Terzij de Horde
A Rage of Rapture Against the Dying of Light


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
May 4th, 2011 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: this ugly duckling isn't so ugly anymore

Originally formed under the unfortunate moniker "Liar Liar Cross on Fire", Terzij de Horde's first incarnation presented an untapped potential with their 2008 release Exposed, Barren and Often Windswept; raw, passionate, yet underdeveloped, the skill to create a great record was definitely buried somewhere deep inside Liar Liar. The band's failure to realize a cohesive synthesis of black metal and screamo elements ultimately ruined what could have been an amazingly successful affair. Taking a year off, the band's lack of activity during 2009 caused most people to believe this Netherlands based group had disbanded, only to have their socks unexpectedly blown off by A Rage of Rapture Against the Dying of Light--the group's second EP (first under the title of Terzij de Horde), and a thoroughly satisfying effort that overcomes the band's former weaknesses and finally unearths the strengths we knew they had all along.

A Rage of Rapture Against the Dying of Light marks a large improvement upon Terzij de Horde's former self in essentially every aspect - from songwriting, instrumentation, to even production, the immense progression shown by these Dutch youngsters is so drastic it's almost unbelievable at times. Whereas previously it was easy to decypher the "black metal sections" from the "screamo sections", this time around Terzij de Horde's amalgamation of these two genres is near flawless; their utilization of black metal's sheer ferocity alongside screamo's often dynamic song structuring keeps A Rage and Rapture Against The Dying of Light an enthralling listen throughout. Fully embracing the former genres use of repetition yet also channeling the latter's use "build-up" song structures, a track like "Vertigo: the Mithraic Ritual" capitalizes on a crawling, dissonant start yet eventually erupts into a blast beat driven fervor, trading harsh tremolo guitar lines for bright and shimmering melodies, a contrast that on paper may seem a bit worrying but when executed with such thought and care makes for a greatly appreciated contrast.

Ironically enough, one of the best songs from A Rage of Rapture Against the Dying of Light happens to be a re-recorded track from Exposed, Barren, and Often Windswept; given a new lease on life, "The Roots of Doomsday Anxiety" great benefits from the band's new found attention to detail. Guitarist duo Stefan and Demian perform the track with a much greater sense of precision and tact this time around, throwing down intense, funeral crawl riffs one second and executing hardcore influenced power chord passages the next, this time without all the slop that hindered it previously. Vocalist Joost also seems to have improved, his dynamic rasp brimming with more emotion and conviction than ever before. He may not use a whole lot of variety but his passion is definitely something to be admired and certainly helps contribute to A Rage and Rapture Against the Dying of Light being the great listening experience that it is.

Making waves inside the world of black metal and especially its growing niche "post-black metal" is not a simple feat but with A Rage and Rapture Against the Dying of Light, Terzij de Horde have deservedly managed to make a name for themselves, garnering a large amount of fans and perhaps more importantly set the hype train in motion for their next release . As a group that has only just begun to unveil their dynamic style of chaotic blackened screamo, Terzij de Horde have already proven so much, and if given the chance, it's this reviewer's bet they'll only go on to prove so much more.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2011


16470 Comments


YOU SOUND LIKE YOU HAVE WRITER'S BLOCK OR SOMETHING


haha jk man

TheSpirit
May 4th 2011


17990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A pretty brief write-up for a pretty brief record. The conclusion is pretty weak I admit so any advice would be great, but overall I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. Comments/criticisms always welcome.

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2011


16137 Comments


Haha, brief. Almost all my reviews are about this long lol. This one is pretty good, though.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2011


18886 Comments


I actually kind of liked their first name, but i haven't listened to this yet.

Nice writers block review ;-)

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TheSpirit
May 4th 2011


17990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dudes :]

I just needed something to get the creative juices flowing so hopefully this will help better my next reviews.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2011


16470 Comments


I haven't written anything in almost a month so when I write up my Primordial review I'm expecting to have several drafts.

TheSpirit
May 4th 2011


17990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need to start drafting my reviews again but I was too lazy/eager this time around. I still need to listen to the new Primordial as well, I'm so out of the loop with 2011 black metal

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2011


16470 Comments


It's great but nothing really exemplary

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2011


18886 Comments


I've liked 3 bm albums so far this year so yeah, don't feel too bad.

Tyrael
May 4th 2011


20948 Comments


Nice review, can't wait to hear this.

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TheSpirit
May 4th 2011


17990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

enjoy!!

witchxrapist
May 4th 2011


11056 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Such a good fucking album. Some of the transitions between screamo and black metal parts are mindboggling-ly elie.

alachlahol
May 4th 2011


7509 Comments


wasn't impressed with this when i heard it and deleted the shit soon after. can't remember what it sounded like

PinkElephants
May 4th 2011


262 Comments


knew you would be fine man. review turned out quite well! pos'd

TheSpirit
May 4th 2011


17990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you! I can't really see you liking this anyway alachlahol

alachlahol
May 4th 2011


7509 Comments


what the fuck!!!

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2011


31495 Comments


Writers block my ass

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foreverendeared
May 4th 2011


14678 Comments


Please take into consideration the feedback I gave you on the first paragraph Review Proofreading thread as I spent a good amount of my time to help with it.

TheSpirit
May 4th 2011


17990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm, good changes, i'll fix those... thanks much :]

foreverendeared
May 4th 2011


14678 Comments


No problem!



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