Album of the Day: Insect Warfare – World Extermination


Label: 625 Thrashcore

I’m not saying that World Extermination is a perfect album. I might say that the final album (to date) by Insect Warfare is an almost-unrivaled example of how devastating old-school grind can be with a modern production and a few noise elements; of how few albums can seem so energetically exciting ten years after release, whilst also being musically impressive; or how practically no other modern grind band has packed so much in to so short an album. You might say those things, and you’d be absolutely right.

World Extermination is the best example you can give a skeptical strawman of why old-school grind doesn’t need to evolve in any drastic fashion; of how simply playing it well and writing killer tunes can be more than enough. Just listen to the riff that sees in ‘Manipulator’; the almost free-jazz approach to guitar onslaught of ‘Armored Virus’; and the exemplary drumming and vocals throughout. This is the sound of From Enslavement To Obliteration taken to its logical conclusion, and deserves to sit alongside such a classic record as an example of how perfect grind can be. The only downside is that it makes most other records of this style sound obsolete by comparison.

World Extermination was reissued by Earache Records, and is available on CD via their webstore, and is available digitally and on CD via Bandcamp. It can also be streamed on Spotify.


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