Terrorist Bestial Thrash



TERRORIST a Bestial Thrash band cast out from El Paso, Texas. Formed in 2005 by founding member Freddy Terrorizer, the band is a quartet with Freddy Terrorizer on Bass and Vocal duties, Alien Morbidfeast on Lead Guitar, Yogi Von Bloodlust on Rhythm Guitar, and Putrid Bobby on Drums. In 2006, the "Satanic Propaganda" demo was self-released by Terrorist on cassette. This demo received much attention in Mexico, which sparked the interest of EMF records to sign a deal to release Terrorist's first full length. Terrorist later released their second promo/demo "Blessed by the Beast/Satanic Propaganda" in 2008, to promote their first full length released that same year titled "Blessed by the Beast" on EMF Records. After a good crowd response and successfully touring parts of Mexico and the U.S. Terrorist released two split albums, one with Graveyard on IronBoneHead Prod. and another with Bestial Reviler & Bestial Torture in 2009 with Atomic Carnage Rec. After prolonged touring in the United States, Terrorist then prepared material and hit the studio for their second full length released via Morbid Metal Records in 2013.


Voices from the Darkside
-Thomas Meyer
            From the very first moment I started researching about this band, I liked them for reasons not musical. TERRORIST are from El Paso, Texas, the home state of former US president George "Double-Fuck-You" Bush, who always said his aim is to fight terrorism (despite being a terrorist himself). I'm pretty sure these guys were one of the favorite bands of the NSA from the moment they started... Returning to the unpolitical levels, TERRORIST seem to be rooted in the old school of Black Thrash Metal. Started in 2005 by the only remaining founding member Freddy Terrorizer, they released a few demos to date, along with two split EPs and an album in 2008, called "Blessed By The Beast". Five years later, TERRORIST returned with their second full strike "And Then Life Was Death", an album that should please any lover of blackened Thrash Metal with a positive 1980s attitude (the album also features another founding member, drummer Cesar "Thrashing Hammers" Palacios, who plays with CREMATORY DIGESTOR now - Frank). The opener 'Sadistic Necrophile' shows the way TERRORIST walks: primitive riffing, simple songs, very raw production and short, to-the-point songs. No technical shit, no pieces of skill, no overdubs... That's why I like them for musical reasons as well. There even is a Punk attitude present, this nice "Fuck Off!" feeling I liked about early Thrash Metal. The intention of TERRORIST is refreshingly simple: they want to revive the days when Black Metal was still shocking big time, when technical skills and extreme music were like fire and water. The songs and the sound transport this message, and it is addressed to all those who always loved, still love and will ever love the simple old school of Thrash with attitude.

Wormwood Chronicles

-Derelikt Waugh
           This is bestial, blackened thrash in the vein of early Merciless, Suicidal Winds, etc. Yes, it’s another band who completely fails us in the originality department, but if you’re seeking some raw-as-sushi, razor-ripping, relentless thrash that reeks of Slayer’s seminal first albums with more than a hint of pure Swedish-inspired EVIL, you’ve come to the right god-forsaken album. As the name implies, Terrorist is a band that does not fuck around. Every track is designed with the sole intent of kicking the crap out of the listener. Mission accomplished!

Axis of Metal
-Stephen L.
           And Then Life Was Death serves as a true statement to the uncompromising law of heavy metal by bringing back the days of the 8-tracks. Thriving intensively on the garage-like production, the raw and overwhelming atmosphere, And Then Life Was Death is crafted to instil a straight dose of an adrenaline kick. With that, a clear objective was set in mind and Terrorist is to bring about the defamation of life into death, sonically. In simpler terms, Terrorist’s approach in defining their style mostly reminds me of Von, Sodom’s Obsessed by Cruelty and also not forgetting the great era of early Sepultura. By incorporating distinct traits from their admirable counterparts, And Then Life Was Death sees heavy yet balanced doses of influences in their part.

Skull Fracturing Metal
-Emmett E.
           The music on "And Then Life Was Death" is absolute Merciless worship, and I mean that in a good way. "The Awakening" is an undeniable classic of ugly and vicious metal, and Terrorist does their best job of making music in the same vein with these nine tracks.
These guys don't fuck around and they level the listener with some awesome death/thrash riffage immediately with the opener "Sadistic Necrophile" which showcases what Terrorist is all about. The vocals are harsh growls that remind me of Howitzer from Gospel of the Horns, and they suit the punishing riffage perfectly. The riffs are all over the place throughout the album, going from razor sharp tremolo passages to blitzing thrash tracks made for wrecking necks, leaving little room for filler. The bass-work is also respectable and serves as the backbone for the unrelenting music, while the drumming is machine gun-like at times pushing these chaotic hymns to an insane rate, so if you like your music mellow and progressive, get the fuck out because Terrorist isn't having any of it.

-Chris Butera

Lacerated Metal
          Terrorist are one of the better, if not more memorable groups of the black/thrash revival of the last few years. Surely, you've heard of their sound before, nothing quite out of the ordinary; sweltering drum work, voracious riffs that both seethe and tear your flesh apart, and the horrendous, reverb-doused gutturals that reek of a certain resonant Australian bliss you'll find pretty damn familiar. It's not like this flippant horde of cadaverous revivalists can be stopped, so the only thing left to do is to embrace the upcoming flurry. Now, it'll please you to hear that Terrorist have some history behind them; a range of demos and splits alongside a full-length, which, despite being heralded as nice addition to a collector's set of records, still hasn't got got the popularity it aimed to get, and now, the Texans are once again on the march, with a sophomore, ''And Then Life Was Death''. I too must confide that I couldn't quite find anything fresh and overly appealing, but the veritable range of gruesome lyrical content and spurious riffing still held some quality.

Listening to Terrorist is like spectating a cemetery brawl between numerous undead creeps and skeletal apparitions, even though the band's name may suggest something rather political. ''And Then Life Was Death'' is essentially a composite of the archaic thrash and death/thrash offerings of the 80's; Possessed, early Slayer, Morbid Saint, Kreator circa 1984-1986, Hellhammer at speedier gait, and the earliest reminisces of Death for the added drudge and archaic texture, but whenever it feels a little more feral, the band members may shift to something more extreme; raw, voracious outbursts that ultimately resemble Blasphemy and Bestial Warlust at their primitive height, so, despite being a rather frivolous release compared to the myriad of offerings we've heard over the last decade, its articulate attitude renders it robust. The guitars are crunchy, outrageous, even though hardly overwhelming, and they swerve alongside the rumbling drum patterns with surprising ease and flexibility, and, most important of all: clarity. The vocals, so redolent of the late 80's' black/death/thrash transition, are quite haunting and deliberately nettling (in a good way), and they intertwine with the wonderfully spurious, whammy-ridden lead sequences to produce that carnal tumult that every old school death/thrash aficionado loves.

Certain tracks (''Lord Of Deceit'') are far more attached to the black/thrash genre hybrid's speedy breed than any other track on the album, and some may be more elegiac (''Horror Rises From The Tomb''), with mid-paced proto death/doom riffing, and some may ultimately be composed of what this album is all about (''Onward Destroyer''), but the overall stench is foul, and it reeks intermittently throughout. In the end, despite its simpleminded approach, ''And Then Life Was Death'' is capable of producing major induction for the gloried of an angry, perverted headbanger, and it successfully preserves its alacrity, too. Sure, I wouldn't have minded a smidgen more variation (though the album needs a chock load of variation in order to properly stand out and cast a wider, fleshier net), and certain moments were droning gnaw, but Terrorist have the fangs long and acute enough to clench and bite into your flesh, and rip out a surprisingly exciting chunk out from the mass. The tales of the grave have once more been recounted, and I'm still having a hell of a lot fun.