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Terror

Terror: One With The UnderdogsOne With The Underdogs (2004)
Trustkill Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Last year, the boys of Terror hit the hardcore scene in the face with a snow shovel when they released the viciously brutal Lowest of the Low. Now, a little over a year later and a new label under their belt, Terror gives a second stab into the world of hardcore with One With The Underdogs. Now, l.
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Last year, the boys of Terror hit the hardcore scene in the face with a snow shovel when they released the viciously brutal Lowest of the Low. Now, a little over a year later and a new label under their belt, Terror gives a second stab into the world of hardcore with One With The Underdogs. Now, let's face it, if you don't like tough-guy moshcore, then don't pick up this album. You will find it to be the epitome of everything you hate about tough-guy moshcore. Terror in themselves are not really that inventive of a band, they just make music that is about as pleasant to listen to as getting hit by cars "Meet Joe Black" style.

Yet, at the same time, for people that can tolerate the tough-guy moshcore sound, Terror does a pretty good job of making it good. In Lowest of the Low they reached new levels of simplistic, but still incredibly brutal, hardcore. In One With The Underdogs they didn't try to make it anymore brutal, but in the end, they ended up with an album fifty times as raw as their debut. The opening title track is pure heavy hitting hardcore. Simple guitar riffs, fast drumming, prominent bass, and Scott Vogel's perfect genre scream. Actually, it is not really a scream more so as it is a very loud, very angry yell. The production of the album showcases his yell much better than Lowest of the Low. The vocals are a huge improvement over the debut from all the band members. This time around, Terror employs the traditional "every-band-member-yells-two-words-that-live-the-audience-can-easily-scream-and-pump-fist-to." In songs like "Crushed by the Truth," this technique completely makes the song as a frantic "not me" is yelled after about 1.5 seconds of Vogel's yell. It all builds up to a collective "crushed by the truth" from everyone, and the climax of the short and intense song is made complete by this vocal bombardment.

Speaking of vocals, a very odd aspect of the album for me was the guest appearances. Seemingly usually reserved for the latest commercial rap single, Terror employed the use of Jamie Jasta, Lord Ezac, Hard Cory, and Freddy Cricien on various songs. The end result is a little bit disconcerting. I have never been a huge fan of guest vocals, especially when they are singing verses instead of just doing random backing vocals. But on songs like "Spit My Rage," the song is hurt by the guest appearance of Jamie Jasta, mainly because his scream doesn't sound nearly as cool as Vogel's.

For the guitars and everything else, it is normal Terror, some songs a little bit sped up, others just designed for a steady head thrashing beat. They throw in a few more guitar hooks this time around. "Not This Time" actually has an intro instead of just launching full on into pure brutality. But when it starts, it maintains the slower beat, relying on what is no more than a simple mosh riff to carry the entire song. Overall, the guitars are a bit more complex than their previous effort, especially on the faster songs like "Are We Alive?" and "Find My Way." The faster songs gain a sort of frantic raw energy that explodes on the standard hardcore mosh riff, where in some instances, the boys of Terror actually use two or three different ones in a row before continuing on with the song.

There really isn't that much that is inventive or new about this album. But for fans of the more standard, brutal hardcore, this album is a must. One With The Underdogs may be cliché in some of the lyrics and swagger of the album, but it is so much tougher than the standard tough swagger and so much more intense than the standard expected intensity.

 

 
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glaskunt (April 29, 2007)

Great cd

crazytoledo (May 19, 2006)

Hopefully that post isn't referncing me...

This is okay I guess.

Anonymous (September 15, 2005)

toledo says this is crap.

Anonymous (September 16, 2004)

"Bad Brains weren't metal at all, and neither were Black Flag. Metal influences, maybe, but shit, "the Man Who Sold the World" had a metal influence, definitely not metal. Sick Of It All are from the late 80's, and Agnostic Front weren't metallish til the mid 80's.

Also, they still sound more like punk than metal. This new stuff has no punk rock/old hardcore sound to it whatsoever. Just metal."

I didn't hear anyone mention any new bands, and they also said metal influences, so now you are agreeing with what you were arguing against.

Anonymous (September 16, 2004)

Bad Brains weren't metal at all, and neither were Black Flag. Metal influences, maybe, but shit, "the Man Who Sold the World" had a metal influence, definitely not metal. Sick Of It All are from the late 80's, and Agnostic Front weren't metallish til the mid 80's.

