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REVIEW / Terror - Total Retaliation

The hard hitting commentary on the world runs through every crevice of Total Retaliation.
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Terror Album Review

Total Retaliation Review

Terror New Album Review 2018





LA based powerhouse TERROR have always been a name synonymous with hardcore. From their inception in 2002, the band have displayed a level of steadfast dedication unlike any other in the scene. Now with six studio albums, a series of live albums, splits, compilations and EP’s under their belts, the scene veterans are gearing up to release their latest full length ‘Total Retaliation’.

Hardcore has always been a difficult genre for any band to deliver a fresh sound to, especially when it comes to releasing a new record. This is an achievement usually only accomplished by seminal contemporaries such as Madball, Agnostic Front, and Suicidal Tendencies, however, Terror have shown that they can easily compete with the old school artists.

This music is powerful. Like a hit to the heart. It powers on when the lights flicker, when hope begins to lose its grip. And Los Angeles band Terror highlight a world depleting and falling by the wayside. Their sound is hard and fast-paced, creating intensity, hanging onto the underbelly of resilience. They fight, they write, they don’t refrain from telling us how it is, and that’s gratifying.

Terror commit to their sound with stern hands and minds. They’re the type of act who want to showcase their talents but also want to nullify pain which niggles at them. Despair also flutters like eyelashes, constructing darkness, hatred burrows through, and blood is drawn. But this band battle through the flurry which shrouds their eyes.

I think Terror has always stayed the course of aggressive metallic hardcore holding the traditions of the bands that have come before us and influences us. But at the same time we aren’t afraid to step outside the box and try new elements if it still feels natural and true - SCOTT VOGEL (Vocals) Speaking to SickAndSound

The hard hitting commentary on the world runs through every crevice of Total Retaliation. It has a story attached to its core. A breakneck narrative which showcases compelling writing, lyrics biting deeply, like teeth. And fear is not apparent when the band shout and scream, when they lift their spirits as the sound carries them through dark times.

Total Retaliation is a massive record of hard-core delights. Raucous songs melded together to amplify statements and grievances. Over the course of the album, we’re taken into stormy, harsh, worlds. If you’re listening on, then your thoughts will scatter. Your eyes will bulge, your heart will race. The opus is rough and ready, but are you ready?

The album begins with This World Never Wanted Me. The riff is engaging, the vocals spread venom, and the words pulsate. It’s a colossal start, with negative lyrics nestled under it all. One More Enemy follows the same formula, rage shreds any chance of subtlety. The drums are battered here. Spirit Of Sacrifice contains another infectious riff. The words are spat out at an almighty speed, describing a world on its knees. I Don’t Know You is volatile. It’s rough and brash, guitar driven and atmospheric.

Terror are a band of thinkers. Their music is razor-sharp, but under it all there is a passion so enlightening.

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