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Fast, furious, fun – that’s Straight Outta Smogtown in 3 words. Carrying the carefree thrash/punk flame of the likes of Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies, Poland’s Terrordome address the current political climate with their usual black humour – track 2’s title Possessed by Blyat and spoken word quips like ‘let’s chew on plastic straws together’ is quirky (yet corny) proof, among others, that they’ve kept the gallows humour last seen 6 years ago on their 2015 release, Machete Justice.
Their obvious talent aside, Terrordome deserve credit for the song structures alone: the band know when to simmer and when to surge, and playing perfectly as a unit make the riff-to-breakdown-to-solo ratio refreshingly disciplined. The production is as clear as a bell and adds greatly to the overall aesthetic and enjoyment of the record, enhancing every note, gurgling bassline, and pummelling blast beat. The riffs are pacey and plentiful and have enough room to breathe to be one of the stand out strengths on the album, alongside the pristine drumming and flourishing solos. Though the tracks are relatively short by today’s standards, there are still plenty of them to mosh to.
The album lacks a little cadence and sometimes moves from one thrash-speed impulse to the next, and the English lyrics are the biggest weakness: hackneyed and repetitive, it’s one element of the original thrash scene that either should have been left in the 80s or vastly improved upon (the gang vocal chanting of a song name was grating 30+ years ago). There appears to be a lot of guest vocalists on the album but the only time they make an impact is on the exchanges between Jairo and Manu (from Chaos Synopsis and Sacrófago, respectively) on Desordem e Regresso.
Terrordome’s 3rd release doesn’t break any barriers or offer anything totally new, but it’s still a remarkably well made album that will no doubt be among the top thrash albums of the year.
Release date: February 5, 2021
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