Also, they still sound more like punk than metal. This new stuff has no punk rock/old hardcore sound to it whatsoever. Just metal.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

"Actually, real hardcore ala Minor Threat, Black Flag, etc. is not a fusion of metal and punk at all, but sped up punk.

Hardcore influenced metal more than metal did hardcore. Sounds like you listen to crossover.

Unless you consider this mosh crap "hardcore"."

Look at Sick of it All, and Agnostic Front, and Bad Brains, and yes even Black Flag had metal influences. Jesus, learn something about the genre, it wasn't just spead up punk.

pwfanatic (September 15, 2004)

bsd, i agree with you to a certain degree, but i think today, in a lot of the hardcore bands today you can see some metal influences creeping through.

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

Actually, real hardcore ala Minor Threat, Black Flag, etc. is not a fusion of metal and punk at all, but sped up punk.

Hardcore influenced metal more than metal did hardcore. Sounds like you listen to crossover.

Unless you consider this mosh crap "hardcore".

-BSD

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

"All hardcore has a metal influence? God?

To quote the Mach':

You's a chump!

-BSD"

Do you listen to hardcore, it was all a fusion of punk and metal, thats just the way it is. You're wanting it to be different doesn't make it so.

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

Oh geeze, you're a moron. I don't know what school lets kids out AFTER 10 PM, but it sure isn't any around here.

You... Are an idiot.

-BSD

lostinthecrowd13 (September 15, 2004)

BSD aren't you supposed to be in school right now? Does your teacher know you're on the internet?

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

All hardcore has a metal influence? God?

To quote the Mach':

You's a chump!

-BSD

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

Do you even know what thrash is? Cause BANE is nowhere near thrash, and all hardcore has metal influence, god.

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

Bane is popular, but they're awesome. They're definitely not hardcore. Sound more like thrash with hardcore tendencies, but are still good.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

I was at the Chicago show for SOIA, and I didn't see many fashioncore kids, and hell I guess I may have been one of them cause I wore a BANE shirt. But seriously, if you are fashioncore chances are you're not gonna be at a SOIA, Terror, Champion, With Honor show. Hell, you shouldn't give a damn about them dancing or their clothes, they love the music, so get over yourself. Christ. Sides, Terror put on a great set, it was no SOIA, but it fucking shreded.

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

I feel some floorpunching and ridiculous-looking ninja pit action coming on. Time to break out the BANE hoodie and get a crew cut.

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

Three words for you all....

No Innocent Victim

Yes, terror is a damn good band though..

-=Brian=-

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

i knew there was a reason i check this site.. a hardcore pee wee herman song. awesome.

the song is for the clever fuck who wrote that

jd

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

could you maybe say tough-guy moshcore a few more times?

up da toughguy moshcore punx

jd

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

LIKE OMG!!, wat a bunch a stupid jockss and fratboys sxe faggots, come on guys its about unittty, and lall these guys wanna do is drink their booze and beat me up in like teh parkinglot and grabb my girrlfrieends boobies, what bunch of neaandeerthals, like totally.

UP DA PUNX.

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

terror is pretty fucking lame

Anonymous (September 13, 2004)

Someone posted a few squares down that this is for "frat boys who wish they were punk" look dude, just because somones fucking cares about their body and works out more than once a decade and isn't a total fucking dork doesn't mean you're a "frat boy", yeah I used to like to beat up geeks but that was because they need that asswipe.

Anonymous (September 13, 2004)

Score for "DON'T CROSS PEE-TOWN CREW", I can only hope that a band actually records that someday.

Anonymous (September 13, 2004)

Not only is this band 100% narly, the singer is really cute. Check it out

Anonymous (September 13, 2004)

Not only is this band 100% narly, the singer is really cute. Check it out

Anonymous (September 13, 2004)

Whether or not Terror is sxe isn't the point. It's still shit music for frat boys who wish they were punk rock, but still enjoy hurting and bullying others.

Anonymous (September 13, 2004)

dude. terror isn't edge.

Anonymous (September 13, 2004)

Terror suck, fucking hard.

Thanks for ruining hardcore for the rest of us, you fucking fat, jockish meathead sXe-dicks.

