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Species At War


4.0
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Review

by Mark A. CONTRIBUTOR (73 Reviews)
August 16th, 2014 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The masters of grind in Finland have delivered some of the strongest material of their long and illustrious career.

The masters of grind in Finland have delivered some of the strongest material of their long and illustrious career. While I have to admit that a six song EP in the grind/death genre that only spans eight minutes would be generally difficult to write about, Species at War shatters this idea. The veterans of two decades viciously blast their way through the album without any regard to pacing, structure, or groove. The album simply applies just enough variance to not only keep it interesting, but also keeps listeners coming back to it multiple times for the sake of how memorable it is.

The songs range from insanely fast (“Cause”) to employing a fun, groovy sound (“Peace”). The fact that Species at War doesn’t repeat itself even with limitations of the genre shows that subtle differences in the shift of sound can be a difference maker, even for such an aggressive assault as this. Vocalist Keijo Niinima is a key element in keeping the sound fresh as well, as he varies his screams from a high-pitched shriek to an absolutely evil deeper growl. It creates the perfect link between the tempo changes, and the production doesn’t hurt either; the raw sound bristles like it was created in the depths of hell while still being able to hear every instrument in the mix.

Species at War plays on its strengths throughout its incredibly short run time, and the monstrous groove that presents itself in penultimate track “Salvation” is undeniably earth-shattering. The devil is certainly in the details on this release, and the build-up to the last track leads one to believe that this could have been just a bit better as a full-length album that had a little more than eight measly minutes to create a crushing atmosphere. As it stands, this is one of most memorable heavy slabs of grind to come out in recent memory, and is truly worthy of a listen and purchase.



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cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2014


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Originally posted here: http://thesonicsensory.com/2014/04/25/rotten-sound-species-at-war/



I love this album, and it has surprising replay value.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2014


3423 Comments


nice little review, pos

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2014


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, man! I appreciate it, love this little ep.

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2014


4260 Comments


Nice soundoff, bro.

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2014


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

;) thanks bro!

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2014


4260 Comments


Nah, in all seriousness, I like short reviews that can still get the job done. As long as they're not Trebor short, it's all fine.

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2014


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Same here, man. With this being an EP and grind, I knew it would be a short one. Do you think this has a completed feel to it, though?

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2014


4260 Comments


The review? Yeah. It does a great job of providing you with most of the details about the music and why it's excellent.

RiffOClock
August 16th 2014


1051 Comments


lol "masters of grind"

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2014


20759 Comments


Good god man I can't keep up with all your reviews lol ;)

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ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2014


4260 Comments


I know, right? He just keeps pushing out these good quality reviews every 3 days or so.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2014


20759 Comments


feels like every day tbh haha. another great review man, sounds cool

ScuroFantasma
August 16th 2014


3234 Comments


Another great review Mark, good stuff. I really like the album cover on this.

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