Terror has been a band that has defined hardcore for the last decade. Vogel and his Vogelisms have headlining some of the biggest hardcore fests in that time frame and they’ve toured the majority of every year since their exception. One of the bands to get the most energy out of the crowd wherever they play and with test of time albums like Lowest Of The Low and One With The Underdogs, it comes as a shock that their newest record, The 25th Hour, has virtually zero buzz behind it. I’ll admit that I’ve slacked on getting this review out but when I first had it show up in my inbox, I wasn’t even aware that they were recording and now that it’s been out for a few weeks, I don’t think I’ve heard one mention of the album other than a quick blurb by the This Is Hardcore Instagram account that they were, at the time, listening to it.

I’ll admit. I wasn’t that into the bands last two outings in Keepers Of The Faith and Live By The Code. With Terror’s relatively simplistic style, these were a little too experimental for my liking. They were longer tracks with obviously more mature songwriting but that’s not always what a band needs. Sometimes we just want balls to the wall with little time for the bullshit, what Terror was known for. Luckily, that is exactly what this record is. A true return to form. Reading interviews about the making of this record, the band made the pact that if songs were long they would cut them down, if they seemed too slow, they would speed them up. That’s exactly what they did. 14 songs in 23 minutes and with all the ferocity of the first two records. Even though Scott Vogel's voice is starting on it's decline, that struggle to maintain has provided a much more emotional delivery on this record. You can hear the passion resonate as he is doing all he can to maintain that bark he's known for. Much like the first two records as well, the focus on the mosh parts isn’t there. This is about stage dives and singalongs and lyrics that any hardcore “kid” can identify with.

It’s a shame that this record isn’t getting the attention it deserves because even if you fell out of love with Terror after the last two records (I’ve heard this on more than one occasion), this is the record you’ve been wanting for a few years now. A solid straightforward hardcore with record with a few sprinkles of cross-over thrash. Grab this and I’m sure you’ll be singing along and diving off your dining room table in no time. It's also the best thing that Victory Records will put out this year.