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Terror - One With The Underdogs
01. One With The Underdogs
02. Keep Your Mouth Shut
03. Less Than Zero
04. Are We Alive?
05. Overcome
06. Spit My Rage
07. No One Cares
08. Not This Time
09. Crushed By The Truth
10. Out Of My Face
11. All I've Got
12. Find My Way
13. Enemies In Sight
Reviewed by: Cory   //   Published: 11/17/2004
I'm not really sure how Terror's One With The Underdogs, one of the biggest hardcore releases of 2004 managed to go this long without being reviewed. I know for me personally, this was one of the releases I was anticipating most highly and despite the fact that this year saw the release of some tremendous albums, this record holds a relatively high place among the best records released this year. Anyone who calls themselves a fan of real hardcore understands how Terror quickly rose to become one of the most universally appreciated bands in the business. A combination of constant touring, strong demo recordings and street cred helped get the name out there and the release of their first EP on Bridge Nine Records proved that they were a force ot be reckoned with. That's why it came as a shock to some that Terror decided to release their follow up with Trustkill Records, a label that seems to have been venturing further and further from traditional hardcore in recent years.

While it is tempting to make comparisons for those who haven't heard Terror, all you really need to know is that they play hardcore the only way it should ever be played: fast, loud and angry. Scott Vogel's vocal stylings should sound incredibly familiar to any fans of Buried Alive or Despair, as he fronted both of these influential bands. The vocals of Freddy Madball, Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, Ezac of Skarhead and Cory of Internal Affairs all enhance the songs that they appear on, and also give an added sense of continuity within hardcore. Terror, in their short existence, already seem to have influenced much of the new wave of streamlined, no-frills hardcore that has become so prevalent in the last two years. It's not necessarily that they did it first or even that the idea is so revolutionary, but they just do it better than just about anyone else. Where some bands have that one song that becomes their signature, Terror's songs are almost uniformly solid. I've listened to this disc countless times, and despite the frequent highlights, I can't identify a "low" point song-wise.

Although many of the songs themselves tread familiar lyrical ground, I do have to commend Vogel on what seems to be an effort to minimize unnecessary profanity. The word "fuck" still pops up every now and then, but the overall strength of the lyrics has grown so much that it actually seems to carry some meaning here, as opposed to on "Lowest of the Low" where it seemed to be a convenient filler word. These lyrics aren't necessarily prize-winning poetry, but they really don't need to be. The sentiments here often resemble some of the pithy lyrics I have often criticized in hardcore records, but it's hard to argue with the sort of devotion these guys have shown, particularly Vogel and current guitarist Frank Novinec of Ringworm. When you've been around as long as these guys, you can call bullshit on the trend-jumpers and tout your own ability to stay true. Lots of bands talk big about hardcore; these guys have lived it for over a decade.

The place where One With The Underdogs didn't live up to Lowest of the Low for me was in the overall sound and production of the record. While the lyrics and songs themselves were much stronger, the record sounds a little thin compared to their previous record. While I'm personally of the opinion that no one can capture low end in a metal or hardcore record quite like Bill Korecky, the band and Paul Miner have still done a good job here. It's not bad by any means -- just slightly less powerful. I'm not sure I really "get" the concept of the artwork, but it looks pretty damn cool and the "vinyl" CD was a fun, albeit goofy, bonus.

Bottom Line: I'm sick of hearing people say Terror are over-rated. While there were hardcore records I've liked better this year, I can't really say that there is a hardcore band currently playing that's any better. One With The Underdogs is a powerhouse hardcore record by a band that is committed to making great music, and it shows in every record and live performance I've ever witnessed. These songs will make you want to spinkick the douchebag in his girlfriend's jeans in the face, and these lyrics will inspire you to mosh, headwalk and fingerpoint. This is hardcore done right.

Comments
Jesse_   posted 1/4/2006 8:34:16 AM
this is getting f*cking annoying...
im tired of metal kids trying to talk shit about real hardcore. get a f*cking life, and if you dont like this kind of music go f*ck yourself.
cryptic_slaughter_   posted 11/19/2005 12:28:59 AM
if this is one of the best hardcore bands I'm going to puke and projectile shit at the same time. Terror has enough testosterone to create a boner the size of the universe. And not in a good way.
G_   posted 7/10/2005 4:55:10 PM
Forget about Madball or SOIA. Terror are the new kings of hardcore. They put hardcore back on the map !!! best live band right now
86crew...DEE-MO_   posted 5/13/2005 5:11:22 AM
" These songs will make you want to spinkick the douchebag in his girlfriend's jeans in the face, and these lyrics will inspire you to mosh, headwalk and fingerpoint. This is hardcore done right. "
hell yea..... cory is the shit!!! f*ck all these haters up there. there only mad because hardcore like this calls kids like them out. Lamb Goat better keep you reviewing records. all your reviews are the only ones worth reading cause they're honest.
justin_   posted 4/19/2005 12:18:15 PM
i listen to hardcore AND play dungeons and dragons. i would love to be able to slay a dragon in my moms bastufft. but hey its all about taste. terror is great band. a lot of energy. theyre not the best band in hardcore, but theyre not trying to be the best band in hardcore. theyre just 5 kids that want to play punk rock music. f*ck yes. terror is the shiznit fo shizzle yo.

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