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Terrorizer – Hordes of Zombies

Terrorizer – Hordes of Zombies

HH Cover
Written by: Richter
Artist: Terrorizer
Title: Hordes of Zombies
Label: Season of Mist 
Catalogue: SOM 254
Genre: Grindcore / Death Metal

01. Intro
02. Hordes of Zombies
03. Ignorance and Apathy
04. Subterfuge
05. Evolving Era
06. Radiation Syndrome
07. Flesh to Dust
08. Generation Chaos
09. Broken Mirrors
10. Prospect of Oblivion
11. Malevolent Ghosts
12. Forward to Annihilation
13. State of Mind
14. A Dying Breed

Well, if you love Grindcore you certainly know them – the American four members act Terrorizer, who did a lot to define the contours and the sound of the whole Grind genre and are rightly revered as godfathers of Grindcore. Their debut full-length album “World Downfall” is one of the cornerstones of this relentless ultra-fast music and proved to be an influence on the musical taste of many extreme headbangers.

This was released in 1989, the next hit was done in 2006 when the album “Darker Days Ahead” came out, but that reunion attempt suffered a severe blow when the guitarist Jesse Pintado (also played in Napalm Death, Lock Up and Brujeria) died from diabetes worsened by his rumoured alcoholism.

Yet sometimes they return. Terrorizer got themselves the new line up consisting of the renowned Morbid Angel drummer Pete Sandoval, his bandmate David Vincent on bass, Wolf aka Anthony Rezhawk on vocals and the female guitarist Katina Culture. These guys are preparing to crush us – the Grindcore freaks – with their third full-length cannon ball named “Hordes of Zombies”. This thing greets us with the happy greenish cover full of smiling walking corpses infecting the deteriorating modern world; this post apocalyptic thing somehow reminds me of Darkthrone covers – the Punk Black Metal prophets.

This Punk / Hardcore feel to the cover art makes us anticipate the same Hardcore primitiveness in music. And here it is, yet remember – primitive is not always bad. Here we get breath taking fast and precise old school drumming with ancient blastbeats – breath in the retro spirit of the days of yore… Yet retro doesn’t mean outdated or obsolete – firstly, Commando (Pete Sandoval) is so brutally fast and accurate that you somehow get overwhelmed by his pummelling blasts, and secondly, the sound quality is top notch, not in the least because of the great job done here by Dan Swanö at his Unisound Studios. The drums are thick, the kick drums are resonant, the guitar riffs are heavy as hell (though not suppressing some laconic melodies thrown in here and there), the bass is fat and the growls are damned angry. The never ending race of this music, its unstoppable pace makes you forget everything, lean back and just enjoy the speed. To top it all, the guitar skills of the string wielding brunette are awesome – check out the pinch harmonics patterns in the song “Ignorance And Apathy” which gets my both thumbs up and total headbanging.

And you’d better do the same – headbang – cause this is really some monster of an album. Every fan of the good old school Grindcore will cum when violated by this music. It’s a real good chunk of rotten green meat.

Rating: 4.5/5