TERRORIZER – Hordes of Zombies

World Downfall is by far one of the most devastating and influential grind albums in existence, so it’s a damn shame that Darker Days Ahead was an atrocious flop. Unlike Darker Days’ ugly guitar tone, uninspired songwriting, and lack of enthusiasm, Hordes of Zombies returns to form with a slightly different, but still masterful approach.

It’s impossible to fill the shoes of the late Jesse Pintado, but new guitarist Katina Culture does a great job on the album. The riffing style is much thrashier, opposed to Pintado’s all out grind/groove oriented riffs, but the thrashy riffs fit TERRORIZER nicely, especially having Pete “Commando” Sandoval return behind the kit, with his trademark blasting in tact. The biggest difference on Hordes of Zombies is that the catchy, short surges of groove that was so prevalent in World Downfall is not as noticeable, but the overall feeling of the album is still definitely “TERRORIZER.”

The title track begins the album proper with a midpaced groove and familiar vocal pattern style seen before. Anthony Rezhawk emulates original singer, Oscar Garcia, to perfection with short bursts of lyrics throughout the songs. Tracks like “Subterfuge” and “Evolving Era” have nice blast beats with a spectacle of thrashy, headbanging riffs intermingling throughout.

Ignorance and Apathy” has a KRISIUN-like feel to the beginning, while tracks like “Radiation Syndrome” and “Flesh to Dust” continue the brutality. All tracks within Hordes of Zombies flow nicely, and “Generation Chaos” even has a short melodic passage in between all the blasts and fury. “Forward to Annihilation” never lets up, and the high octane closer, “A Dying Breed” finishes this energetic, fresh sounding album.

It’s a shame that MORBID ANGEL chose to record their new album without Pete Sandoval, but perhaps it was a blessing in disguise, as Hordes of Zombies certainly lays Illud Divinum Insanus to waste. That being said, the only grind bands you need to pay attention to these days are LOCK UP and TERRORIZER. (Season of Mist)

Fans Can Now Donate Money to Help Aid MORBID ANGEL/TERRORIZER’s Pete Sandoval with Medical Expenses

Fan can now make monetary donations to aid the high medical expenses suffered by MORBID ANGEL/TERRORIZER drum legend Pete Sandoval. A paypal account has been set up in his name along with a personal message from Pete. Check it out here.

Also, as previously reported, MORBID ANGEL are now taking orders for the MORBID ANGEL Pete “Commando” Sandoval tshirts with proceeds to go to help pay for his medical expenses. More info can be found here.

Straight Shooting: TERRORIZER’s World Downfall is the Holy Grail of Grindcore

Sometimes being the first band to do something doesn’t necessarily guarantee that first always means best – case in point, TERRORIZER‘s 1989 debut, World Downfall. Sure, one can point to NAPALM DEATH‘s Scum as the birth of grindcore but let’s be honest, the album isn’t very listenable.

Simply put TERRORIZER‘s World Downfall is absolute perfection.

The influence of the legendary World Downfall can be heard in virtually every grindcore, death metal, or extreme metal album that came afterwards. Often times, you can put on an album by a band that came afterwards and hear direct ripoffs. The generations of bands that this record has directly or indirectly influenced is readily apparent in everything from the vocals, riffs, drumming, song structures, and style. Just take the drumming for example. Who in the world was drumming with these kinds of archetypal fills, blast beats, sped up d-beats, and with this kind of complete mastery in 1989 other than Pete Sandoval?

Let us enjoy some selections:

After World Obliteration“:

Fear of Napalm“:

Dead Shall Rise“:

What happens when you gather together a young and hungry Pete Sandoval, David Vincent, Jesse Pintado, and Oscar Garcia? Perfection.

MORBID ANGEL Selling Pete Sandoval T-Shirts on Tour to Aid Drummer’s Medical Costs

MORBID ANGEL announced today that they will be selling Pete “Commando” Sandoval t-shirts on upcoming tours in order to raise money for Sandoval‘s medical bills relating to his back surgery and ongoing recovery. Drummer Tim Yeung is currently standing in for him as he recovers.

Check out the band’s Facebook page for more info.

New TERRORIZER Album to Feature Pete Sandoval and David Vincent

Grindcore legends TERRORIZER have announced that they will be releasing a new album via Season of Mist Records.

The band’s line-up features MORBID ANGEL‘s David Vincent on bass, who played on the landmark debut, World Downfall, as well as Pete Sandoval on drums. Wolf, aka Anthony Rezhawk, the vocalist on the previous album release Darker Days Ahead and guitarist Katina Culture round out the line up.

The band issued the following statement: “We are happy to team up with SoM for the worldwide release of the next TERRORIZER album! We are currently finishing the recordings and expect to mix down the record by the summer! We are also determined to finally bring TERRORIZER on tour all over the globe to support the album’s release.”