Unlimited Carnage is a Finnish band of two 16-year-olds. The duo was founded in the fall of 2010, and this is their debut release of raw grindcore. "Greasiest Hits" was recorded during one day in the spring of 2011, and soon became available as a CD-R-pressing of 50 copies.

The songs are one to two minutes long (aside of the "You Suffer"-pastiche "Kola") bursts of rather oldschool grindcore. The guitars rely on their Boss HM2-distortion pedal, which gives the guitars a vast and strong sound that's very reminiscent of Rotten Sound - a band which, based on some of the EP's compositional solutions, seems to have been an important influence for the duo. Even though the songs are very simple and crude, the soundscape is rather professional and powerful. The soundscape succeeds in making the songs seem strong, even when the band doesn't seem to have a bass guitar; unless my ears have betrayed me, it seems as if the lower frequencies all originate from the guitar sound as well.

I'm not entirely sure what the band tries to sound like. The songs are short and simple, even somewhat monotonal due to the soundscape and the drumming style, but somehow I'm led to believe that the duo wasn't aiming for a particularly oldschool end result. The drums and guitar don't operate in a seamless unison, which makes the songs cause less of an impact, albeit simultaneously making them sound rawer and more chaotic as well. The drum tempos seem to come a bit behind the guitars at times, as if they were held back; intentionally or not, who knows. The vocals come in both low growls and higher hoarse shouts, and neither of them really stands out in a good manner, or in any manner at all. They do have a pleasing oldschool-sound though, especially regarding the growls, and I'm sure it'll appeal to a lot of people.

Overall I'm not sure what to think of this EP. It's a good dose of raw and simplistic filth to those who enjoy their grindcore in its primal form, but as for my personal opinion, the instrumentation and the compositions overall are too immature for me to fully enjoy them. There are some good moments, such as the opening riff of "Kofeiini," but even these moments aren't too memorable. Faceless brutality. I'm glad that the band knew not to make the record any longer, as most likely it would've become numbing.

The songs would need more distinctive hooks if they were to leave a memory trail of themselves, or, alternatively, a greater covering of filth. As of now, the band falls in the grey area between true oldschool filth and more modern grindcore, and this record is way too easy to regard as a just another mince-grind EP. "Unlimited Carnage" have the needed amount of zeal and an unconcerned attitude, and if they retain them in their future works, they might come up with something a lot more noteworthy. They just have to rehearse more to pull out more damage-dealing potential from their instruments and vocals. I hope the band's future works will include the lyrics as well.

5 / 10