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Between Not Bad and Pretty Good - 66%

matt85210, October 17th, 2009

Didn't really know how to react to this CD, in all honesty. I had very high hopes for it, as I had heard a few tracks off it and was fairly impressed with Jigsore Terror's early Carcass-influenced grind whirlwind, but after listening to it a few times, I am not too sure as to whether it lived up to expectation.

As is always the case, World End Carnage starts strongly. 'Gorging On Exposed Arteries' is a good opener, its groovy entrails wrapped around a skeleton of unmistakably Swedish grind, and one thing becomes apparent very quickly; the production on this album is bloody brilliant, so natural and raw, yet engaging and clear, and its something really refreshing to hear in a world increasingly concerned with over-production and triggers.

However, veeeery little changes between this song and the last song. This CD is straight forward, linear and lateral from here on in, and that is why I have had to downmark it a few points: because it doesn't leave the reviewer with much to talk about. This isn't to do with the content of the album, as the content is, in itself, a good thing; its to do with a lack of variation around that content. 'Rotten Heads' and 'Insane Torture'? Yeah, they could be the same song. 'Violent Molestation' and 'Corpses On Fire'? They could be the same song too. 'Scattered Cranial Remains' is worth a mention, even if is just to offer the listener a hint of a change in direction with a few melodic hooks weaved into the brutality.

Also, as far as the songwriting goes, its pretty back-to-basics stuff on this release. Similar riff after similar riff, all about as diverse as the social life of plankton, with run of the mill gory lyrics to round the package off in what is dangerously close to feeling like mediocrity. They are played efficiently, but to be honest that's hardly worth meriting the band for, seeing as riffs churned out from metal's Early Learning Centre is nothing to brag about.

As mentioned, this is not an inherently bad CD. The grindcore on display here is solid enough, its just not attention grabbing in the slightest. Jigsore Terror are a worthy enough footsoldier in the ranks of grindcore, but if in need of some real musical artillery, go with one of the genres more incendiary exports.