It’s been a fine year for metallic hardcore.
We’ve had the likes of Primal Rite, Harms Way, Jesus Piece. And now we have the newest release from veterans Terror.
On the go since 2002, Terror never let you down.
They know what they do best, and they’re happy to deliver it in spades to an ever enthusiastic audience. Something that separates them from the recent atrocity by Madball.
Of course, with it being a metallic hardcore album, it would be fair to say that there are a certain amount of clichés on show (certainly in terms of the lyrics).
However, the power on display throughout the record is something that, not only overpowers the clichés, but also kinda revitalises them into something fresh.
Take opener ‘This World Never Wanted Me’ as an example. The gang vocals are genuinely intense, the chugging midtempo riff oozes restrained violence, and Scott Vogel’s voice can incite a riot. Listen to the moment when the whole band comes together around the forty second mark. It’s enough to knock the listener on their arse.
‘Mental Demolition’ ups the ante on the speed front and by God does it sound glorious.
It sounds massive and all encompassing, like this music should. Plus there’s the obligatory beatdown section as well. Sure, it may well be meat headed. But, by fuck, does it feel satisfying.
And, for the next 25 minutes, that’s what on display throughout. And that’s all you need to know.
Even the press release accompanying this album is only 190 words!
‘Total Retaliation’ is an album that makes no apologies for what it is. Exceptionally well produced, enjoyable and exuding genuine aggression, play it on the way to work on a Monday morning. You’ll start a pit in the boardroom.
What does let the LP down is the cover, which looks like a terrible Rollins Band tribute. And why has the graphic designer used the Impact font for the title? Meme ability?
But ignore that, and power on.
3 / 5 – Christopher Owens ::: 05/10/18