Species At War EP (Relapse Records)
release date: 1/22/2013
by Mike Delano
This brutally efficient EP (six songs, eight minutes) is first-rate grindcore from Finland. It’s a raw meat slab designed to keep the wolves at bay between the band’s 2011 album Cursed and their next full-length. The blastbeats scorch the Earth when they need to, the riffs rear their heads when it’s time to groove, and the band isn’t so addicted to speed that they can’t slow things down for a crushing intro or outro in the good name of texture and balance.