Democratic Warfare is the punishing new EP from London-based grindcore band The Brood. And while Microsoft’s spellcheck may not recognize grindcore as a proper word, that didn’t stop me from digging it. Coming in at under ten minutes, Democratic Warfare is a short but enjoyable slab of extreme metal. It may be a little too polished for some grind fans, but it’s worth at least a listen or two.
Democratic Warfare is a quick listen, so let’s make this a quick read. The Brood start things off with the EP’s title track; an aggressive tune full of blast beats, trem picking, and overlapping vocals. From there, we’re onto my favourite track on the album, “The Ungrateful Deceivers.” This song packs a few more twists and turns than a typical grindcore tune, with instances of melodic death metal-esque guitars throughout and a pretty gnarly breakdown to close things out. “The Ungrateful Deceivers” is the longest song, at just under three minutes, and makes the most of every second. Democratic Warfare closes out with “Minotaur” and “Buried,” two more solid tracks that bring some sludgier elements into the fold for a nice sense of variety.
The only thing I can really whine about with Democratic Warfare is the production. The drums sound a little mechanical and, in my opinion, the guitars could’ve benefited from some background noise. The vocals are powerful throughout, but, again, I think they could have been made to sound harsher. By all conventional standards, The Brood have a great sounding EP; I would just prefer it a little rougher around the edges.
The Brood has a great release on their hands. Democratic Warfare is aggressive and to the point but has enough variety to warrant repeat listens. If you’re a fan of extreme metal and don’t mind a little sheen, Democratic Warfare should be right up your alley.
Written by Justin Bruce
*edited by Mike Milito