ROTTEN SOUND come calling, you answer. When Finland’s ROTTEN SOUND walk in your
direction, you step aside. When Finland’s ROTTEN SOUND say ‘jump,’ you ask ‘how
high?’ Such is the natural order of business for the quartet and their
bull-dogging and bull-dozing brand of gravelly Grindcore and Sunlight-tinged
Death Metal, a stratagem that remains no different on their latest EP, the appropriately
titled “Species at War.”
With a running
time of eight minutes, the six tracks found on the EP have a hit-and-run
mentality, serving a multi-bash combo before you’ve even had time to collect
yourself. It’s Grindcore in a nutshell – vitriolic bursts and swells of
impassioned and unstoppable energy – and ROTTEN SOUND – as they’ve proved for a
good while now – have it down pat.
The album’s tempo
is either in full-chase mode or it’s in stand-your-ground mode, daring its
listeners to confront its raised fists, to weather the oncoming storm and take
their medicine until the earth is all kicked-up and tilled like a grizzly bear battleground.
With the exception of “Cause,” a one-minute detonation of blinding gunfire, the
remaining five songs use moments of respite to diplomatic effect, injecting
wanton groove (“The Game”) into these breathers before pulling back the lever
and taking aim once more (“The Solution”).
It’s as quick as a
headshot and as intense as a broken back. Those eager for a NASUM-inspired attack
or curious to hear what ENTOMBED would have sounded like if they opted for a
more violent existence should take heed. “Species at War” is about as concise and as devastating
as an eight-minute EP can get.
(Online January 15, 2013)