Terror Empire – ‘Obscurity Rising’   23 comments

Thrash metal from Coimbra, Portugal, Terror Empire formed in 2009. Influences – 80’s and 90’s thrash and old school death metal. Consistent performance, at home and abroad, since their debut EP, ‘Face The Terror’ was launched in 2012, has stood them in good stead to build a solid reputation amongst the metal community. ‘The Empire Strikes Black’, released in 2015, via Nordavind Records, earned global acclaim. Their constant club and fest gigs, alongside numerous high profile bands have enabled them to develop the memorable signature sound for which they’ve become known. Turning up the heat on their ubiquitous political content, ‘Obscurity Rising’ combines thrash hooks and death metal vocals and rhythms, lasting nearly 40 minutes. Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by drummer Joao Dourado, in his Golden Jack Studios, in Coimbra. The finished album characterises the sound of modern metal.

Obscurity Rising – Clever rumbling intro. Very fitting, given the title. Great powerful blend of maximum volume riffs and drums, in a decimating rhythm. Over way too fast.

You’ll Never See Us Coming – Launching straight into life, with a killing pace, blistering instrumentals and mind-crushing vocals. Rhythm increasing continuously, throwing in plenty of ace, trad metal, face melting riffs and finishing on a seriously crushing note. Heavy stuff.

Burn The Flags – Drumming epic introing, laying down a tone of indisputably skull-wrecking proportions. Here we have an almost traumatically heavy track, with deathy growly vocals, incessant speed and aggression so severe, it’s edging on scary! You won’t hear the likes of this often. Hard impact.

Times Of War – Propulsive, shocking and raw is where this is at. Bearing striking similarities to Exodus’s ‘War Is My Shepherd’, it’s about as hard and as heavy as it gets. A fierce concoction of stuff, for certain. No rest for the wicked here.

Meaning In Darkness – Evening it out a bit now, with a thoughtfully gradual guitar solo intro, growing into another all-out intense metal attack, though just unfairly short, which is cruel.

Holy Greed – Blasting into your skull, with another bangingly vicious track. D.R.I. style, with a ‘Beneath The Wheel’ sound-alike, only much heavier. Cutting edges, falling and splintering into shards of sharpened glass. That just about summarises this track. Some well integrated classic riffage accompanies a sense of physical rising – echoing the album title well.

Lust – Bang! Nowhere else to go with this. Racing pace, loads of fantastically placed directional changes in rhythm, speeding on through the fray, like the embodiment of a speed freak. Combining old school, with modern twists, it’s the essence of a great metal song.

Death Wish – Voice-over addiction related intro, rapidly followed by intense, ragingly angry thrash. Vocally adept and passion strewn lyrics drench it with feeling, encasing their message succinctly. A violent performance, all round.

Feast Of The Wretched – Intelligently placed intro, conveying curiosity inducing mystique. Melting right into a mysterious metallic output – just a notch less volume, with an intriguing edge to the sound, implying possible eastern connections, but certainly no less power. Closing on the finality of a heavy-metal doorway closing and clanging shut, you’ll still be beset by the pneumatic drill, boring into your brain tissue. Again, it’s loudly affecting.

Soldiers Of Nothing – One more curious intro, yet briefer, much briefer, this time. Moving over, immediately, for the brain-blasting steel fury that so characterises this entire album. Chucking in a relentless, remorseless round of attacking rhythm, it’s that machine-gun fire like sound that dominates the track, firing into your brain, to stay.

New Dictators – No remorse and it’s Metallica’s ‘No Remorse’ that springs to mind, in the sound echoes here. Only, with a whole battalion of soldiers on horseback added to it, in the midst of battle. An epic slaughter of all that isn’t metal. A ceaseless, lethal round of exquisitely targeted live ammunition, from start to finish. Demolition be thy name.

Overall – Wow factor, in spades. It’s rare for the sense of an album to hit you with quite so much violent impact, but ‘Obscurity Rising’ has hit the spot. Well and truly living up to the ‘crushing’ term used by its PR to describe it. ‘O.R.’ delivers, in abundance. For forceful, notably vicious, mind-infiltrating metal, look no further than ‘O.R.’

10/10 **********

For fans of Exodus, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Testament, Warpath, Grand Magus, Viking metal and death metal.

Available now, via Mosher Records


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Posted September 28, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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