Insect Warfare
At War With Grindcore


5.0
classic

Review

by Attis USER (12 Reviews)
June 18th, 2012 | 21 replies | 1,372 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fragile attempt to answer the unanswerable.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

It's a funny world we live in. Every day, every passing moment we're faced with the catharsis of the future, while tentatively looking over our shoulders to catch, or perhaps hoping neverto catch, the shadowy glimpse of distant past. As much as we try to deny it, we're split between what once was and what we fear is yet to come, awkwardly balancing on the thin line of the very essence of purpose. The world Insect Warfare inhabit is no different - a vast, sprawling ocean of lightning-fast motions and blank canvas devoid of form that seems to be an even more terrifying place, existing outside of the rules imposed on each and every one of us. It's an empty space latent behind the veil of free will and love, of facts, desires and memories we choose to forget. It exists in us, on us and for us, and that's where the haunting presence of IW's debut release, At War With Grindcore, takes on its most tangible form.

While it may initially seem easy, or even right, to write off AWWG as another victim of a long lost and violated legacy, the record itself stays true to and simultaneously alters the true and tested recipe conceived nearly three decades ago. Tampering with something bigger than Rahi and Co. can handle, AWWG is, more than anything else, a statement, a confession of a caged animal that's been trapped in a devastated world for far too long, exposed to unnatural soundscapes and light that is pleasant on both mind and senses, yet hostile on the heart. It rotates questions in a hermeneutic circle, twisting potential answers into bare images free of weight or meaning. And the few feeble messages that do make it out, alive and unharmed, pose, instead of revelations, a question: Who are they for, for them or for everyone?. For AWWG is not a mere sum of its parts; it's the parts that embody and transcend something that once was a whole.

Rahi, the mastermind behind the Insect Warfare project, is not intent on telling more that he can say, or perhaps is willing to say. In a sense, though, it is his inability, his disorientation in matters that should be clear as rain drops that provides the seemingly unattainable, something that goes truly deeper than what meets the eye. Yet he does so in a manner that is most expected, like a movie that you have seen far too often but you still manage to uncover the barely noticeable facets that, in the long run, matter the most. Trying to find order in a world he does not, and does not want to understand, he pours out his thoughts in a lovingly disparate manner, and we can't help but thank him for it, for it is more that we could ever hope for. Do not be mistaken; he IS the frontman, the sole person carrying the burden of inevitable irrelevancy and finality, a haze of entire cities and suburbs of his sorrowful childhood cloaked in muddy, uninviting instrumentation. Yet, in a clear act of transgression, he unconsciously discourages the listener to enter his troubled self, instead of inviting them; a feeble attempt to carry the weight of the world on his own. Not a martyr, but a traveler; a long, winding path instead of clear focus.

When all is said and done, you can't help but admire the level of dedication invested in At War With Grindcore, the endless layers of solitude the band brought on them themselves. Having undergone a rapid depersonalization unlike anything we have ever seen in music, Insect Warfare are simply imitating reality, a rough resemblance of a human being, with only a dim corner of their mind functioning. Rahi and his band mates may be looking for closure, but instead of seeking it in themselves they unleash their confusion on everyone, indulging unsuspecting listeners in matters that are, in fact, universal. Insect Warfare set out to give their music meaning, and try their best to compete with their own fatalistic inevitability, yearning for not victory, but for a battle that's worth engaging in. But by the time the first few guitar riffs in 'After War Obliteration' enter your eardrums, you're hopelessly standing upon the ruins of the band's expectations, knowing that they have already lost.



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A Great grind record that will keep you coming back for more...GRIND!!!...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Attis
June 18th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Trying to write a review that adequately sums up my feelings for this album is quite possibly the most difficult thing I had to do.

KILL
June 18th 2012



71482 Comments


lmao

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

alachlahol
June 18th 2012



7487 Comments


cant wait to face the catharsis of the future

Attis
June 18th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It will be a sad yet memorable day, I suppose.

MO
June 18th 2012



18522 Comments


2deep

alachlahol
June 18th 2012



7487 Comments


this review makes no sense and sucks

Attis
June 18th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Just like life, alachlahol.



Just like life.

alachlahol
June 18th 2012



7487 Comments


just like endless layers of solitude

MO
June 18th 2012



18522 Comments


lol

Attis
June 18th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It seems so, yes. Also I bet you're one of those people who take this as a mere 'grind' album.

HitlerIsGod
June 18th 2012



746 Comments


i hate using this word because so many faggots overuse it, but i feel like the whole review is pretentious. this is a fucking grind album with mindless lyrics about death war and diarrhea, theres nothing deep about it.

Attis
June 18th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Do not get fooled by the surface. You're falling for the trap Insect Warfare prepared for you, for every one of us.

alachlahol
June 18th 2012



7487 Comments


fade alt pretty sure

Attis
June 18th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What's a fade?

alachlahol
June 18th 2012



7487 Comments


you got me this time but i remember you

KILL
June 18th 2012



71482 Comments


review karnivool

Attis
June 18th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Progressive rock isn't something I'm very familiar with...

KILL
June 18th 2012



71482 Comments


mnemic? styx?

chambered49
June 18th 2012



1727 Comments


m////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

landonius
October 13th 2012



70 Comments


This review makes sense to me. Awesome.

I am really high though.



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