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Ape War: Templar
Crust Punk, Grindcore
Self-release
October 1st, 2013
Release length: 3:03
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Templar by Ape War is the follow-up to the 2012 EP Witch Fight, and it’s a welcome improvement. While Witch Fight wasn’t bad in the performances, the audio quality was incredibly raw with odd volumes on the vocals and instruments that made it difficult to embrace. Much like that release, this new EP is a name your price download, and boasts three new examples of Punk fuelled hostility with richer audio at all the right levels. But, is it really that big an improvement, or is Ape War still rather rough around the edges?

Picture Toxic Holocaust but emphasizing a Crust Punk foundation and you get the general idea of this release. The heavy distortion on the shouting vocals makes the fast and kind of complex material more aggressive, and the louder bass helps the infection rate, especially on the furious main verses of “Templar.” This helps the upbeat bridges as well, and the slower breakdown towards the end. “We are Ash” and “Sour Land” aren’t as fleshed out, but they’re just as catchy, especially the latter of the two which just refuses to let up once it kicks in, but still boasting a party-like environment “We Are Ash” doesn’t quite share.

At only three minutes, it’s obvious Ape War still isn’t setting out to set any new standards. Instead, Templar present’s three solid, hard-hitting tracks that are more a fun exertion of frustration and hostility than anything else. Since it’s a name your price download there’s no reason to not give it a chance, and if you like it you can throw a couple bucks down and get yourself a coloured vinyl pressing from this promising new Crust Punk group.

01. Templar – 1:45
02. We Are Ash – 0:51
03. Sour Land – 0:28
Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Ape War.