on 8 May 2012
If you ever thought that grindcore had nothing more to offer, and that the genre would never again spawn a band that could equal early Napalm Death in terms of sheer single-minded intensity - think again.
Originally released via a small independent label in 2007 before being picked up by Earache in 2009, 'World Exermination' lives up to it's billing as the most intense blast of pure heat since the aforementioned Napalm Death issued 'From Enslavement To Obliteration' in 1988.
The album consists of 20 high-octane blast-a-thons which the band tear through in just 23 minutes of delirious insanity, track after track rising up only to be consumed by the next with virtually no space between each track, the resulting effect being truly devastating as blow upon blow rains down upon you.
Insect Warfare are a power-trio in every sense of the phrase, their vocals/guitar/drums line-up (with NO bass) executing each noise symphony with very specific care, the high-speed arrangements nailed with surgical precision.
The production is among the best I have ever heard on an extreme-metal album, the lack of bass proving to be no bad thing as the guitar sound comes across as a fusion of grindcore and pure industrial noise with the guitarist's use of noise pedals pointing the way towards any unlikely collision with Lou Reed's 'Metal Machine Music' on the journey to grind valhalla.
Both drums and guitar are pushed up right to the max, side by side, allowing the listener no room to breathe as the wall of sound Insect Warfare generates reaches almost suffocating levels of intensity.
Musically, grind fans will know what to expect - almost relentless blast-drumming puntuated by classic grind riffs drawn from genre's punk roots.
'World Extermination' is, quite simply, the most perfectly executed example of grindcore evolution released this side of 'Enslavement...', an album which will have few peers in the years to come, it's single-minded pursuit of perfection making it a 24 carat classic. Try it.