British grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH will release their 15th studio album, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat", on January 27, 2015 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records.
NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway had the following to say regarding the album's title and concept: "Sometimes you have to ponder long and hard for an album title, but following the Rana Plaza disaster of last year (collapse of a textile sweatshop building in Bangladesh), it spurred me on to try and craft an expose of slave labour in the modern world (and the surrounding conditions propping it up).
"Some in power like to declare that slavery is consigned to the history books. But if you look beneath the surface, it is alive and well in many different forms — it just has a different face now, and exists in ways that may seem ethically ambiguous.
"Using the terminology of evolution particularly interests us, so in this case the 'Apex Predator' represents those who bring the slavery to bear (and capitalize from it), and the 'Easy Meat' is of therefore those who feel they have no option but to comply.
"Fittingly, the music on 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' is punishing. We feel it's more ambient, more expansive, more unsettlingly discordant than ever, and importantly, still extremely rampant at excessive speed. We hope in every respect — both musically and lyrically — this album will make your eyes burn with the harsh sonics and harsh visions of the dumping ground of globalisation."
Songtitles set to appear on "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" include "Copulating Snakes", "Dear Slum Landlord", "What Is Past Is Prologue" and "Stunt Your Growth".
NAPALM DEATH will appear at the 2015 edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise in the Caribbean (Florida / Jamaica) from January 22 to January 26, alongside bands like ARCH ENEMY, BEHEMOTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MUNICIPAL WASTE and many more.
NAPALM DEATH's last album, 2012's "Utilitarian", sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 14 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.