(Regurgitated Semen Records - RSE74)
Release date: 2007
Running time: 22:28
Review: Like Hatred Surge & P.L.F., this is another band from Texas, I don't what's in the water there but all these bands are some of the fiercest sounding grind bands around. This one is starting to date too... So what? I was just waiting for the hype to die down!
This is one of these albums I know I should totally embrace but to tell the truth it doesn't totally hit the spot for me. I'm seeing things written like "best grindcore album since FETO" and honestly I can't say I totally agree, there are plenty recent albums I like better out there like REALIZED "21st Century Terminal World" for instance (also what about Brutal Truth, Regurgitate, Dead Infection... they've been around since FETO).
But obviously the advertisement is not completely off the mark; this is extremely good stuff, effective, straightforward, cut-to-the-chase type grind. Short and dense tracks, terrifying blastbeat speeds that'll break your neck, totally bass-ass guitar riffs and genuinely raging bellows and throat-splitting screams, happening all at once... My main beef is probably the sound production, the guitar tone doesn't feel really natural, same with the drumming, it's sounding a little bit too mechanical and clicky, not quite as flowing, organic and cool sounding as the old Mick Harris swinging blasts! The insane drumming in Insect Warfare actually reminds me more of Fuck I'm Dead (Australia) drum machine! That's pretty much what keeps me from loving this more I think. Lyrics are pretty nifty, very nihilistic and hopeless (just the way I like em!), but on the other hand this is quite generic grindcore type stuff (Yes, I was expecting more lyrics about giant insects devouring humans!!!)
Still one can only admire the disorienting, unadultered violence that was forcibly injected into this album, the sonicly ravaging assaults keep coming and coming, each track faster than the next, and also kept short enough so you never get bored, a perfect 22 minutes running time, assuring absolutely no filler crap. Most people already know about this album I guess anyway, but this was one of the major grind of the last few years for sure so I thought I'd mention Insect Warfare at least once among these pages!
Mp3 Sample: Insect Warfare - Necessary Death
Tracks: 1)Oxygen Corrosion (0:53)
2)Self Termination (1:25)
3)Enslaved by Machinery (1:08)
5)Zone Killer (0:20)
7)Street Sweeper (0:13)
8)Dead Inside (1:01)
9)Human Trafficking (1:19)
11)Mind Ripper (1:21)
12)Armored Virus (1:20)
13)Mass Communication Mindfuck (1:19)
14)Nuclear Deterrence (1:20)
16)Necessary Death (0:51)
17)Protection Maze (0:54)
19)Internet Era Alienation (0:42)
20)Evolved into Obliteration (1:12)