Thanks alot. Unity my ass.

Anonymous (September 12, 2004)

i was at that chicago show at the hob. i went to see soia but i thought that the other bands were great! good show all around.

Anonymous (September 12, 2004)

Not to mention that Boston and NYC had two of the least vital hardcore scenes. LA? Well, hardcore was invented there, basically by the Germs, and the first hardcore scene sprung up there, too.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 12, 2004)

Well, contrary to popular belief, a band can, well, live ANYWHERE and play music.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 12, 2004)

where are these guys from? If it's not from Boston, DC or New York, can you really call it hardcore? It's like calling a wanna be New Wave band out of Montana Brit-Pop...

Anonymous (September 12, 2004)

Hhahaah SOA ref. ... golden.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 12, 2004)

I used to kind of like Terror but I don't know theres so much better shit than this of the same fucking style it honestly just gets really fucking lame. Trustkill sucks anyway, i liked the Hopesfall cd even though that is also pretty lame guilty pleasure im sorry.

- I Hate The Kids

Anonymous (September 12, 2004)

Yeah, because you know, telling people not to see a band and telling a band not to see themselves are so much the same... Seriously, it's dumb to bitch on message boards... But would be even dumber to go up to some ape who will serve up a can of WHOOPASS and say "you know, your band sucks. A lot. I might post it on my Xanga later."

-BSD

Anonymous (September 12, 2004)

I think terror are an awsome band. THis is the first time I've felt compelled to write anything on a message board. Everyones entitled to an opinion but I think dissing a band on a message board is pretty lame. Ironically a lot of terrors lyrics are directed at people who are happy to bitch about hardcore and never contribute to it. I read this in an interview with Scott V for a zine in Australia. Mr Vogel was quoted as saying "message boards are a joke.... its sad what some kids will say when they don't have to back it up". If the guy who went to the SOIA show, hated Terror so much that he had to tell the world about it on a message board maybe he should've gone up to Scott V in person and told him instead of whinging at home in the safety of his bedroom. Try and make a positive contribution! This album is awsome!

jamespastepunk (September 11, 2004)

Am I the only one who doesn't care about how people dance or dress at shows? Seems like everyone here puts a lot of stock in that.

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

I like this band. But I really don't get why people make a big deal about them.

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

Saw Terror with Sick Of It All last month in Chicago.
What a sorry excuse for a show. Trendy hardcore straight edge kids, and fashioncore losers are such piles of shit. It disgusts me that people like that live by me.
Even Lou from SOIA was ragging on you fucks.
If SOIA wasn't there, that would have been THE worst show I ever attended.

And Terror sucks.

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

If you like Seein' Red, check out the band Kriegstanz. It has Jos from Seein' Red in it. They are awesome.

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

BSD, seriously bro... start a band because that's some of the funniet shit i've ever read.

..or to put it another way, it's no more ridiculous than most of today's hardcore and a lot more enjoyable.

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

The guy is right... Early DRI, LARM, stuff like that... That's where hardcore WOULD have gone if the meatheads hadn't taken over. In my opinion, bands like Seein' Red, Charles Bronson, and Spazz are the perfect continuation of actual hardcore... They were thrash influenced, definitely, but they remembered the crucial speed. This new stuff is cruddy metal, at best.

-BSD

pwfanatic (September 11, 2004)

alright, like the weird fanboy a few posts below said, i guess i made a mistake.

the guest vocals that suck on "spit my rage" are not jamey's but lord ezac.

punkcorekid (September 11, 2004)

Terror aren't metalcore at all. They are sick bro! And I like the lyrics on this album....at least they're not album crying your heart out over a lost love.....or acting on violence on some girl when all you really did was sit there and cry about it.

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

"Blah Blah Blah...more metalcore...not bad by any means, but the same old shit.....whatever you wanna call it....it's NOT hardcore. Not that it matters, but the last I checked bands like Minor Threat and Black Flag played hardcore music.....this doesn't sound anything like those bands...nor is it even a 10th as brutal as, say, Black Flag, DRI, or Nausea."

i just love the elitism present here. because it doesn't sound the like the old hardcore, it's therefore not hardcore at all. fuck, last time i checked, sometimes styles of music progressed away from their roots.

FortyMinutesWest (September 11, 2004)

Jud Jud is fucking sick brah.

