Terror - The 25th Hour (Century Media)

Short, sharp, but no shocks...
Release Date: 
6 Aug 2015 - 11:30pm

Despite featuring fourteen tracks, the new album from LAHC stalwarts Terror – their sixth studio outing by my reckoning – clocks in at just under twenty three minutes in length, meaning you’ll hear longer Eps in 2015; However you won’t hear many expositions of pure, dripping commitment in that timespan, which makes Terror once-again one of the must-hear artists in their chosen field.

The trouble with the brevity of the tracks is that nothing really gets the chance to get lodged in the consciousness. Indeed it isn’t until the middle of the third track that you actiually realise you’ve already heard two songs, such is the slightly undeveloped (if highly muscular) nature of what’s been put on the table here.

Unlike their trans-continental peers Madball and Agnostic Front, Terror rarely feel the need to inject much melody into proceedings, rarely resorting to the ‘gang chorus’ mentality so favoured on the US coast. When they do hit on a bit of a chorus, as on the brilliant Blinded by Lights, they rely purely on the ironclad throat of vocalist Scott Vogel to get the point across (although the spiky Sick and Tired does feature a smattering of Sick of it All-style background vocals). But that’s fine, as every song is short enough for you not to miss the absence of the chance for a shout along. Sedentary audiences will probably therefore be more enthused by the more uptempo material on offer; Trust No Face starts off at the double and gets the blood racing nicely before settling back into a grinding finale, whilst Why? too starts dramatically with some nicely worked drums from Nick Jett weaving nicely with the prominent basswork of David Wood

Mind at War is probably this writer’s fave track on the album; It motors along nicely almost in the vein of Discharge before again breaking down into a sludgy midsection, but if truth be told it’s not so different from most of the other tracks here, meaning that if you like this kinda stuff there’s nothing on offer that won’t engender some sort of reaction from the committed listener. The 25th Hour is not Terror’s best work by any means, but it’s still a pretty good way to spend twenty odd minutes.