Bump up Them! in your Netflix queue because Texas’ leading purveyors of arthropod grind are back another crusty slab of six legged metal goodness.
Insect Warfare leave the boundary pushing to someone else on their full length debut, World Extermination, instead ripping out 22 minutes of prime Earache style grind.
From the squalls of guitar that kick off the disc, this is a hot stepping slab of relentless insect grind. Unlike fellow Texans Kills the Client, Insect Warfare don’t cut their delicious chocolately grind with caramel sludge. The most you can hope for area few scattered peanuts of punk beat (“Dead Inside,” “Human Trafficking”). (This review has been brought to you by Snickers. Never write while hungry, kids.)
Grind lives and dies by its energetic production, and World Extermination sounds like it could have been recorded by a young Scott Burns, with a tighter, cleaner sound than Insect Warfare’s past EPs, which had more of a blown out sound. Think Utopia Banished spooning World Downfall this time instead of Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses giving Reek of Putrefaction a reach around.
Even the artwork radiates that throwback vibe: a black and white drawing of Old Grim getting all Godzilla on an unnamed metropolis with the assistance of his giant bug menagerie. Sure it looks like Jeff Walker’s design for the Scum cover, but who’s gonna quibble about 100 percent originality when you’re being warfared on by monstrous insects?