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

terror isn't a metalcore band. newer punk bands don't all sound like the older stuff, and neither does a lot of newer hardcore. some bands maintain the old sound, but a lot of hardcore bands don't have that sound anymore.

johnnydanger (September 11, 2004)

HATED & PROUD!

Long live Terror

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

This score is for someone referencing "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" and making fun of mosh-core at the same time. Priceless.

As for Terror....they do what they do in a decent fashion. But it doesn't change the fact that they're overrated.

-ObeyYourParents

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

Blah Blah Blah...more metalcore...not bad by any means, but the same old shit.....whatever you wanna call it....it's NOT hardcore. Not that it matters, but the last I checked bands like Minor Threat and Black Flag played hardcore music.....this doesn't sound anything like those bands...nor is it even a 10th as brutal as, say, Black Flag, DRI, or Nausea.

dazed (September 11, 2004)

(jud jud jud)

Score's for that. When it comes to Terror though I'd rather listen to, well, Jud Jud any day.

TrailerParkJesus (September 11, 2004)

oh, and here's your score.

TrailerParkJesus (September 11, 2004)

BSD, that was by far, the coolest thing you've ever posted on this site.

FortyMinutesWest (September 11, 2004)

The popularity of this band has always confused me. The fact that they'd appeal to hardcore fans isn't surprising, but they have cross genre appeal. That's usually reserved for bands doing something special, Terror is hardly special.

yemen88 (September 11, 2004)

Hey person two comments down, shut up.

BizzleBrizzle (September 11, 2004)

Very good for this style of music...i bought this cd on a whim(actually, the special vinyl cd was what sold me)

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

One of the best CDs this year! My biggest complaint is also the guest vocals on "Spit My Rage". Unfortunetely, the reviewer laid blame to the wrong person. You see, there were TWO guests on this song (1) Jamie Jasta of Hatebreed, and Lord Ezac (Who?), BOTH also of the band Icepick. Jamie sounded GREAT! However, Lord Ezac is a shitty vocalist! He sounds like a fucking retard who is enraged he can't find his special helmet! Seriously, take Pee Wee Herman trying to yell hardcore lyrics and you pretty much get the sound. Jamie is awesome however, and Scott (the band's vocalist) is one of the best himself! Track #1 will hit you like a freight train hauling bricks! Check this shit out for sure!

Warning! Not for pop-punk pussies!! If this is you, go out and buy the new Rise Against or something!!

Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

A hardcore song about Peewee's Big Adventure:

"DON'T CROSS PEE-TOWN CREW"

News flash! Fat Asshole steals my bike!
raaaaaaH!!!!
Playin' with his pussy ships!
Where will they be
When I'm breaking down his fucking walls?
BLAAAAAARGH

THESE ARRRRRMS
MY HEAAAART
LIKE A BURNING PET STORE FILLED WITH SNAKES
(Crew back up vox: PET STORE FILLED WITH SNAKES!)
A BURNING PET STORE
READY TO BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN

And on the way back...
TEAR DOWN THE ALAMO WITH MY FUCKING BIKE
Breaking these boundaries!
Smashing down the walls!
BLAAAAAAGH!
DRESS IN DRAG!
WITH A CONVICT!
THROUGH THE PO-LICE BARRIERS
Breakind through the barriers...

...

(jud jud jud)

LIKE I'M BREAKING YOUR BAAAAAAACK!!!!!

AND WHEN YOU'RE BLOODY
AND LYING AT MY FEET,
I'LL BE SURE TO GIVE THE HEADS UP
LARGE MARGE SENT ME, BITCH!

-BSD

Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

i mean, this band is pretty good, but everyone keeps making them out to be the saviors of hardcore and it just confuses me. converge at hellfest gave this big speech about how they have more heart than has been seen in the scene in 10 years and blah blah blah, and heart is important and all, but it's not enough when a band just retreads stuff that's been done before and done better. not to mention how fucking cheesy and poorly written the lyrics are. i mean, the music is solid and all, but goddamn they are not the fucking saviors of hardcore or the best new hardcore band or all that shit. way too much hype around this band. no thanks, i'll go listen ot bane or unbroken or threadbare or something.

Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

i still haven't picked this up for some reason. LOTL is really good, and what i've heard from this cd was pretty good too.

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