Saturday, 27 July 2013

Terrorama - Genocide (2012) | 80%

Vicious Pummeling death/thrash

Terrorama's third album is yet another half hour of vicious death/thrash played by veteran musicians. Peter Lidén, the owner of I Hate Records, plays something not very common on his label here but there's something familiar here : the old school feel. Similar to Hypnosia, Vulcano or Sarcofago, the band delivers a slab of vitriolic burning metal that will please the aficionados of pummeling classic onyx.

Genocide is a brief attack on all your senses and it's a fun ride, well fun is relative since the subjects are quite gritty and as a future history teacher, I'm pretty happy to read about other historic matters than World War II. Politically conscious, the band writes about the violent excesses of humanity as illustrated by the gruesome painted cover art. There's tracks about the Soviet era and even Uganda. You guessed it, it's all about famous genocides like the Holodomor (the last epic track) is literally “extermination by hunger” in Ukrainian is about the Stalinian purges in the 1930s and I fucking loved that era. History is a very dark subject and when the lyrics are well written, it's always fantastic. So kudos to the lyricist(s), great job and it's a change from the usual dark, evil or satanic subjects.

Even the longer tracks like “Conceived in Abhorrence” are machines of destruction fueled with the rage of early Kreator or Nifelheim's seminal debut. Armed with fast riffs with the right amount of rawness, the guitars are screechy and high. The production, capable, is right what the band needed, metal shouldn't be too clean and sterile anyway. Even though the band managed to mix death and thrash metal in their formula, there's some black metal here and there mostly in the tremolo riffs and the dark cavernous vocals such as the epic six minutes mid paced conclusion. There's also thrashier songs like the title track evoking Show No Mercy. It relies more on the early days of thrash or the proto black bands than on the more melodic side of this nowadays stale genre. The band acts as a good death metal counterpart to Norway's Aura Noir, both evolving in the modern scene with livid old school influences but also enough punch in their songwriting to keep things interesting.

Four years after Omnipotence, the band hasn't lost its power. It's fast, heavy and has this raw savage sound. Nonetheless, it's nothing extraordinary and while I played it often because it's easy to listen to, I'm afraid it won't quite pass the test of time. Definitely not mediocre but a bit mundane and I think it's for the purists of the genre, a good add for most metal veterans anyhow.

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