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The Last Stand [EP]
August 2012
Released: 2012, Siege Music
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

TERAKAI are a five piece Melodic Metal act from Reading, UK, who blend essences of modern thrash and tech with hardcore influences and straight up metal groove to create a fresh, punishing sound you won\'t forget.

Formed in 2009 by Matt & Chris Dodd, Tom Grepne, Joe Knipe & Adam Lewin, The boys pressed on through the tragic death of Matt Dodd in march 2010 to release their debut EP \'The Last Stand\' in May to critical acclaim, recruiting the huge talent of Cameran Turner on guitar along the way.

Two years on and Terakai have had the honour of sharing stages with such names as The Black Dahlia Murder, Sepultura, Sylosis and After The Burial to name but a few, and have gained a loyal and growing fan base, crafting a tight and crushing live show along the way.

On the face of it, as a cynical old Metalhead of nearly 30 years old I guess I could honestly say that Terekai is a band that I myself probably wouldn’t normally find myself listening to just on the face of things. As I’m not going to pretend that I know anything about the Metalcore/Hardcore scene in modern Britain today, by any means and it’s not something that I’ve really had that much experience of in the past.

Despite this though, I can’t help but be immediately impressed with this absolute belter of a release from this young UK based band. The artwork alone is simply awesome (and props to whoever put it together!) and the album starts up with a nice intro track before bursting in with the all-out no holds barred assault on your ears that is Divinity Restored (my personal favourite from the EP). The guitars and drums both POUND through the speakers and the vocals are a mixture of low guttural Death Metal growls and screeching high pitched Hardcore vocals.

Even on the more melodic parts of the song where it switches over to the more Hardcore/Emo melodic style of vocals it’s not actually that bad. As I know with a few bands of this genre that mix the Death Metal heaviness that I love with the more softer girly melodic vocals it just becomes a mixture that I personally am not a massive fan of (although I equally acknowledge that a lot of people are) and I usually prefer just sticking to one or the other rather than trying to combine the two.

Terakai for me though is a band that shows the way of doing this combination right and the guitar work and mixture of riffs, playing styles and dynamics to the music, even on such a short EP as this is just massively impressive! This is most certainly an EP that due to this and the production being something that clearly has had long and careful time and effort put into it is music that you cannot help but play fucking LOUD! The first main track Divinity Restored and the second track What Was Once Light should be enough to get you headbanging for starters! But then you get two more tracks on top of that! Brilliant!

So to my fellow UK dudes in Reading… …Terakai, I salute you and I want to hear more! You’ve converted this cynical old Metal gig into liking something modern! ;-D Big congrats!

Review by Joffie Lovett
Track Listing

1. Intro
2. Divinity Restored
3. What Was Once Light
4. Reflections Of The Past
5. Welcome To The Grave



(Matt Dodd RIP - Guitar)

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