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01 December 2014
Napalm Death: Unveil "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" album artwork and tracklisting!
Napalm Death:  Unveil "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" album artwork and tracklisting!
Having just wrapped up a tour through Japan, UK Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH are now launching the cover artwork and the tracklisting for their upcoming 15th studio album. Entitled "Apex Predator - Easy Meat", the album will be released on January 26th, 2015 in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in North America via Century Media Records.
The album's striking artwork, which can be seen above, was created by Danish designer Frode Sylthe / Friktion.com, who has previously worked on NAPALM DEATH's latest album "Utilitarian" as well as with bands such as At The Gates, Totalt J?a M??r, The Haunted or Burst. NAPALM DEATH checked in to comment about the artwork as follows:
"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". - Shane Embury / NAPALM DEATH

"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". - Mark 'Barney' Greenway / NAPALM DEATH

The tracklisting for the standard edition of "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" reads as follows:
NAPALM DEATH - "Apex Predator - Easy Meat":
1. Apex Predator - Easy Meat
2. Smash A Single Digit
3. Metaphorically Screw You
4. How The Years Condemn
5. Stubborn Stains
6. Timeless Flogging
7. Dear Slum Landlord...
8. Cesspits
9. Bloodless Coup
10. Beyond The Pale
11. Stunt Your Growth
12. Hierarchies
13. One-Eyed
14. Adversarial / Copulating Snakes
Most recently, NAPALM DEATH debut the album's first single online and you can now check out the relentless "Cesspits" here: soundcloud.com/centurymedia/napalm-death-cesspits
Further details about the "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" album and its various formats will be revealed soon...
In the meantime, here is a list of upcoming NAPALM DEATH tourdates:
NAPALM DEATH - Live 2015:
22.-26.01.2015 Florida/Jamaica - 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise / 70000tons.com
"Through Space And Grind" North American Tour 2015:
w/ Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate
and special guests (on select dates) Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia
27.01.2015 Miami, FL - Grand Central *
28.01.2015 St Petersburg, FL - State Theater *
29.01.2015 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
30.01.2015 Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's *
31.01.2015 Baltimore, MD - Soundstage *
02.02.2015 New York, NY - Gramercy Theater *
03.02.2015 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
04.02.2015 Toronto, ON - Opera House
05.02.2015 Ottawa, ON - Maverick's
06.02.2015 Montreal, QC - Club Soda
07.02.2015 Worcester, MA - Palladium *
08.02.2015 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance Theater *
09.02.2015 Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom *
10.02.2015 Chicago, IL - Reggie's *
11.02.2015 Minneapolis, MN - Amsterdam *
12.02.2015 Winnipeg, MB - The Zoo
13.02.2015 Regina, SK - The Exchange
14.02.2015 Calgary, AB - Republik
15.02.2015 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
17.02.2015 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater **
18.02.2015 Seattle, WA - Studio 7 #
19.02.2015 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
20.02.2015 Oakland, CA - Metro ##
21.02.2015 Fresno, CA - Strummers ##
22.02.2015 Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
23.02.2015 Tempe, AZ - Club Red ##
24.02.2015 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater ##
25.02.2015 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall ##
26.02.2015 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater ##
27.02.2015 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey ##
28.02.2015 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's ##
* = Ringworm, ** = Dayglo Abortions, # = Theories, ## = Phobia
Check in with CM Distro for all available physical formats of recent NAPALM DEATH releases: www.cmdistro.de/napalm
NAPALM DEATH's cover version of "To Go Off And Things" by the Cardiacs is still available as charity download (Donate 1 or more at own choice!) here: napalm-death.bandcamp.com