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Old 11-14-2014, 05:28 PM
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Holy Terror - Terror and Submission - 1987

At a time when it seemed that an endless sea of derivative and generic thrash bands were appearing, it's incredibly refreshing to hear a band with a sound all their own that still manages to fall under the thrash umbrella, as Holy Terror accomplished with their debut album. Featuring Kurt Kilfelt (Colfelt), who played on the first Agent Steel album, Terror and Submission features some fairly nimble fretwork and solid riffage, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg.

Things start off inconspicuously enough, with "Black Plague" -- a fairly standard thrasher with some downright rabid vocals. After that though, the listener is treated to some very unique vocal stylings and melodies, not to mention excellent classic thrash metal. The chorus of "Evil's Rising" is downright happy-sounding with furious guitar work underneath, while songs like "Mortal Fear" and "Tomorrow's End" blaze along with Keith Deen's (RIP) vocals ranging anywhere from clear singing to ear-piercing screeches. There are also some really great epic numbers like "Distant Calling" and "Guardians of the Netherworld" that are a shitload of fun.

Yes, Terror and Submission has pretty much anything you could want in a thrash album in 1987 -- hell, even the bass is involved and interesting! Sure, the production is a little thin, but everything is clearly audible. And while Keith Deen's crazy vocals are damn near impossible to understand or sing along with, us metalheads aren't usually the type to let that bother us! This album wins.

Standouts: Distant Calling, Mortal Fear, Alpha Omega: The Bringer of Balance

Score: 9/10
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:11 PM
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Ian Christe put this as one of the top 25 metal albums ever in the back of his Sound of the Beast book.
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Ian Christe put this as one of the top 25 metal albums ever in the back of his Sound of the Beast book.
Really? Wow. Well, it's pretty damn good... I wouldn't say top 25 good, but it certainly is tasty.
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Holy Terror is one of those bands I just don't understand. The music is decent, but I've seen a ton of people rank them as one of the greatest thrash bands ever. I don't see anything particularly special about them. They are different (especially the vocals), but I don't find them memorable at all. I actually relistened to this album recently and wasn't all that impressed.
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Old 11-15-2014, 05:46 AM
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I had never heard Holy Terror before so I sampled a few songs from that album on YouTube. Musically it sounds very standard to me and the vocals are among the most annoying I've ever heard. The only thing that stood out to me in a positive way were the leads, but in comparison to some other thrash albums to come out in 1987 I wouldn't say they were anything extraordinary. I'm not sure what makes the album worthy of a 9/10 rating.
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:40 AM
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I don't know what to tell you guys. If you don't like it, you don't like it but I don't see why. There's not a bad song on the album, and the performance from each band member is very good. I can see how the vocals could be annoying, but they clicked with me almost instantly. To each their own, I guess.
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Indestroy - Indestroy - 1987

Like many of the growing throng of thrash bands in the late 80's, Maryland's Indestroy were pretty hit-and-miss. A good comparison for Indestroy would be Razor, and indeed, much like that band, they were at their best playing quick, messy speed thrash as evidenced by tracks like "Dead Girls (Don't Say No)" and "USSA". Too often though, the band tries to slow it down and groove at a slower pace which just doesn't seem to work. You could do much worse, though.

Standouts: Dead Girls (Don't Say No), USSA, Brain Damaged

Score: 6/10
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This is another album that I've seen a few people completely worship. I've heard a couple of tracks on YouTube and it sounded pretty good to me. It's a bit hard to find now, but if I ever come across it, I will be buying it. Razor is an interesting comparison, and is enough to get me to check out pretty much anything.
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:02 AM
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This is another album that I've seen a few people completely worship. I've heard a couple of tracks on YouTube and it sounded pretty good to me. It's a bit hard to find now, but if I ever come across it, I will be buying it. Razor is an interesting comparison, and is enough to get me to check out pretty much anything.
It's definitely not a bad album, and there are some really excellent songs on it. Like I said though, it's pretty hit-and-miss.
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