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Terror: Live By the Code
Hardcore
Victory Records
April 5th, 2013
Release length: 26:43
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Terror is a Hardcore/Punk five-piece that formed back in 2002, and is formed of members from Los Angeles, California, as well as Richmond, Virginia. They found themselves originally signed to Trustkill Records for two full-lengths, and then Century Media Records for their next two. After much success from those studio releases, including their most recognized effort One With the Underdogs, Terror has returned with their fifth album, Live By the Code, which is being issued by none other than Victory Records, a suiting home for a band such as this. But, is this another solid slab of Punk and Hardcore worship with authority, or is the message far more muffled this time around?

“The Most High” kicks things off with some catchy Hardcore riffs that are a bit thin, and overall not too heavy outside the closing breakdown. The bass does make up for things, as does the upbeat chorus. There is a slight Punk influence through much of the track as well, though that stands out more in “Not Impressed.” With traces of Pro-Pain, the slightly faster pace carries a generally fed up tone that mirrors the lyrics well. The first half focuses more on catchy material, while the latter half slows things down a bit, simplifying some of the lyrics for more of a strict Hardcore authority without really throwing another breakdown the listener’s way. This authority is matched by the title track, “Live By the Code,” which packs commanding riffs and aggression with some surprisingly Grindcore-laced main verses that hammer away at the listener for much of the less than two minute performance.

“I’m Only Stronger” is loaded with Punk inspired hooks that match the pissed off and self-empowering lyrics about standing stronger despite a series of hardships. The main verses, however, have more chugging riffs that are pretty standard Hardcore fare, largely driven by the bass that builds the tension to the explosive chorus. The only gripe is that this is such a short track, which spends a little more than thirty seconds setting things up. “Invasion” mixes faster riffs that are less hook driven, giving it the album a much heavier bite than its really had at this point. The chorus does have a hint of melody through held notes, but it is highly minimal, which sets up the guitar solo nicely, shifting into the slower breakdown well. There’s also “The Cold Truth,” which finds a much faster offering for the most part, hitting the listener with that fed up attitude once more, but not void of some catchy Punk hooks, as well as some slightly distant background shouting acting as additional chants. The chorus finds some stronger guitar work enriching that Punk attitude a lot more, as does the lead up to the breakdown half way in. Once it hits, you’re met with a surprisingly crushing tone that needlessly picks up the pace for the end.

Terror has always been a solid go-to band for well mixed Hardcore authority and some catchier Punk riffs that push the pissed off attitude of the group. Live By the Code is no exception. While it isn’t as heavy as some of their previous offerings, almost as if the band is playing it a little safer this time around, it ends up a solid recording that is only faulted by some songs being a bit too short, which honestly isn’t that bad, as well as some transitions between Punk and Hardcore coming off a bit too abrupt a change, or even forced in to reach both audiences. Their fifth album shows Terror continuing to grow in all the right directions, giving the listener eleven solid songs for any occasion. Whether you need a boost of confidence, a message that you can overcome, or just want to let out some frustrations, Live By the Code is a must for Hardcore and Punk fans alike.

01. The Most High – 2:44
02. Not Impressed – 2:02
03. Cold Truth – 3:00
04. I’m Only Stronger – 2:53
05. Live By the Code – 1:51
07. The Good Die Young – 2:10
07. Shot of Reality – 2:41
08. Hard Lessons – 2:44
09. Invasion – 2:21
10. Nothing In Your Head – 2:19
11. One Blood – 2:01
Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Victory Records.