The 15th album "Apex Predator – Easy Meat" of British Grindcore/Death Metal band Napalm Death was released today.
The CD's cover art was created by Danish designer Frode Sylthe, who has previously worked on design of Napalm Death's full-length album, "Utilitarian" and with bands such as At the Gates, Totalt Jävla Mörker, The Haunted and Burst.
"There are many meanings that you could grab from the new album artwork, I think. But one is the representation of how our natural and most basic needs for happiness and communication are being stripped away by materialism and pre-packaged garbage – crap that we don't need, filtered to us through the media via the megacorporations with the goal to maintain the bloated bottom line of profit. It's all just stuff that will be obsolete in 6 months time. And behind the scenes of course, modern day slavery is alive, well and obscured by this facade. It's all an exercise in deceit to shower us with fake fulfilment, while the poor and underprivileged fall further by the wayside," – bassist Shane Embury
"Across the albums, we have had some very complex and interconnected artwork. This time we wanted to keep it more simple – strip it down perhaps to a single image that would sharpen the focus. I loved the idea of the supermarket-style packaging as soon as I saw it, as when you go into one of those places with nourishment in mind and you're greeted with some miserable, artificially-enhanced foodstuff contained in a bleak little receptacle of industrial plastics, it doesn't exactly inspire you. To then fill that plastic tray with the dregs of meat production, well, that is the 'easy meat' in the title – representing the people who suffer for burgeoning consumption degraded and dumped in the most pitiful way," – vocalist Mark 'Barney' Greenway
"Apex Predator – Easy Meat" is available on digital, as well as a limited edition on media such as a deluxe box set, CD Mediabook, standard CD Jewelcase, black vinyl with poster and cassette.
Date: January 23 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland), January 26 (part of Europe), January 27 (North America, Italy, Spain, Poland), January 28 (Sweden), 30 January 2015 (Australia, New Zealand )
Genre: Grindcore / Death Metal
Country: United Kingdom
Label: Century Media Records
- Apex Predator – Easy Meat
- Smash A Single Digit
- Metaphorically Screw You
- How The Years Condemn
- Stubborn Stains
- Timeless Flogging
- Dear Slum Landlord...
- Bloodless Coup
- Beyond The Pale
- Stunt Your Growth
- Adversarial / Copulating Snakes
Mark "Barney" Greenway – vocals
Shane Embury – bass guitar
Mitch Harris – guitar
Danny Herrera – drums