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World Extermination

Insect Warfare

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Album Review

Originally released independently in 2007, Insect Warfare's first "full-length" album, World Extermination, caused such a stir among well-informed grindcore specialists that it was soon snapped up and reissued by genre granddaddies Earache the following year, thereby exposing it to a far broader worldwide audience. And why not? Like all of the best grindcore, Insect Warfare's 20-songs-in-22-minutes "gnat attack" assails the listener with unrelenting fury, speed, and concision — obliterating mainstream music conventions, eardrums, and, quite possibly, a few city blocks in the time it would take most bands to get to their first verse. However, enthusiasts of the genre will never cease telling the misinformed that even these micro-blasts contain innumerable contrasting riffs, thought-provoking ideas, variations on speed-of-sound velocities, and sophisticated arrangements to tie them all together — particularly on multifaceted standouts like "Manipulator," "Human Trafficking," and "Mass Communication Mindf**k." Additional noteworthy sound jabs like "Decontamination" and "Hydraphobia" even slow down their usual maelstroms long enough to include moderately paced passages, which may actually sound acceptable to "normal" humans. "Normal" has never been a priority for grindcore bands or their fans, though, so suffice to say that World Extermination easily substantiates Insect Warfare's growing reputation.

Biography

Formed: 2004 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Insect Warfare are a grindcore band from Houston, TX, known for their unbridled ferocity and studious dedication to perpetuating this radical extreme music subgenre in its most undiluted and least accessible form. Originally founded in 2004, the band quickly made a name for itself by releasing a string of solo and split EPs between 2005 and 2007 while embarking on tours as far afield as Japan and Australia — such was the positive word of mouth preceding their inexorable advance. Their first...
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