Terrorizer – Caustic Terror

It’s hard to believe that this new incarnation of Terrorizer have been together 5 years now already. While the two albums released by the band since 2006 have hardly been met with praise across the board this time it was a little different. There is just no way Pete Sandoval and Monstrosity’s Lee Harrison working together can be a bad thing. How could they not come up with a good album? Fronted by Sam Molina, who also plays bass and is also an ex member of Monstrosity, the three piece have come up with an album that finally stands up against the bands classic debut “World Downfall”.

Some impossible to please people might accuse me of blasphemy for that last statement but fuck them because they’ll probably not bother listening to it anyway.

“Caustic Terror” delivers in two ways. It captures the white heat intensity of the original album but is also different and fresh enough to not be just a rehash. With 14 songs in just over 40 minutes and no song hitting the five minute mark the album blazes by just like you would want it to. With that it’s hard to pick out stand out, standalone track as the album is best enjoyed as one piece of music. Each track following to the next. If you insist I’ll say 'Devastate and Invasion' have the most instantly memorable riffs which leads me to the main point that sets this album apart.

While the songs are short sharp blasts which is a key component of grindcore, the songs don’t really have that punk feel. Instead these are all short, tiny, bite size, death metal masterpieces. Lee Harrison’s riffs are unmistakable and Monstrosity fans will hear that immediately. Pete Sandoval also gives an amazing performance on the drums and maintains his place as one of extreme metal’s premier league drummers.

All in all this is a highly enjoyable album. I can’t stop listening to it. As I stated earlier. While 'Darker Days Ahead' and 'Hordes Of Zombies' weren’t terrible they failed to make lasting impressions. This is one of the best albums to come out this year.

1. Turbulence
2. Invasion
3. Conflict and Despair
4. Devastate
5. Crisis
6. Infiltration
7. The Downtrodden
8. Trench of Corruption
9. Sharp Knives
10. Failed Assassin
11. Caustic Attack
12. Poison Gas Tsunami
13. Terror Cycles
14. Wasteland

Reviewer: twansibon
Oct 22, 2018
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