It’s always exciting to be introduced to new bands, especially after
years of listening to Metal, when you may be tempted to feel like
you’ve seen and heard it all. There are many metalheads out there who
say the last of the great Thrash bands died out in the 80’s and early
90’s. Those that claim this have clearly not heard of Terror Empire, who, with
this release, show that Thrash is still a viable force in metal. After
listening to this record, one thing is clear, the band’s main focus has
always been to produce a traditional “thrash metal sound” with traces of
what has been part of the modern metal sound, such as odd time
signatures, breakdowns and a bit of groove. Simply put, the band may be
disguised as Groove/Thrash, but make no mistake, this album is 100% pure
aggressive, in-your-face traditional Thrash blended with modern
elements at its absolute very best. Sure, it doesn’t sound like Overkill
or Slayer, but that differentiation from the usual sound that thrash
bands are associated with helps give this band an identity of their own.
The name “Terror Empire” represents an omnipresent reality that has
been exposed worldwide since the 9/11 attacks. Since then, there has
been official and paranoid propaganda in order to stifle and deprive all
human beings from their individual rights, so they can be subdued to
the ever-present feeling of terror.
One thing which I really like about the band is the ability to mix
the basic elements of moderate to high speed thrash with beefed-up
drumming to modernize the genre’s sound, achieving a welcome robustness.
Ricardo Martins vocals are spit out with appropriate venom, and on guitars the tandem of Rui Alexandre and Sergio Alves deliver controlled speed, energetic strumming and spectacular solos. With Rui Paga on bass and Gonçalo Marques drum set establishes the foundation with a satisfying bass-heavy emphasis.
To be honest there really isn’t much point in analyzing each song and
sorting them out since each and every track from the album leaves the
listener with a wholly unique vibe and you end up with an ubiquitous
feeling of terror. Out of six tracks, there is no temps’ mort and the
whole selection is insane as hell right from the beginning – from the
super insane groovy opening song “Dirty Bomb” to the closing with the
infectious “Last Fire”.
Simply put, this is a phenomenal sounding metal record. Yes, there
are a lot of those around but for some reason this one sticks out for
me. In addition to that, their sound deftly blends old school influences
like Exodus and Testament with modernized sound that doesn’t sound out
of place when in the company of bands like Unearth or Shadows Fall. All
this while sounding distinctly like themselves. They bring the old
school to the present and make it sound like the new school.
To conclude, the Portugal metal masters, Terror Empire’s New Album, “Face the Terror”
is one of the best thrash albums I have heard in this year and I have
to be very honest when I say that bands are going to have to come up
with something pretty special to beat this gem. This is the truth of the
matter, because all of their tracks are fucking awesome; the absolute
epitome of what Thrash can be. I hope they wreak the rewards of it.
Bottom Line: ALL KILLER, NO FILLER —– THRASH —— 6 Crazy SONGS, 68 Insane RIFFS & 24 Fucking SOLOS m/
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Owais ‘Vitek’ Wani