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Terror Defends The Faith In London With Deez Nuts

New York may have the biggest reputation when it comes to hardcore music in the modern sense but there are so many great bands in the genre from all across America. If we travel from the East Coast to the West Coast, we'll find one of the most popular hardcore groups in recent times in the guise of Terror from Los Angeles. Fronted by the charismatic Scott Vogel and having built up a fearsome live reputation over nearly seventeen years, Terror has gone from strength to strength. Now with the release of their seventh full length album, "Total Retaliation," the quintet has been back in Europe, decimating stages once more. I went along to their performance at The Underworld in Camden, London to experience Terror first hand in an intimate setting.

Though there were four support acts, a combination of things, including an interview with Terror drummer Nick Jett (which can be watched or read here,) meant that I barely caught the very end of the third band of the night. My first full set came from the tour's main support band, Deez Nuts, all the way from Australia. Forming from the ashes of I Killed The Prom Queen, this quartet has all the familiar traits of the average hardcore band, but with a bit more emphasis on rapping than many other groups.

They're frankly quite a difficult band to judge, as one song may sound very mediocre, but the next could be an absolute barn burner. Add to this the likeability of vocalist JJ Peters, who thanked the audience constantly throughout the show and ultimately you have a band which rises above their faults to endear themselves to the neutral attendee. Some may find their name offputting, but I would recommend looking past that and giving them a serious try, because they clearly care about and work hard at what they do to deserve attention.

Just like that, it was time for Terror to take to the stage. Almost immediately after opening number, "One With The Underdogs," which was dedicated to one of Britain's most respected hardcore bands, Knuckledust, the five from California lived up to the hype. Vogel barked into the mic that the stage belonged to the crowd and encouraged them to climb up on it and dive off, which they were more than happy to oblige with.

Terror never seemed to slow down, treating those in attendance to more staples such as "This World Never Wanted Me" and "Keep Your Mouth Shut," all with the energy of a pack of rabid pitbulls. Vogel was keen to point out that there was no place for fighting at the show and to be on the look out for anyone falling in the pit. They brought out more old favourites such as "Spit My Rage," Overcome" and "Betrayer" to a frenzied reaction and seemingly as quick as it began, their set was over. Fans of hardcore will probably already know just how good Terror are live but for those of you who haven't seen them yet, I would say Terror are, along with Sick Of It All and Madball, one of the best advertisements for hardcore today, providing an unforgettable display of brutality but with a good time vibe that will keep you coming back.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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