The grindcore-group Cut To Fit just doens't seem to tame down. Good. The band was formed in '08, and have made two demos and four EPs of grindcore since. Almost simultaneously to "Destructive Devices," their currently newest effort, they also released a sludge-EP entitled "Fire Works."

This EP holds just a bit over five minutes of the band's own material, but luckily in grindcore it's often good to be concise. Unlike their previous EP Babylon Burns, "Destructive Devices" presents a more song-oriented, rawer and in a way simpler side of the band instead of a holistic beatdown. The songs are around a minute long bursts of aggression that hit your face through nicely raw, grainy and powerful guitars, somewhat soft but nicely detailed drums, and shouted vocals filled with youthful aggression. The band hasn't had a bass guitar this far, and still don't; the lower frequencies are done with a down-tuned guitar, and it gives the songs a stronger backbone without eating away any of the rawness. The soundscape is a tad damp due to self-recording, and it eats away a bit of the songs' memorability as it slightly flattens the riffs' reach. Still, in grindcore-standards the EP is far from actual lo-fi.

The songs vary from mid-tempo chuggings (that compositionally remind me of filthier 90s death metal) to all-out beatings with so many nuances that it soon becomes clear how enthusiastic the band is about what they're doing. The songs aren't based on endless repetition, but stylish and logical variation and twists which make each of the songs sound unique and noteworthy in their own way. The vocals are a great factor in the memorability as well: be it either the aggressive shouts, lower growls or the highly appealing choir-shouts in "N.A.T.O.," they always make an impact. The vocalist Jere uses some of the the original vocalists' trademarks in the respective cover songs as well, which gives them additional value; they're clearly tributes, not meaningless cover songs.

Most likely due to the EPs short length, it's currently available only as a very affordable DIY paper slip whereas the previous releases were professionally pressed CD-Rs. No lyrics are included but you can read them at the band's home page - and the cover image and the songs titles should give you a pretty good hint of their contents anyway. They are about wrathful hatred against war, submission and oppression, and due to being so specifically targeted they make a greater impact than many did on the band's previous EP.

The group is loyal to their own style and ideas, in all aspects. The band has their own sound and style which has kept changing and developing with each new release, and despite its teaser/promo-like nature, this EP is more than justified. The guitar sound should've been a bit sharper and the EP longer (especially if one disregards the cover songs) to receive a higher grade, but is still highly recommendable to people looking for new noteworthy names in true hostile grindcore. I was a bit disappointed by CTF's previous EP, but these five minutes of grind re-rose my interest towards the band with haste.

7 / 10