Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

16. Napalm Death
Apex Predator – Easy Meat
(Century Media)

Even now, Napalm Death have their finger firmly on the pulse of the grindcore scene — and metal scene as a whole — they helped shape. Their latest masterpiece, arguably their best since 2000's Enemy of the Music Business, finds the socially conscious band calling foul on corporate labour practices, and doing it in style.

While Napalm Death can still put pedal to the metal — much of the album grinds by — it's the leftfield elements they incorporate here that help push the band to new heights: take the droning, cult-esque chants of the title track opener, the winding beginning of "How the Years Condemn" or the foreboding "Dear Slum Landlord," for example. Just be sure not to get whiplash when the 'core suddenly takes over again.
Bradley Zorgdrager