Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★★☆ The phrase “15 songs, 23 minutes” can only mean one thing: blast beat grindcore mayhem! And yet, there are some surprising twists and turns on this EP. The mandatory fury is tempered with pace changes galore, in delightfully unpredictable ways (my favorite is on “The Opportunist”, wherein the band switch into half time about six seconds before the end of a 68-second tune). And yet, I’ve gotta take away a point due to Kurt Ballou’s return to unsubtle and ugly production.