Latest release: Keepers of the Faith (Century Media)
When I tell Terror’s Scott Vogel that we’ve just had a string of 100ºF+ days in a row here, he’s not that impressed. After playing more than thirty shows in the middle of a European winter, it appears he doesn’t like the sound of coming straight into an Australian summer.
“Holy shit! I don’t like that!” he says, unbelievingly. Then bursts into good-natured laughter. “But I’ll handle it! We’re in Europe right now and we always have a good time here and it’s fun. But we’re coming up to show 35 now, so we’re ready to leave soon.”
There will be little time for them to relax before they hit Australia, but that’s exactly how they like it.
“We’re not a band that can sit back too much. We’ve gotta get out there and play. I think that’s the name of the game for us. We gotta get out there and get in people’s faces.”
In true hardcore style, Terror seems to rarely take a break from their cycle of touring and recording. Since forming in 2002, the band has churned out four albums, three EPs and numerous splits on both vinyl and CD and have rarely been off the road.
“Sometimes it sucks,” Vogel admits. “But most of the time we try to have as much fun as possible. I think that the vibe in the band is at a high. Sometimes it’s nice to just escape and go to a movie theatre and get away from everybody. But for the most part we’re just hangin’, trying to tour with bands we like and have fun. We think about [taking a long break] and talk about it all the time, but we always get offered these things, and we always say yes (laughs)!”
The band’s work ethic has seen a few line-ups come and go, but it has all started to pay off for Vogel. Terror’s 2006 album Always the Hard Way flirted with the US Billboard chart and led to them signing to Century Media for the follow-up, The Damned, The Shamed. Since then the term “hardcore” has been bandied about with furious abandon by a deluge of acts whose only real connection to the scene is being a band that plays guitars and drums. With a sound inspired by early 90s stalwarts like Earth Crisis, Vision of Disorder and Shai Hulud, that isn’t an accusation that could be laid at Terror’s feet. The title of their latest album Keepers of the Faith is both a statement of purpose and a flag for like-minded bands to rally behind. Vogel doesn’t like the way the term seems to have been cheapened, but he also knows that there are still plenty of real bands out there.
“There’s a lot of really terrible stuff out there that… I think a lot of bands out there just label themselves ‘hardcore’ because they can get a quick fanbase off of it, and they don’t even really know or care about hardcore,” Vogel says. “That’s a more mainstream thing going on. But underneath that, there’s definitely younger bands that really inspire me and keep me feeling young that I listen to and get the demos and the 7 inchers [of] and feel assured that hardcore is in a really good place right now.”
Terror has always been about keeping it real, and with thirteen tracks of bruising hardcore in just over thirty minutes, there’s little doubt they’ve kept that promise on Keepers of the Faith. For his part, Vogel agrees.
“I think we made a really, really good hardcore record,” he says. “I’m not the type of person to talk about how great Terror is all the time, but I think we made a really good record. We like the layout, lyrics, recording, everything came out good, so we’re pretty happy.”
The band’s next mission of course is Soundwave, and despite playing in the early afternoon and away from the clubs they are used to, Scott Vogel is adamant that there will be no barriers to them bringing it on. For any who may not know what that means, check out some of their live clips. A Terror moshpit makes Parkway Drive’s look like a ball pit at a kiddie party.
“Well we always try to get the crowd kinda rowdy,” Vogel says with spectacular understatement. “I’m expecting there to be a barricade and stuff like that. Luckily we’ve been around long enough to figure out how to work those things. We’re gonna do our thing and hopefully people will feel the energy, and get loose.”
And who is Scott Vogel himself looking forward to seeing out of the rest of the line-up?
“Iron Maiden and Slayer,” he says without hesitation. “Both of those bands were such an inspiration for me, so it will be great to see them. It’ll be weird seeing Slayer without Jeff, but I’m sure it’ll just go off anyhow.”