The Finnish quintet Derrida has been active starting from 2004, and have created a couple of smaller releases and a full-length since. Even so, this record, their newest EP/MLP, is the first one of their releases that I've come to hear.
The band's music is a rather original blend of light punk rock, harsh hardcore punk, and more quirky alternative metal. At times the band reminds me of Stam1na and Disease Of The Nation due to the compositions' sudden lead guitar-spices and compositional twists and their overall experimentalism a'la modern alternative metal. The difference with the two aforementioned bands just is that Derrida is rooted way deeper in punk than in metal, both lyrically and musically, and in a sense has a more serious attitude.
The A-side is rather straightforward in its somewhat preachy hostility; sure, there are a couple of fairly sudden mid-parts with cleaner and more melodic guitar-leads and other surprising spices, but the songs still stick to their basic mood and idea for their length. The opener of side B, on the other hand, is more dramatic and heavier in its description of the horrors of war. "Mustan Kullan Demoni" returns to musically lighter spheres and to the simplisticity of hardcore punk with some minor melodic tweaks in the lead-section (and ends to a really cool speed metal-solo), but the finishing tune is again a heavier and more dramatic one. It isn't as bleak as "Kansa Taisteli..." though.
The band keeps the listener on his/her toes throughout the fifteen minutes, but in a good way. After you've gotten acquainted with the songs' numerous twists and turns, along with their base character, the songs still remain as interesting pieces to listen to. The songs vary a lot from each other, but the EP still retains the main chunk of its base idea through its playing time. I think some of the guitars and shouted vocals go over the top here and there, though, tipping over the songs delicate balance by hogging the listener's attention to themselves. In the end the EP's character is too shattered to be an unified whole nor a pleasingly flowing entirety to listen to. The moods switch too quickly for the listener to be able to focus nor relate to each and every one of them.
Also, how have the lyrics of "Erotkaa!" telling about a child listening to his/her parents fighting have gotten lost amidst stories of war, greed and corruption? They're good, surely, but seem very lost amidst the lyrics dealing with way bigger-scale issues.
As a summary, is this EP good? Yes it is. The compositions are fairly original and seem to be the results of a lot of effort, the soundscape suits the varying moods for the most part, and the band handles their instruments professionally and with enough feeling. The EP just tries to approach too many styles and moods at once, making it sound somewhat disjointed and confused, akin to a compilation-release.