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Terror: Always the Hard WayAlways the Hard Way (2006)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: Ben_ConoleyBen_Conoley
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There are very few certainties in life, but they do exist:
Whoa! Thatís right -- Iím putting my cred (yeah, right) on the line. Iím saying it. Terror is going to be one of those consistently dependable bands that every music fan needs. Always the Hard Way is the Los Angelesí bandís second full-length, adding to a small, but impressive collection of EPs and splits. For anyone familiar with their previous work, such as the stellar 2002 EP Lowest of the Low and 2004ís One with the Underdogs, the bandís latest effort wonít be a surprise. What can I say -- it sounds like Terror.
For those who arenít in the know, Terror plays a ferocious blend of metal and hardcore. They often come really close to falling knee-deep into tough guy, and get their feet wet with it a few times. But heck, listen to this stuff and youíll see that itís an accomplishment to avoid a 100% tough guy takeover. Despite the nearly-constant double-bass drum pummeling, thereís some real melody hiding somewhere in there along with loads of opportunities for fist-pumping, finger-pointing sing-alongs.
However, what makes Terror stand out from the pack -- besides the clear conviction and honesty in what they do -- is that if you donít take the few negative aspects of them too seriously, you can have a lot of fun with Always the Hard Way.
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