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Terrorizer - World Downfall

=Staff's pick

After World Obliteration
Storm Of Stress
Fear Of Napalm*
Human Prey
Corporation Pull-In*
Strategic War
Condemned System
Enslaved By Propaganda
Need To Live
Ripped To Shreds*
Whirlwind Struggle
Dead Shall Rise
World Downfall

Genre Death Metal
Oscar Garcia
Tracks 16
Runningtime 36 Min.
Jesse Pintado
Label Earache
David Vincent
Release Nov. 1989
Pete Sandoval
Country USA
Similar artists Napalm Death, Repulsion

Terrorizer was one of the first bands of many that popped up during the very successful death/grind years in the late 80's and early 90's and they more or less were spearheads in creating something new and fresh. Even though they are sometimes classified as grind metal, I would rather say it is more or less standard death metal of its time. There are also quite a lot of straight punk beats which which adds a very groovy vibe to it all. When looking at the linup, you see that it is somewhat of what later on would have been regarded an all-star lineup, including David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Pete Sandoval (Morbid Angel), Jesse Pintado (Napalm Death).

Terrorizer play more on groove than on speed and there are an abundance of brilliant guitar riffs and the occasional mosh and grind part on this album. Napalm Death was one of the bigger band in this scene at this time and the Terrorizer sound was obviously a very big influence on Napalm Death since they changed the direction a bit on their next album to have a very similar sound to this one, both when it comes to song structures and production and the fact that the speed decreased a bit to be more of death metal with a lot of groovy parts. The fact that guitarist Jesse Pintado later actually started played in Napalm Death can have something to do with that.

The riffs are what make this album stand out and be one of the better in the genre, even being very close to Napalm Death's masterpiece Harmony Corruption that was released the year after, in 1990, but Harmony Corruption is a tiny bit better if you ask me. Harmony Corruption could actually be called World Downfall's big brother because they sound very much alike in most aspects.

The production is nothing to write home to mom about but it works, and as usual with bands and albums in this genre it can sound repetitive after a while, but that aside, this is an excellent example of the most noble that the classic death/grind scene had to offer.






8 chalices of 10 - Tommy

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