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Album: Apex Predator – Easy MeatReleased: 2015
This is the title track of Napalm Death's thirteenth studio album. The record was inspired by the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza textile sweatshop building in Bangladesh. Warnings to avoid using the premises after cracks appeared the day before had been ignored and garment workers were ordered to return the following day. The eight story building collapsed during the morning rush resulting in a death toll of 1,129.
Napalm Death vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway said regarding the record'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, it spurred me on to try and craft an expose of slave labor 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."