Terror
Keepers of the Faith


3.5
great

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
September 24th, 2010 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Maximum output! Activate the pit!"

Oh boy, if there ever was a band that stays true to the basic approach and attack of hardcore/punk, these guys would be it. First, look at that album name… just look. Now back to here, the boys from the City of Angels are back, yet again, with another slab of ‘tough guy’ hardcore and if you ever doubted that hardcore was seriouz bizness than newest album Keepers of the Faith is an album for you, cause this is no fucking joke. Terror have been around for quite a while and even before that each member has already had extensive experience in the scene, most notably with members from legendary straight edge band Carry On. These guys take hardcore to new levels that most wouldn’t really expect, as the new fad in hardcore seems to be either blackening it or mixing it with emotion and dissonance. Terror does neither of that, their music comes in the form of blistering thrash metal inspired riffs and marrying it with hardcore breakdowns, and tough guy two-step ‘one-two-one-two’ breaks. Now, two years after the release of their last album, Terror comes back to take their crown as kings of the ‘tough guy hardcore’ scene, and Keepers of the Faith does just that.

Hardcore is more than just music. It changes lives and is comprised of a collection of men and women, boys and girls of all ages, that share a love for blistering fast and angry music and Terror has taken this ethos and have carved a career out of it. In Keepers of the Faith, we see Terror continuing on their legacy of the lifestyle that is hardcore. ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ is the approach that Terror has taken on this album, and surprisingly, after multiple albums and releases, Terror still pulls it off impressively well! This is Hell and Reign Supreme is going to have to be taking notes down on how to execute this, because they still have quite a ways to go before they can pull this off as easily as Terror can. Keepers of the Faith is basic hardcore, there’s no lie or any way around that fact. The band itself is an easy way to get into hardcore before a listener can start to explore the deeper sub genres of it. However, Terror have done such an honest job at keeping their sound interesting and infectiously catchy that it is hard to fault them, especially on Keepers of the Faith.

Vocalist Scott Vogel is quite the famous man in hardcore. Practically carrying the ‘tough-guy’ image on his fairly broad shoulders, his lyrics of self-help, perseverance and a disgust of what hardcore would call ‘morally wrong’ has given Vogel an outlet for this lyrical ability and it is no different on Keepers of the Faith. Songs like ‘You’re Caught’ sees Vogel ripping promiscuity in half and their album titled song ‘Keepers of the Faith’ is a fiery anthem to hardcore in general, uplifting the lifestyle and praising those who ‘keep the faith’. The band itself does a competent job at providing the listener with groovy metallic hardcore, but it’s until the last half of the album that the band truly starts to shine. Terror have always had a thrash metal edge to them, and on Keepers of the Faith we see Terror finally starting to embrace that image a bit more than on previous albums. This is especially felt on their final track ‘Defiant’ which features very impressive thrash inspired drum and guitar work and rewards the listener with, check it, an actual guitar solo that is actually quite good and technical. Now they definitely aren’t your next Slayer, don’t get me wrong, but it just shows that Terror aren’t afraid to experiment a bit. It is because of this that Terror get extra point for their willingness to think a bit outside the box, if only slightly.

If you already have distaste for metallic hardcore, then Keepers of the Faith is not the album for you. Terror, while providing some new ideas, is still Terror. With an album named the way it is, it probably won’t come off as a surprise that they stay close to their approach of tough guy, breakdown laden hardcore that got them the fame that they have. But while bands like This is Hell is slowly starting to sink into mediocrity and obscurity, Terror still have enough stamina and ideas to keep listeners engaged throughout the album. The last half of this album clearly shines more than the first half, so if you are willing to give this a shot then start with ‘You’re Caught’ and if you still can’t stand it, then turn off Keepers of the Faith as the rest will do little to help that opinion.



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cvlts
September 24th 2010


8967 Comments


get ur new era caps fitted and ur mesh shorts on ppl, cause Terror be comin to a pit near you!

lol had fun writing this. happy 30th review dante

Relinquished
September 24th 2010


25214 Comments


this rules

cvlts
September 24th 2010


8967 Comments


review or album?

Relinquished
September 24th 2010


25214 Comments


both, man

cvlts
September 24th 2010


8967 Comments


saah-weeet!!

lol yeah this album be hellla fun bro! i wrote this while rockin my agnostic front tee.

ThePalestMexican
September 24th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

BETRAYAAAAARRRRR!!!
LOOK ME IN THE EYES!!!

cvlts
September 24th 2010


8967 Comments


WHY AM I IN SO MUCH PAIN THIS TIIIIIMEE???

ugh, song sucked balls AHAHHA

Dryden
September 24th 2010


12960 Comments


tuff guy muxixc

cvlts
September 24th 2010


8967 Comments


http://yourscenesucks.com/

direct u to the hxc tough guy.

thats wats up.

Dryden
September 24th 2010


12960 Comments


o man

TheAngstyVirgin
September 24th 2010


404 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, I found this and all of their previous works slightly underwhelming.

cvlts
September 24th 2010


8967 Comments


o nozzzz

@pit: you gave This is Hells new one a 2, so i cant really blame you.

TheAngstyVirgin
September 24th 2010


404 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol

cvlts
September 24th 2010


8967 Comments


it aint no Weekend Nachos, thats fer sure.

TheAngstyVirgin
September 24th 2010


404 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dat iz fer shur

cvlts
September 24th 2010


8967 Comments


so go ahead wat u waitn for? 2 this, pos it, then get the fuck out.

TheAngstyVirgin
September 24th 2010


404 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Don't rush me. I need time to think!

ThePalestMexican
September 24th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not gonna lie I took a quick listen and so far it's a 3.5 on fun value

TheAngstyVirgin
September 24th 2010


404 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

We wouldn't expect anything else other than that from you Palest.

ThePalestMexican
September 24th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn skippy!



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