WORDS: DEC SHERRY
When it comes to hardcore, it’s hard to deny the importance that New York had on the genre from the get-go. Journey to the west coast however and you’ll find a scene that has churned out countless of monumental bands, names such as Black Flag, Vegan Reich, AFI and Nails being just to hail from the west coast.
One of the biggest names in contemporary hardcore, however, is Terror, of whom are now on their seventh studio album; plenty of which have served invaluable to the progression of the hardcore scene certainly earning them the title of legendary.
2010’s Keepers of The Faith was far more than just another album by another macho sounding hardcore mob – the name itself has spoken volumes to different movements, and naturally been printed on countless t-shirts for nearly a decade now.
“the name itself has spoken volumes to different movements…”
Produced by legendary vocalist and producer Chad Gilbert (also of New Found Glory fame) vocalist Scott Vogel speaks on the choice of Gilbert for the role of producing KOTF on the band’s Keepers Of The Faith documentary, saying “I came up with the idea of Chad because I think he knows who Terror is and what we’re about and that we have a pretty solid foundation and we’re not really gonna change too much; and could shed some light on how to make our songs better and more memorable, and more a song instead of quick bursts of energy or anger. That’s still there but we’re doing it in more a maybe… calculated way”
Vogel cries out over the course of the record about the dire state the world is in and speaks of how the band want to change in what they see around them. This passion and energy are matched by the band’s sound. With the introduction of new bass player David Wood of Down To Nothing and guitarist Jordan Posner previously of No Warning, Keepers of the Faith possess a more mature sound Terror were beginning to pursue, all whilst still holding strong the sound and atmosphere of Terror’s previous releases. The band even credited their success on grounding themselves on a familiar sound with founding member and drummer Nick Jett saying on the Keepers of the Faith documentary, “I think that’s one thing that’s cool about our band, we haven’t changed a lot y’know? We’re still kinda keeping to our roots, we’re not recording something that’s stripped down and raw one record and the next record we’re a metal band or this band or whatever, we’ve kinda kept true to our original sound the best we can… we’ve kinda like kept our original sound and our roots and where we came from and tried to push as many boundaries as we can but not strayed too far away from the original formula of the band”.
“Everything on this record is well rounded, it’s kind of like a rollercoaster y’know?”
This approach to the record may sound like a band trying to play it safe, but Terror are far from that. They created a record that had the vital parts of who they already were and mixed in other elements to create the record that would solidify the band and catapult them around the world. “The band musically has grown, I think they’ve taken some different steps that they’ve never done before, tried different things. There’s a couple more melodic sounding riffs on here, there’s some thrashier stuff and then there’s some really heavy straightforward hardcore stuff… it’s all tied in really cool together! Everything on this record is well rounded, it’s kind of like a rollercoaster y’know?”
Keepers of the Faith wasn’t the last we’d hear of Terror, nor does it stick in the minds of fans as a peak in the success compared to the releases that followed it, but it surely does stand out amongst countless bands in the scene as a real masterpiece of contemporary hardcore.
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