TERROR, (formed in 2000) is a
hardcore punk, crossover thrash and metalcore band from Los Angeles,
California. Ignoring current musical trends, the L.A. based band has
stuck to its guns playing aggressive, no frills, breakneck hardcore like
The Cro-Mags and Agnostic Front before them. Ragged metal-tinged
guitars, rapid fire drum lines, slithering bass lines and trademark
double-fisted vocal attacks are trademarks of their sound.
TERROR’s previous releases “One With The Underdogs” (2004),
“Lowest Of The Low” (2005) and “Rhythm Amongst The Chaos” (2007) struck
the American and European hardcore scenes hard and there wasn't a
message board worldwide that wasn’t singing the praises of the group.
This was fully backed by any live performance the band played and that
quickly gave proof they were the real deal. While a TERROR live
show is packed with aggressive energy, it also brings back the
good-natured release of circle pits, stage dives and finger pointing
anthems that are sorely missed by today’s hardcore scene. TERROR
soon found itself popular touring partners across the country of such
heavyweights as Comeback Kid, Converge, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Ignite,
Sick Of It All and Madball, as well as being able to hang with metal
groups such as Killswitch Engage and In Flames. It is this drive and
desire that has cemented TERROR into the hearts of music fans
worldwide and made them royalty within the touring front.
So, be prepared for TERROR’s third full-length “The Damned, The
Shamed”, surfacing May, 2008. This vicious slab of brutality was
produced by the renowned Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall) and is
sure to please the band’s diehard fan base, while garnering a new legion
of young maniacal supporters.
Time off for TERROR is considered time away from their hardcore
family across the globe, something that they cannot live without, so
rest assured, the years to come will hold many more releases and live
appearances worldwide. It is a fact: “The Damned, The Shamed” is the
definitive hardcore album of 2008.
Martin Stewart (Guitars) at the
end of the TERROREuropean
tour and he's willing to answer some of our questions:
First of all, congratulations on your new album! How are you doing?
doing great! It's summer time now and there's no better place to be
than home in Southern California right now.
did you launch into writing the material for 'The Damned, The Shamed'
after your previous album, did ideas come easily so that you just had to
write them down or was it more of a careful composing thing?
it came time to start writing material for the new record we were
actually on tour in Europe. Our drummer Nick who does the majority of
the music writing would stay up on the bus every night writing riffs and
recording them on his laptop computer. By the time our studio session
came up all the new tracks had already been demoed and worked out
completely so everyone was completely comfortable with just getting into
the studio and grinding all the tracks out without hesitation.
Terror is on tour almost continuously, where did you find the time to
write these new songs?
Yeah, so like I said, the Macbook computer was our savior. Just program
some fake drums and plug in a guitar and you can work wonders. We've
even recorded vocals in a van while driving before.
can we imagine how Terror works on new material?
Picture very late nights, laptop computers and hard riffing.
you have a certain idea of what you wanted to do on ''The Damned, The
Shamed', any elements you definitely wanted to have on the album?
like almost any band will tell you, we just want to make music that we
like ourselves. We definitely wanted to keep it hard and aggressive
while also kind of graduating from everything that Terror had done in
the past. When you're in a band that's consistently making new music
you have to progress in one way or another or you'll just get bored
writing the same record 4 times in a row.
it a conscious decision to do it this way?
I'd say so.
wrote the lyrics for this album and can you tell us something about
vocalist Scott wrote the lyrics as always. Even though I didn't write
the lyrics, I've read every lyric of every song this band has done and I
can tell you that these new lyrics are a bit different than the songs in
the past. This time around they seem to be a bit more personal and
dark. The lyrics that Scott writes always seem to be something that I
can personally relate to and I think that most people involved in this
kind of music can relate to them too. We all have similar personalities
which is why I think we got involved in this scene.
your lyrics your perception of the world is often expressed in a way
that's not always exactly positive. How does the world today affect you?
no secret that the world today is an ugly place. It could so easily
affect me in a completely negative way but I refuse to live a miserable
life. As corny as it may seem to say, being involved with this kind of
music has made it much easier for me to deal with how terrible this
world really is.
have a pretty outspoken opinion about society, which is often voiced in
your lyrics. How important is it to you that people pay attention to the
lyrics apart from listening to the music?
lyrics in this music have always been such a vital part of this scene
and that's something that I've felt ever since I was a teenager way
before ever being in a band. The sincerity, involvement and awareness is
something that has kept this scene apart from all the other aggressive
music that's out there and the lyrics are the main way to do that.
song writing, what is according to Terror the utmost important
ingredient for a song?
words: Hard riffing.
did the recording process proceed and how much time did you spend in the
recording was awesome. Everything went so smooth and above all we had
tons of fun. The whole record took about a month to record but since
everything was going so smoothly we were able to take our time and
spread everything out evenly throughout the month so that we were never
in a rush to do anything.
production was done by Zeuss. What made him the perfect producer for The
Damned, The Shamed'?
