On its newest disc, Always the Hard Way, Terror pulls no punches, delivering a straightforward onslaught of us-against-them rhetoric. The title track strikes like an illegal chokehold: chugging riffs followed by some of the most self-righteous vocals we've heard since the gospel of Earth Crisis. "Last of the diehards/You're proof this is more than words," preaches Scott Vogel, making the prissiest dude on the block run for the gym. Meanwhile, we're almost fooled into thinking the rager "Lost" is a forgotten Cinderella song, thanks to the eerie goth-glam intro. But then Nick Jett's breakneck drums lead us into a revolving mosh pit of frustration and unjust anger. "Just like you, I'm lost" we're told, and no doubt, we feel the pain.
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