Terror - 30/08/2010

TERROR is a hardcore punk band from Los Angeles, California. Their second album ‘One with the Underdogs’ sold over 40,000 copies, but TERROR is so much more than 5 individuals making music. It is an energy, a force, a refuge and a voice for all the lost and unheard. This is an attempt to put to words that force expressing the band’s dreams, visions and hopes through the underground music medium of hardcore. This is the story of TERROR, the now legendary team of vets tirelessly sharing their ambitions live on stage over 300 times a year since they started out in 2000. The band has no boundaries when playing a show. Performing a festival to thousands one day and following it up with a show in a squat the other is not an uncommon occurrence for this group. They simply want to perform for whoever is willing to listen.

 

TERROR’s latest album, ‘Keepers Of The Faith’ is a worldwide call to the community, an attempt to hear back from the faithful on the front lines. A gathering of allies, both diehards and new bloods. 13 new tracks produced by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory (who’s also produced H2O) at Buzzbomb Studio in Orange County, CA and engineered by Paul Minor (Death By Stereo) and mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer and Hatebreed), ‘Keepers Of The Faith’ will be out August 30th through Century Media Records.

 

To already put the word out to the masses, the band will headline this year’s Hell On Earth tour (featuring Every Time I Die, All Shall Perish, The Acacia Strain, Down To Nothing, Thick As Blood) kicking off Steptember 17th, so don’t miss out on this one!.

 

26.09. Antwerpen – Hof Ter Lo (Belgium)

28.09. Dordrecht – Bibelot (Belgium)

10.10. Zaandam – De Kade (Netherlands)

 

In order to find out some details about Terror’s lates album ‚Keepers Of The Faith’ we tracked down frontman Scott Vogel (vocals), who’s currently on the road with the band in South America in support of their latest effort. Here you can read what he had to say. 

 

 

First of all, congratulations on your new album which will be out soon and how are you doing?

 

I'm doing great. We are in Argentina now with H2O, having a good time.

Could you start this interview off with a little update on Terror? What’s been going on since the release of your previous album ‘The Damned, The Shamed’?

 

Sure thing. David and Jordan are new to the band since the last record. We toured a lot like always. After the record cycle we got together with producer Chad Gilbert and put together and recorded the keepers of the faith LP. This is the record we put everything we have into, from the music to the lyrics, the layout to the title and to the direct hand to hand street marketing approach, we are putting it all on the line. We took all the rules of what’s going on in the industry today and washed them from our minds. We wanted to capture those early days of hardcore. This is the record we were destined to make. This is TERROR at its best and I’m so excited to get this out and start touring surrounding its energy and passion. Everything is in motion with the new release so we are out playing shows and enjoying life.

   
How did you launch into writing material for 'Keepers Of the Faith' and how much time did you spend on the songs?

 

Nick wrote a ton of songs for the record. Jordan also wrote a handful. In Europe last January on our tour with madball I did vocal pre preproduction with Nick on his computer. We took all that into a 6 day lockout with Chad and made the songs even stronger and then hit the studio.

Which approach did you choose to create this album, did you go for a more raw exposition.. or something more reminiscent of your previous other works, or something all together different?

 

We don't really talk about stuff like that. When I get the music I just give my ideas on what I like and don't and then write words to the vibe they give me. There was really no plan or anything.

How can we imagine Terror works on new material?

 

I think it’s gotta be like most other bands. Things start with the riffs and build from there. We don't have a secret or super formula. Everything came together great on this record and I think everyone involved loves it.

What were the goals you had in mind when you started to record 'Keepers Of the Faith', any elements you definitely wanted to include on the album?


To make a great hc record. To make a great terror record. With energy. A pulse. And of course the lyrics always have to be saying something and giving life.

 


Could you please describe the implications of the title ‘Keepers Of the Faith', what does it stand for and is there a special meaning behind it?

 

This is def taking a page from Raybeez and warzone. Keeping faith in yourself and the path you have taken. Keeping faith in the hardcore scene as a community.. a refuge. An escape from the ill of the outside world. Faith that the scene is more than dollar signs or mosh pits.

Can you give us a little background info on the songs on this album, is there a story behind them?

 

The layout will come with lyric explanation. Check there for a clear and direct description of each song.

How important is it to you that people pay attention to the lyrics apart from listening to the music?


It’s very important. This is more than music. Downloading sucks ‘cause you get no lyric sheet or artwork.


If someone was only going to read the lyrics and not listen to the music, what would you hope they would take from them?


People would know exactly what I was talking about and I hope they could feel my joys and pains and relate it to their struggle and gain a positive outlook from my words.

 

 

Current line-up:
 

Scott Vogel - Vocals

Martin Stewart - Guitar

Nick Jett - Drums

David Wood - Bass

Jordan Posner - Guitar

 

Former members:

 

Frank Novinec - guitar

Carl Schwartz - bass

Todd Jones - guitar

Matt Smith - bass

Richard Thurston - bass

Jonathan Buske - bass

Doug Weber - Guitar

 

Albums

(2003) Lowest Of The Low - 2003

(2004) One with the Underdogs - 2004

(2006) Always the Hard Way - 2006

(2007) Rhythm Amongst The Chaos - 2007

(2008) The Damned The Shamed – 2008

(2010) Keepers Of The Faith