28 August 2015

Terror - The Twenty Fifth Hour

As noted in the dictionary.com, this is the meaning of Terror:

1. Intense, sharp, overmastering fear: to be frantic with terror.

2. An instance or cause of intense fear or anxiety; quality of causing terror: to be a terror to evildoers.

3. Any period of frightful violence or bloodshed likened to the Reign of Terror in France.

4. Violence or threats of violence used for intimidation or coercion; terrorism.

5. Informal. A person or thing that is especially annoying or unpleasant

It is missing two other definitions, one if the release of a Brokencyde album and the other is a five-piece American band with members from Los Angeles, California and Richmond, Virginia, formed in 2002.  In the thirteen years that have past, they have released two early demos, six studio albums, four EP's, three live albums, two split EP's (with Ringworm & Plan of Attack) and one compilation album.  They have also had nine members come and go through the five piece, toured the world, invited a lot of stage divers to diver off their stage and have kept the hardcore alive.  I must admit, this is more Jerm's thing if I am honest; but he is too busy playing Arkham Knight to do much else (bless his cottons).  But the name intrigues me here for some reason, gaining interest is half the battle, so let's see what is happening on 'The Twenty Fifth Hour'.

Well unlike most of the other reviews I have been doing, I am going old school with a shorten review as this album is short, sharp ball of fury that does not need to be overstated; what you have here is a powder keg of aggression and noise that is designed to make the body want to circle pit, jump off as many stages as possible and it has various messages in the fourteen track album about not having time for fools ("No Time For Fools"), people leeching off the energy of others ("Why"), selling out and giving up on what you believed in ("Blinded By The Lights"), knowing where one's place is ("Deep Rooted") and more besides.  Like a lot of hardcore albums, you know that there is a few no-go areas; basically if you are wanting something that deviates from the template of crunching riffs, crowd chanting chorus sections, great grooves and powerful drumming, then you are going to love this album.  It reminds me of Bad Brains, Sick of it All and has a positive old school vibe to the album.  It is refreshing to hear something as honest and dedicated to one sound, it is twenty three minutes of anthems for the disenchanted who are looking for people who feel the same and an outlet for their pent-up anger.  It might not be my thing, but it is up there with The Armed for pure fucked off aggression in 2015 and has made me interested in checking out the rest of their collection.  

7.5 out of ten - This is good and worth checking out

Top track - Blinded by the Light

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