INTERVIEW WITH SCOTT VOGEL OF HARDCORE GIANTS TERROR ON NEW ALBUM TOTAL RETALIATION.
With more than 15 years of true blast under their belts, LA based hardcore kings TERROR will be releasing their 7th studio album, TOTAL RETALIATION, on September 28th, 2018 via Pure Noise Records.
Total Retaliation is following up previous EP The Walls Will Fall dating back to April 2017, produced by bespoken guitarist Will Putney of deathcore powerhouse Fit For An Autopsy. It’s a 13-tracks collection clocking in just under half an hour. 13 short and intense bangers pick it up from Terror’s signature sound. The veterans are fired up and back with the same hardcore fury, unrelenting energy and metal imprint, so much ready to rip your head off once again.
Behind Total Retaliation lies a bold message of resistance addressed to the human beings who have become disillusioned in this empty world. The hardcore icons hold nothing back and rise against the authorities, liable for controlling and ruining our present society.
SICK AND SOUND and our editor-in-chief Alex had the amazing opportunity to sit down and have a chat with SCOTT VOGEL of Terror hardcore giants, and discuss their upcoming album.
- It’s awesome to have you here at SICK AND SOUND. Congrats for achieving a seventh album in studio. Terror are still on top of the game and apparently ready to rip our heads off once more with TOTAL RETALIATION. The record wants to spread a message of resistance. I would love to talk about the lyrical themes and concepts discussed along the 13 tracks with you.
Cool because I think lyrics are the thing that truly attracts me on the ground of music and keeps me most interested. This great deals with being unloved and thrown away by the ones you trust the most. People trying to weigh you down with their negative outlooks on life but staying afloat. The world and humanity set afire by greed. Not following the crowd and trends but standing on your own two feet. The reward of sacrifice and more. Terror has spoken of fighting past the walls we build and overcoming the obstacles of life.
- You have 15 years of hardcore fury under your belt and celebrating your seventh album. So how your sound has actually evolved and changed along your long career?
I think Terror has always stayed the course of aggressive metallic hardcore holding the traditions of the bands that have come before us and influences us. But at the same time we aren’t afraid to step outside the box and try new elements if it still feels natural and true.
- And how do you have changed as individual beings through music along these 15 years?
At this point we have been through almost everything together. We have seen the best and worst in each other and traveled the world together. There are periods on the bands when we have lost sight of what most important and that is just having fun and staying young. But I would say today the members of Terror are very much at peace with who we are as individuals and as a unit.
- Let’s discuss the artwork chosen for your new album.
The art was done by Denis the singer of a great Detroit hardcore band named Freedom. The image coupled with the title “ Total Retaliation “ hopefully creates a feeling of aggression and rage in the face of all the ills of life and society .
- I would love to talk more about your lead single Mental Demolition debuted last August 9th, 2018. So what’s the songwriting behind it, why choosing this song for a first release and in what measure does it represent the best your music output?
It’s fast. It hits hard. The music and lyrics mend a powerful energy and that’s what we wanted to show from the first song people would hear from this record. This song almost didn’t even make the LP in the early stages of writing but it shapes up to one of my favorite tracks.
- Let’s share the experience of working with Will Putney of deathcore band Fit For An Autopsy on production.
Will was perfect all around. Very calm and sure of his approach and ideas. I think we all trusted his vision and he defiantly wanted to make this record on a classic Terror manner but as heavy and hard as possible.
- You’re about to begin an extensive tour starting in September with the States and embarking for Europe in November until December. Tell us more about that.
Both line ups for the tours are set and announced. All the bands are band we are inspired by and friends that we appreciate and want to spend time with. Looking forward to both runs and having this new record out
- What’s typically different between your European live audience as opposed to your US one?
It’s not really all that different. Most of the people that come to Terror shows are a little messed up and off and outcast and fuck ups ha ha. Anyone and everyone is welcome at a Terror show in hopes of being part of this community and creating energy though this aggressive music.
- Would love you to share a couple of memorable/hilarious moments during your live or recording sessions with our readers.
Our new bass player Chris is prerequisite wacko and his free entertainment worth some good laughs. We’re all a little crazy and do stupid things but this can’t be shared here. I’m not throwing anyone under the bus!
- What anticipations or more news do you have for us?
Brand new record. New tours. What more do you want from us !
Thank you for your time and all the best for Total Retaliation, an impressive album. We are longing for more music to be dropped from Terror. Good luck for your upcoming tour, we will support you into Europe!
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