TERRORIZER - "WORLD DOWNFALL" LP
What an abominable pleasure it is to pen a few words about this slab of aggressive filth. A total classic. Early days extreme metal tends to feature a lot of stylistic overlap yet a singular vision or approach from band to band. The vision here treads a line of lyrically bemoaning and musically basking in the great violent collapse and its tragedies and turmoil. World Downfall has for decades appealed to fans of punk, grind, crust, thrash, death metal. All the bands that I was planning to mention in regards to their sound and place in history (Napalm Death, Carcass, Bolt thrower, Discharge, Master, Repulsion etc.) are mentioned in the thanks list of the insert - with the addition of N.W.A. and Eazy E (here spelled E.Z.E.) Terrorizer’s blend of sharp precision and youthful looseness keeps you on edge for every second of the album’s run-time. Things explode and tighten at the drop of a nuke, whether it’s a crushing Morbid Angelic thrashing riff, a relentless Discharged repetition, or a doomed and gloomed mid paced sonic brick wall to bang your head against. Goddamn it’s fast. It would also be a grave mistake to not mention their sense of groove which somehow never feels out of place and is, in fact, a defining characteristic of what makes the album so memorable. For the insanely well-constructed conglomerate of parts they have hewn together, World Downfall laid out a blueprint never quite rebuilt to the same quality. It makes so much sense, is so perfect in its execution, and could only have happened in 1989. Whether you’re in the camp who already knows this as the masterpiece that it is, or in the camp of lambs ready for conversion to the almighty church of grinding death - Terrorizer are undoubtedly worth sacrificing your ears to for the downfall.
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