Napalm Death have scheduled their upcoming record Apex Predator – Easy Meat for release on January 27th in North America; the record will be distributed through Century Media. Some of the song titles have been revealed along with a comment by frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway on the concept of the record, of which he said:

“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 exposé 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 capitalise 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.”

The following are the revealed song titles:

“Copulating Snakes“
“Dear Slum Landlord“
“What Is Past Your Prologue“
“Stunt Your Growth“

As far as touring, the band have been reported to follow up their appearance on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise, and some European and Japanese dates with a North American Tour. As stated in the title, the band will be hitting the road with Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, and Black Crown Initiate. The following is their schedule at this time followed by some leaked dates for the 2015 run:

European dates:
11/07 Wroclaw, POL – Alibi
11/08 Chemnitz, GER – Arena (feat. Hatebreed)
11/09 Hannover, GER – Capitol (feat. Hatebreed)
11/10 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof (feat. Hatebreed)
11/11 Genf, SWI – L’ Usine (feat. Hatebreed)
11/12 Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik (feat. Hatebreed & War Of Ages)
11/13 Bochum, GER – Matrix (feat. Hatebreed & War Of Ages)
11/14 Oldenburg, GER – Amadeus (feat. Morser)
11/15 Weissenhäuser Strand, GER – Metal Hammer Paradise
11/21 Paris, FRA – Le Trabendo
11/22 Eindhoven, NET – Speedfest

Japanese run w/ Brutal Truth:
11/26 Tokyo , JAP – Liquidroom
11/27 Osaka, JAP – Club Quattro
11/28 Nagoya, JAP – Electric Lady Land
11/30 Tokyo, JAP – Earthdom

Leaked dates:
1/29 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
1/31 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
2/19 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
2/22 Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
2/24 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater