Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Kerrang!
    Feb 2, 2015
    100
    Only one [band] could still sound this savage 15 albums in. [17 Jan 2015, p.53]
  2. Jan 29, 2015
    100
    Untrained ears might shrivel in terror, but those who appreciate the joy of noise will recognise the sound of veteran masters on unassailable form.
  3. Jan 27, 2015
    90
    Apex Predator - Easy Meat retains the hyperactive energy and deadly pacing of its recent predecessors, and as a result, it gives their fans a diverse and devastating listening experience during what is a quintessential, zeitgeist-destroying grindcore album.
  4. Jan 27, 2015
    90
    Completely unrelenting; thoroughly amazing.
  5. Alternative Press
    Jan 23, 2015
    90
    Honestly, 34 years deep, this is one of the band's best albums. [Feb 2015, p.92]
  6. Jan 23, 2015
    90
    Their traditional characteristics and intellectual concepts, incorporated with new elements and ideas, make Apex Predator - Easy Meat another impressive addition to Napalm Death's spotless catalogue.
  7. Jan 23, 2015
    90
    Five albums in to an unexpected late-career burst of greatness, grindcore pioneers Napalm Death have done it again with this awesomely titled album.
  8. The Wire
    Mar 4, 2015
    80
    So here they are in 2015 with Apex Predator sounding as powerful and uncompromising as their debut. [Feb 2015, p.55]
  9. Jan 29, 2015
    80
    One thing that’s allowed Napalm Death to keep punching through mirrors is that as its sound has sharpened, the band’s ability to capture high-resolution chaos has sharpened, too.
  10. 80
    Apex Predator - Easy Meat arrives at a time of uncertainty in the Napalm Death camp, with longtime guitarist Mitch Harris taking an indefinite hiatus due to family illness, but it stands on its own as a fine piece of extreme metal.
  11. Jan 27, 2015
    80
    Musically, the band mixes its customary blast beat-driven grindcore maelstroms--the punishing one-two assault of “Smash a Single Digit” and “Metaphorically Screw You,” the layered, complex “Cesspits”--with industrial dolor (“Dear Slum Landlord”) and junk-bin clangor (the title track): caustic nods to influential circa-early ’80s noise-mongers like Public Image Ltd. and Swans.
  12. Jan 23, 2015
    80
    It’s a perverse and challenging listen that makes very few compromises. But the album is also both intensely lyrical and supremely musical--and it plays out in a way that is designed to be perversely uncomfortable for the ears.
  13. Jan 28, 2015
    79
    It’s still a Napalm Death record through and through--which means shredded eardrums and tinnitus for days. After all this time, we’d expect nothing less.
  14. Mar 16, 2015
    70
    Apex Predator: Easy Meat is a pummeling listen that doesn't get old.
  15. Classic Rock Magazine
    Feb 26, 2015
    70
    Decidedly queasy listening throughout. [Apr 2015, p.98]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 56
  2. Negative: 8 out of 56
  1. Feb 24, 2015
    10
    massive intensity, a lot of experimentation, very interesting and insane songwriting and lyrics, perfect production. napalm death yet reachedmassive intensity, a lot of experimentation, very interesting and insane songwriting and lyrics, perfect production. napalm death yet reached another highpoint in their career. Full Review »
  2. May 31, 2015
    8
    Napalm Death have lost none of their punch over the years. They're still as brutal as ever. As good as this album is I'd still take SmearNapalm Death have lost none of their punch over the years. They're still as brutal as ever. As good as this album is I'd still take Smear Campaign or Time Waits For No Slave over it from the more recent albums. That I still give this an 8 out of 10 just goes to show how good Napalm Death are. Full Review »
  3. Jan 27, 2015
    10
    Grindcore monsters has once made a killing album, Apex Predator - Easy Meat is already the best of 2015 and I'm pretty sure He will be theGrindcore monsters has once made a killing album, Apex Predator - Easy Meat is already the best of 2015 and I'm pretty sure He will be the best Grindcore album until the end of the year. Full Review »