You would think for a nuclear-free country Finland would lack the Megatons possible to reduce cities into nothing but wastes of concrete and ash, but then you would be wrong because right now Finland is currently brewing one of the most devastating weapons known to man. Don’t get me wrong with or without warheads when on the defensive Finland has an astonishing reputation for turning the entire country into one bloody Bermuda Triangle, but now Finland goes on the offensive with Death Toll 80K.
Death Toll 80K grind excruciatingly hard, so hard it would appear their name is but a disclaimer, the band fixed on monophonic terminal abrasion able to bring down sky-scrapers in the blink of an eye as they pellet the earth with their shrapnel packed cluster bombs of grind. The closest material thing to emulating that wonderful cacophonous rancour the band emit would be to stick a grenade in your mouth, pull the pin, count to three and boom. A lot of bands can boast being heavy, but few may match the steely and ever tightening grip Death Toll 80K exhibit.
The band pick up just round the corner from where Insect Warfare – World Extermination left off, dropping a bit of the clunk and instantaneous shell shock for a significant elevation in vitality and reactivity, spontaneously dashing and grooving from one volatile chain of exertion to another, laying waste to each and every crust debased rhythm they tear through. Looking deeper into Harsh Realities through the Insect Warfare lens, we see that vocals and percussion remain fiercely faithful to the World Extermination skill set, a flattering reproduction to some of grindcores most valued assets. String work is the major differentiating factor though, still very much in the same vein of total ruination, but brazenly hoisted to a more vibrant, clear and systematic approach in an endless succession of decisive killer riffs, a phenomenon that ranks amongst my favourites. It’s not all down to that wondrous thunder trebly riffing, the amazing production values support the power structure too laying a thick base sound, keeping a tight and complimentary contrast between the raw and more sophisticated.
Embrace total sonic annihilation!