spikes into your cranial cavity. This song too, comes off sounding mesmerizing with the weird guitar tones that are created by the guitars.
Barney’s vocals are as rough and visceral as they’ve always been, but he is a little more venturing on this album, as tries the more slowed down passages with a darker vibe to his vocals. This attitude also makes Napalm Death’s music even heavier in terms of the song’s overall vibe.
From listening to this album, it is easy to decipher that these guys wanted to add a few more eclectic yet heavier aspects to their music, and it can be said, they succeeded. Napalm Death still sound like Napalm Death in regards to their central style of grindcore, but few of the musical ideas they creatively integrated within their songs sounds heavier than hell.
Fear not, it’s nothing like 1994’s “Fear, Emptiness, Despair” (even though, I enjoyed this release), as “Apex Predator-Easy Meat” reminds a lot of their “From Enslavement To Obliteration”, “Mentally Murdered” and “Scum” releases. This is a good thing because the core, root elements of this quartet’s style and songwriting are still intact.
However, there is one thing I’ve always respected Napalm Death for, and it’s the band’s collective efforts in penning some of the finest politically, socially and environmentally conscious lyrics you’ll ever find from a grindcore band. They write about the everyday issues a good majority of us can relate to, and they do not force it down the listeners’ throats, which is admirable.
“Apex Predator – Easy Meat” is another fine, but musically insane CD, from grind kings Napalm Death. [Century Media] Sarjoo Devani