(TheMadIsraeli steps forward with this review of the latest album by Poland’s Terrordome.)
Terrordome is one of those bands I’d wish I’d known about sooner. They boast an impressively long career while going under the radar for a great many people. Around since 2007, the pissed off as fuck politically blackpilled Polish militants have been making some of the best crossover thrash in the entirety of the genre’s history, and I was somehow too ignorant and stupid to know of them.
I heard two singles off of today’s review subject, Straight Outta Smogtown, and was instantly hooked and felt the need to check out the rest of their output. I listened to the band’s first two records, We’ll Show You Mosh, Bitch! and Machete Justice and reveled in the fact I’d just discovered such a sick new band. I turned my attention after to Straight Outta Smogtown.
This new album mixes so many things I love. It’s fast as fuck. It’s driven by impressively tight, lyrically hooky riff work. Vocalist Uappa sounds like he’s ready to fight you and all your friends hopped up on bath-salts. It features politically nihilistic lyrics and a meaty, organic production that feels raw and human. In short, this album is fucking fantastic. I’ve been addicted to it since it released on February 5th and this shit is going CRIMINALLY overlooked. I have to rectify this error pronto.
It’s so rare for albums nowadays to deliver an opening salvo that just completely fucking bowls you over and demolishes you, but that’s what happens with instrumental intro “Terrorizing the Nation as the Best Way to Thwart Shameful Schemes” and opening track “Possessed By Bylat”. I’ve rarely ever heard an album that makes it so clear from second one that there is no fucking around here. It’s a deliciously vicious explosion of cocaine-laced Mediterranean melodic concepts powered by brutalizing drums, frantic vocals, and a guitar tone that sounds like sonic battery acid. I mean just fucking listen to this bro:
Not to mention that whenever Terrordome presses the brake pedal and slows things down for a bit of groove, it’s ridiculously propulsive slamming disciplined groove that makes me want to punch a hole through an oak tree. The breakdown in that song should speak to that. The band also isn’t afraid to dive into death metal territory, such as the beginning section of “Worried Again” before it explodes into a riff that attacks like a rhythmic set of snake bites.
I really like Terrordome and I think you should too. As far as a review goes, there isn’t much more to say. If you like one song, you’ll like the whole album. These guys are pristinely efficient song writers and gloriously pissed and angry in a genuine way you don’t hear very often. It’s kind of like listening to Napalm Death run through the genes of Dark Angel, Biohazard, and Slayer.
I not only am posting the full stream provided by the band of Straight Outta Smogtown, but the band were also based enough to post all their albums in full on their YouTube channel, which I’ll also link below. Listen to Terrordome.