Original, seminal, influential, essential, and bah-roo-tal!
A. Stutheit | Denver, CO USA | 06/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Napalm Death and Bolt Thrower are often credited for being grindcore's godfathers, but Terrorizer were every bit as responsible for making and popularizing this type of music. In other words, if Napalm Death (who debuted in 1987) and Bolt Thrower (1988) planted grindcore's seeds, then Terrorizer watered them and helped them to grow and prosper. Thus, all three bands were at the root of grindcore's creation.
And Terrorizer were not only one of grindcore's first bands, they were also one of the first extreme metal supergroups. Two out of the four band members, bassist/vocalist David Vincent and drummer Pete Sandoval, would later become famous for their involvement in Morbid Angel, and guitarist Jesse Pintando was apart of Napalm Death.
All metalheads need to know the following two words: "World Downfall." This is the title of Terrorizer's first--and so far only--studio album (which was released in 1989). This disc is widely thought of as being immensely influential in the grindcore genre. In fact, it has got to be one of the most important metal albums in the history of extreme music. Terrorizer were, after all, the first American band to fuse thrash with death metal.
"World Downfall" kind of sounds like Napalm Death, circa 1987 (the "Scum" era), except these songs are longer and David's vocals are much more constipated. This record is one long, ultra-intense, giga-heavy, super fast maelstrom composed of walls of crushing guitar noise and constant, speed of light blast beats. It is so full of scorching riffs and walloping blast beats, one can't help but wonder if Jesse's fret board is smoking and Pete's bass drum is in splinters by the time the first song is done playing.
Jesse and Pete are incredibly nimble and skilled musicians. They never fall behind or get lost in the mix, and they both play an equal part in driving the songs' rhythms.
None of the songs ever cop into any kind of melody or slow tempos. Thus, when the album is over, about all the listener remembers is one long blur. But, if you listen closely, there are a few standout tracks here. "After World Obliteration" is the album opener, and since it is an onslaught of blindingly fast riffs and pounding bass drums, it sets the pace well for the rest of the songs to follow. Later, "Fear Of Napalm" is a fiery, churning steamroller, and "Corporation Pull-In" is backed by careening guitars and insane drumming. The last really memorable song is track seven, "Condemned System." Pete really gets to show off his talents, here (he goes berserk on his trapkit and creates an all-over-the-place, jackhammer rhythm.)
If you're just getting into Terrorizer (in 2006), you might not understand what the big deal is about, since there are louder bands out there nowadays. But bare in mind that "World Downfall" came before all of those bands. (Without this album, there would be virtually no grindcore as we know it, today.) So, if you've given this disc a couple of listens and you still (for whatever reason) don't get anything out of it, you should still give Terrorizer credit for being so influential. And if you're a Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, or extreme metal aficionado, there is almost no C.D. you need to buy more than this one."
AN EXCELLENT GRIND ALBUM. SEMINAL. TERRORIZER ARE REUNITIN
Ryan McNee | Jersey, Altered States | 01/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Truthfully, this album is one of the illest grindcore or otherwise albums released in the history of heavy music. The lead in to After War Obliteration just kicks your @ss in, and it is on to nihility from there. I really can't verbalize how good this album is. Sandoval kills it on the drums and the riffs are hooky and superb as well. One of the greatest parts about this album is it's ability to cross over. I am not a huge fan of grindcore, I do like Napalm Death, Repulsion, Carcass, and Black Army Jacket, and LOVE intersparsed blastbeats. However, sometimes I find some grind just plain old rehashed. I mean there is a blueprint whether you would like to admit it or not. Blastbeat, poor production, and a guy shouting like he is deaf. The cool thing about this album is the rawness, it kind of reminds me of Beneath the Remains era Sepultura. You have heard grindcore like this because it has been copied, the great thing about this is it's seminal nature. It was one of the FIRST grind albums. Another cool thing is the hooky, and often groove laden aspect of this album. it just kills from start to finish. Also worth of mention is the fact that this clocks in @ just under 40 minutes which is just about the minimum length I like an album to be. The cover art is cool and makes for an excellent T shirt print. This has got to be one of the top 10 all time albums for me and would definitely be a superb specimen to represent the grind genre. It never gets old. NEVER. I got into this album only 3 months ago, and I am sort of glad I did not back in 87 instead. I feel I would have taken it for granted, as well as kept on looking for albums to match it until today. I really think that older grind is better grind and it's simplicity should not be held against today's grind. If you dig Napalm, or go out and buy this, don't sleep on Repulsion's Horrified. Relapse did a nice job on the 2 disc (the demo's are actually listenable!!!) version of thier only album with liner notes and packaging and the price is good too. These albums contain the realness and should not be slept on. GRIND!!!"
