Released: 2013, Victory Records
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson
Yes, L.A.'s Terror are a hardcore band. But they shouldn't have much of a problem translating or crossing over to a metal audience - as evidenced by their recent tour with Lamb of God. For all of frontman Scott Vogel's tough guy bravado and protestations, this quintet rock seriously hard.
Indeed, the band's latest full-length is a very metal album, as much as Terror would probably argue otherwise. Live By The Code's gut-punch production puts the guitars solidly out in front of the mix and emphasizes their sheer heaviness, which allows the band to largely steer clear of the rote breakdowns that typically are used for such effect.
The wall of riffage via Jordan Posner and Martin Stewart is immense, and their aggressive licks are punctuated by hulking and abundant hooks throughout – there's even a few solos. Good ones, too! Code opens with the tandem delivering the old one-two on the concussive “The Most High” and they just keep pounding away for the rest of the album's taut, tense 26-some minutes.
To mix things up a wee bit, “I'm Only Stronger” and “Shot Of Reality” ride infectious, swaggering grooves while “Nothing In Your Head” might be the year's heaviest sing-along. “The Good Die Young,” on the other hand, is a full-blown thrash anthem and the slowed down conclusion of “Cold Truth” seems inspired by Slayer's “Altar of Sacrifice/Jesus Saves” transition.
So while Vogel's hollering one thing about “One Blood” and lamenting the “Invasion” of newbies to the scene, his bandmates seem to be saying another as they invite in fresh blood and outsiders by putting a metallic boot up their asses.