Zeuss is an incredible engineer/producer and and even better dude. It so
easy for us to work with him because he comes from the same background
as we do and has basically the same taste in music so he knows exactly
what kind of sound it is that we're looking for. It makes it easier for
us to communicate with him and a lot of the time we don't even have to
tell him what we're thinking because he already knows and hears it
which things/songs on the new album can one clearly hear his vision and
guitar tones and over-all drum sound is where you hear him the most. He
gets such a huge sound that when you hear it you know that it's him.
you received any feedback on the new album yet? How do you feel about
this album – are you satisfied with the outcome or would you have liked
to have changed anything in retrospective?
far from everyone who's heard it the feedback has been nothing but
positive. The album just came out and obviously once it gets into the
hands of the masses there's going to be people that will talk down on
it. That's just the way life is but we're definitely not worried about
it. We couldn't be more satisfied with the way the record came out.
It's the most proud I have ever been to be involved with a piece of
music and I can't wait to play these songs for the people out there that
are going to share our same enthusiasm.
Could you please describe the implications of the title 'The Damned, The
Shamed' , what does it stand for and is there a special meaning behind
part of the lyrics from the first track on the record called "Voice of
The Damned". Pick up the record, read the lyrics and I'm sure you'll
understand the meaning behind it.
Finally, where do you see Terror going in the years to come, or do you
not think to the future too much?
we think about most is where Terror is going to play next. What country
is going to invite us into its home next for an explosive show. With a
new record dropping, touring is in our near future as always.
now some questions to enable our readers to get to know you a little
did you get involved in the music business?
still hard for me to think about what we do as a "business". I started
playing music around 1997 when I was in high school. I had been big
into punk/hardcore for about 4 years at that point and the only reason I
ever picked up instrument was because I knew that I wanted to be in a
band. Finally 2004 I went on my first U.S. tour that even went into
Canada. That will always be the most memorable summer of my life and my
life was literally changed forever.
songs and bands do you listen to these days?
listen to lots of everything. As for recent hardcore I've been listening
to a lot of Violation, Bitter End, Trapped Under Ice who were going on
tour with this summer and tons of other stuff.
all the touring and over four albums and several EP's under your belt,
how far has Terror surpassed your original dreams and what would you say
is the most rewarding part of being in the band?
Since I'm not an original member of the band it's hard to talk about the
original dream of Terror. I can say that the past 3 or so years that
I've been in the band have been like nothing I've ever done before. I've
visited places that I never imagined I'd go like Russia and played gigs
that were so unreal you'd have to be there to believe it. There's
nothing more rewarding than travelling the world making new friends and
visiting old friends all along the way.
guys have always put 100 percent into every show I have seen, how the
hell do you do it?
Giving 100% is effortless when you genuinely love and are excited about
what you're doing.
is your opinion on the old school hardcore scene these days, is there
don't think there's anything missing from hardcore of any kind. There's
always areas here and there that will be lacking this or that but in the
end if you search for it you will always find people that are doing
exactly what it is that you're looking for.
Which album has been your biggest musical influence, one that made you
think "this is what I want to do!"?
Strife "One Truth". At the time of this record, seeing this band perform
those songs live was unreal.
tell us a little about yourself and the things that motivate you in your
writing, your poetry, and your lyrics. What are you into?
experiences. Whenever I've written lyrics it's the things in life that
have an impact on me, whether negative or positive, that I end up
are your personal influences and is it difficult these days to sound
never really been concerned with "originality". If something’s not
broken then don't try to fix it. Just do what sounds good to you and if
you're sincere about it, chances are it will go over well.
Okay, if you could choose three bands to get on stage with, who would
INFEST, Madball and Crowbar.
anything been left unmentioned? Any last statement...
Damned, The Shamed" is out now. Pick it up at a store or on iTunes if
you like your computer so much. Check out our myspace "myspace.com/terror"
and come check us out when we're in your town. That's pretty much all we
can ask for and thanks for the interview.
Okay, thanks you for your time!
Scott Vogel - Vocals
Doug Weber - Guitar
Martin Stewart - Guitar
Nick Jett - Drums
Jonathan Buske - Bass
Former Members :
Frank Novinec - Guitar
Carl Schwartz - Bass
Todd Jones - Guitar
Matt Smith - Bass
Richard Thurston - Bass
Lowest Of The Low, (EP)
One With The Underdogs - 2004
Always The Hard Way - 2006
Rhythm Amongst The Chaos - 2007
The Damned, The Shamed - 2008