Feathers Fell | 253 | 06/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You shouldn't call yourself a grind fan until you listen to this album. Sure, it's the only album they ever released, but it's a landmark in the late 80's grindcore scene, like with Napalm Death, Carcass, and Repulsion. It also features members of Morbid Angel and Napalm Death as well. This is what real grind is about. Downtuned guitars, crust punk related riffs, and pure insanity. Buy or consider yourself not worthy!"
THE DEAD SHALL F*CKING RISE!!!!
Big J Moreno | Naples, FL | 09/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whaddaya know another really underrated awesome album. This is a pretty interesting band because as others mentioned we definitely have a supergroup on our hands. The band is Oscar Garcia doing the vox, Jesse Pintado who went to Napalm Death (is it a coincidence that once he joined ND they got A LOT better?) two guys from Morbid Angel, Dave Vincent doing the bass of course and then PETE SANDOVAL! YES! PETE IS HERE!!! Geez, that should be more than enough for you to buy this but let's get into some more details shall we?
If I had to describe this album in one word I'd call it a 'Whirlwind', 'Tornado', 'Hurricane', or any of those other natural disasters that involve air. Yes you have 16 songs and the longest is about three minutes, half of them being under two. Sorry kids, no 10-minute epic technical Opeth masterpieces of art to splooge in your pants over because this is balls to the wall AGGRESSION. I mean you all love Reign In Blood right? Well this is basically the RIB of grindcore so to speak. This is grindcore with some serious f*ckin riffs and blast beats galore. Speaking of the those, it's pretty amazing that they use it frequently but it still seems like they're placed perfectly in the songs and it just feels awesome. These guys were able to do on this record what ND were not on their first two records, which was harness the insane brutality more accurately. Yeah they had Bill Steer but I dont think he reached his potential until Carcass.
Ok so there's no solos on the album, big deal. Now I don't what that to deter some people from trying this out. Some people (well I used to as well) think that if it has no solos then it's not metal, which I've realized is a sorry-*ss excuse to dismiss something. This album alone completely shatters that argument and after just one listen I'll bet you feel the same.
So how's the vocals? INTENSE. This Oscar guy sounds like a souped-up more brutal version of Max Cavalera actually, and that's saying something considering Max aint exactly one of the Bee Gees. Yes he is doing the "yelling like I have two hearing aids" style but I like it. Like ND, they sing about left-wing political issues (like corporate take overs, animal cruelty, etc)I also love Dave's bass here, it's so crunchy and thick it's like eating Grape Nuts without milk, just check out the second track!
The only criticism one could make of this album is that is has that 'samey' feel to it but if you're a true metal fan I believe you'll be able to discern each song and really enjoy it. My tip for this (and other albums with this problem) is to never listen to just one song from the album, always listen to the WHOLE thing to get the full effect. Hey it works for me. I don't see any reason to dislike it if you're an extreme metal fan, another totally essential album.
Highlights - After World Obliteration, Fear of Napalm, Whirlwind Struggle, Dead Shall Rise
I'll end with some good news and bad news. The good news is that these guys just put out a new album last month and I heard it's not bad. The bad news is that Jesse actually died last August from complications with his diabetes. Rest in peace man..."