Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review: Terrifier - Metal or Death

Terrifier were initially founded in 2003 under the name Skull Hammer in British Columbia, Canada. The group quickly gained recognition with audiences across the country, touring with acts such as 3 Inches of Blood, Dismemberd and Holy Grail, while their debut full-length album sought them a small legion of fans. However, after one demo and a full-length release, the ensemble parted ways with their previous drummer and updated their name to Terrifier in 2012. After filling their ranks with another skin beater, the quartet released a follow up EP under their new name earlier in 2013. Metal or Death, which will it be?

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: July 1st, 2013
  1. Metal or Death
  2. Infernal Overdrive
  3. Wretched Damnation
Total Playtime: 11 minutes, 53 seconds







Rating: 10/10





Terrifier were initially founded in 2003 under the name Skull Hammer in British Columbia, Canada. The group quickly gained recognition with audiences across the country, touring with acts such as 3 Inches of Blood, Dismemberd and Holy Grail, while their debut full-length album sought them a small legion of fans. However, after one demo and a full-length release, the ensemble parted ways with their previous drummer and updated their name to Terrifier in 2012. After filling their ranks with another skin beater, the quartet released a follow up EP under their new name earlier in 2013. Metal or Death, which will it be?

It's too short. It's hard to swallow, but now that I've gotten all of my negative comments out of the way, try to let it roll off of your backs and make room for the positive points of this EP. The three-track listing comes across easily as an 80's styled thrash metal record, complete with high treble and a good mesh of thrasher riffs and punk style. In fact, the content in many aspects has a sound similar to that of Living in Darkness by Agent Orange. The same can be said that, for the most fleeting of moments, instrumentally the material has a similar sound of Joel Grind's Yellowgoat Sessions which was released earlier this year, but with more complexity added during the musical arrangements and sans the satanic themes.


All three songs pack a heavy one-two punch with their groovy, multi-fret bass lines that subtly rises up above the guitars. This element makes its presence exceedingly well known and consistently keeps its audibility, and in doing so adds a level to thrash metal that is generally overlooked and under-heard. Never becoming overbearing, the twangy bass coincides flawlessly with the guitars. While the lead guitar cleanly plucks and sweeps away at uncluttered solos, the rhythm guitar uses an intense range of palm muted and open riffs with short, single note bridges to fill in the gaps here and there. These bridges are incredibly tasty treats, in that they are nearly mini-solos in their complexity. As the two guitars and bass are working in frantic, harmonic union, the drums find themselves blasting away in the background with fluid rolls, evolving blast beats, fancy double bass footwork and hi-hat crashes. While the footwork is quick as a machine gun, the handwork finds itself often playing off the patterns of the rhythm guitar to create memorable hooks. Last, but not least, the element that ties everything together into a rumbling package of thrash glory are the vocals. Even though they come off as your typical thrash metal style vocals, every now and then the ear can catch a momentary glimpse of both power metal and death metal qualities as well, from immaculate highs to deep growls.

Metal or Death is a short lived thrash experience that is worth listening to in full for all of the eleven minutes and fifty three seconds of blissful content that is furiously pumped out. As stated at the beginning of the review, the only thing that is a shame here is how little material there is. Hopefully Terrifier's next release is at least twice as long than what is presented here. Recommended to thrash metal fans everywhere, especially those who are fond of modern 80's style throwbacks. This EP is not one to be missed.

Digital Download Provided by: Vlad Promotion

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