REVIEW! Terror - Total Retaliation

September 19, 2018

California hardcore five piece band Terror are back! For the last 16 years the band have continued to spread their anger fuelled music over the course of six hard-hitting records. All began with 'One With The Underdogs' which was shortly followed by 'Always The Hard Way', a record that as to this day is considered one of the best the band has produced and one that continues to be a benchmark for all within the hardcore scene.


Fast forward to 2018 the band is once more pushing the boundaries of modern heavy music with the latest offering Total Retaliation, album number 7 That consists of 13 tracks that are sure to whet the appetite of the most diehard Terror fans.


'This World Never Wanted Me' opens up the record with thick muddy chugging guitars down picking slowly as thing are introduced as heavy as they possibly could be. This introduction feels like nothing but a ticking time bomb upon first listen. And by the time we hit track number two, 'Mental Demolition' takes us to another world, One which explodes through our speakers with pace and angst. Ladies and gentlemen Terror are back once more and they’re taking no prisoners.


Total Retaliation isn’t a record that adresses the silly cliches that can be found in almost any other record of the same genre. Instead this feels like a record that is simply about the war that is the modern-day.  Most importantly Terror are still their fantastic believable selves. The band sound as if they believe every word Scott Vogel spits. 'In Spite Of These Times' is a whirlwind of headbanding groovy hardcore goodness that will have even the most casual fan fist pumping along to.

'Spirit Of Sacrifice', one of the records finest moments comes moments after an interlude that breaks up the record nicely. Those fans of hip hop will be pleased. 'Resistant To The Change' is a big ending to a big record, another fine moment  that sounds and feels like an adequate conclusion to what has been one of the bands finest offerings in a back catalogue of strong contenders. It’s not often that bands can still do this so deep into their career. Our only complaint with it all being over far too soon.


The release of Total Retaliation couldn’t have come at a better time. The band recently visited UK shores as part of the Persistence Tour that saw a star-studded lineup including Hatebreed  take over the Kentish Town Forum. Once more, Terror will be gracing UK shores as a part of their own tour in celebration of the new record which will see the band play 2 nights at the Camden Underworld in London, A venue some consider to be London’s home of hardcore music. Terror Have crafted what seems to be some of the best work to date In these songs that will ensure the Underworld is nothing short of a war zone come December.




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