Terror - Total Retaliation (Album Review)
About the band
Los Angeles natives Terror have been in the Hardcore/Metal scene since 2002. With 6 studio albums, 2 early demos, 5 live albums, 5 EPs and countless shows all over the world with many other acts along the way, Scott Vogel and the gang have made themselves known as they have carved their notch in the underground music scene. Each album more progressed and polished than the last, the message remains the same.
Founding member Scott Vogel is known for staying true to the old school Hardcore code and keeping that aspect of the scene alive. The newer crop of hardcore influenced bands coming up have carried this code loud and clear.
Like many other hardcore/metal acts, Terror lyrically appeals to the aggressive attitude of outcasts and rejects of all ages who can identify with similar issues that effect their everyday life. As a band, they are a good role model that hard work, and believing in your work will pay off with each album. Their will and determination has been a respectable trait that has taken them to the status they are at now, and they have earned it. With that said, onward to Total Retaliation.
Before the release, I heard “Mental Demolition”, but not any other material or trailers, so I knew what type of sound to expect. When Terror released their last LP “The 25th Hour”, their sound changed drastically from their previous albums. The sound was more fuller, way more polished, the overall product coming out Total Retaliation is no different and you get that hearing that first opening riff and crash introduction to the opening track “This World Never Wanted Me”. Scott Vogel screaming in great form about the acceptance of being rejected in society which doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. I completely understood it. The song is so heavy, catchy and an all around great introduction, that I let go immediately as I entered into Terror’s world once again.
The rest of the album stomps through in similar fashion. Chock full of attitude and rage with tracks like “Get Off My Back” and “I Don’t Know You” as well as mindful tracks like “Spirit Of Sacrifice” and “In Spite Of These Times”, Terror seems to have followed the same formula as “The 25th Hour”, which isn’t a bad thing by any means.
One pleasant surprise was their rap interlude which gave a nice Billy The Kid-like “cool down” feeling to the album and shows that Terror, though well versed in the old school Hardcore lifestyle, is also accepting of the influential addition of Hip Hop in the genre. Total Retaliation is an onslaught of an album. Fast and Furious, any Hardcore Beatdown enthusiast would get a kick out of this effort.
If you are a fan of Terror, you will love this album as it has Terror’s metallic yet hardcore 25th Hour formula of catchy riffs, change-ups, street smart attitude, and general pissed off, yet driven lyricism. The only difference in production between these two albums is that the guitars “pop” a little more on Total Retaliation, but if you heard both albums back to back, one could easily think it was the same recording session.
One thing I took away from this short, sweet effort was that I felt less angry as albums like these are a great placement of anger. If you get into an argument or just have a bad day in dealing with others, a quick listen to this will certainly change your mood for the better. It’s also a great album to work out to as that extra bit a rage pumping into your ears will squeeze out those extra reps you may not have thought was in you otherwise.
If you are not a fan of their last album and are more of a “Live By The Code” kind of Terror fan, then you may be as disappointed in this LP. Personally, I think it’s worth taking half an hour to give this brutal, yet fun album the Pepsi challenge.
Total Retaliation is a Pure Noise and Nuclear Blast Records Release. You can purchase the album and other merchandise here. Total Retaliation is also available for streaming. Check your music streaming service such as YouTube Music, Spotify or Itunes. You can find out more information about Terror here and follow them on Twitter. See if Terror is coming to your town as they are currently touring and are known for their high energy shows. Dates available here.