Eight months since their previous EP Grind/11, Cut To Fit is back with a new 15-minuter. As you can already see on the cover, their rage hasn't gone anywhere. The band released the first pressing of this EP themselves, but the second press will be done by the Singaporean label Scrotum Jus Records.
The EP starts with a dark piano-intro with fittingly dramatic speech on top, but after its short duration the songs pick up from where the previous EP left off at. The band's brand of grindcore has gotten more influenced by death metal, which shows in the increased amount of heavy guitar rhythms and breaks serving as the songs' compositional turning points. The soundscape has gotten heavier and more brutal as well, but still remains raw and overall recognizeable as CTF. The record was mixed by Konsta Vehkala (of The Decapitated Midgets, Gian, Slash Dementia and some other groups) which might explain a good chunk of the soundscape's weight as well as the clear but powerfully pounding and goregrindy drum work. The lack of a bass guitar seems to work for the band's advantage, once again, by keeping the record nicely crusty despite the heaviness.
The songs seem to have gotten more boldness to bring out their individual traits, and although it's good that the songs are clearly separable from each other, the whole picture still doesn't function as it should. The songs have versatility from the simplest three-chord blastings to slower and more groovy and deathy grinding, but somehow they don't seem to come together; a song comes up, lasts for a while, and then it's follower comes up and wipes most of the memory of its predecessor out of existance. There's a good amount of short samples scattered around throughout the record, as usual for CTF, but this time these samples serve as unneeded stimuli that distract the listener from the songs and their flow - do note, however, that this is said despite them fitting the themes and moods. The EP has been filled with different ideas and compositional experiments, making it sound so stuffed that the EP ends up losing a part of its impact and momentum. It's as if a surge of information wipes over you in the form of pretty neat grindcore, but without leaving enough impact or trace of itself to make you listen to the record again, and again after that.
The lyricist Jere hasn't run out of anger, that's for sure. I'd even dare to say that he's gotten more straightforward with his writings, "Pro Bono" being the clearest example with lyrics that sound like an improvised flow of hate. I'd personally wish that his next ones will again be less universal, as now the lyrics seem to have problems finding their target. Do note that the lyrics aren't included with the EP (at least not the band's own pressing), but they're available on the band's homepage. Instead of the lyrics, the booklet holds a nice-looking collage of newspaper-clippings which reveal the band's stands and views in a concise form.
This EP shows that the band hasn't yet revealed all its traits, and that they know how to create quality grindcore. Still, "Babylon Burns" was seemingly recorded too soon after their previous release, making it sound immature - and especially so when thinking of its great capabilities. Good, but not as good as its predecessor, the Grind/11-EP.