Monday, October 29, 2007

G&P review: Insect Warfare

Insect Warfare
World Extermination
625 Thrash

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?


PatrickDM said...

one of my favorite grind albums.

Anonymous said...

Pretty nice blog you've got here. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to them. BTW, why don't you change design :).

Vegas said...

You're probably not gonna get this comment because this post is so old, but I figured it's some fun trivia: The city Mr. Reaper is hanging over is actually Houston, where the band is from. I only know this because one of my punk friends from Houston pointed it out to me.

The more you know! *rainbow*

Anonymous said...

I think the reason this album is still getting some serious mileage from me some five years later is because it's straightforward and solid in it's approach. Sure, they're not the most original in their approach (I think that their intent was clear from the get-go with their first 7"), but it is done with genuine fury. This is going to be timeless because they didn't try to throw some gimmick into the mix, which has ruined a few bands for me. Sometimes I think the production is a bit too digital-sounding, but it does sound unique and somehow futuristic(and I generally can't gripe too much about the production on a grindcore record anyway) No jump riffs, no unnecessary technical wanking, no jazz-grind, no tribal or folk music ...they went in, blew everyone away and got out before the dust settled.