Originally reviewed here.
The thrash resurgence must still be going reasonably well. Here we have the debut EP from Portuguese thrash band Terror Empire. Terror Empire has only been around since 2009 and this is their first ever release.
True to their name, Terror Empire's EP appears to mostly be about the war on terror. Featuring samples from speeches by former U.S. president George W. Bush and song titles like "Dirty Bomb" make that fairly clear.
The problem Terror Empire really face is the same one that a lot of newer thrash metal bands face. They just do not really bring anything new to the table. Their EP sounds a lot like the albums of just about any other newer thrash metal band. They just do not do anything to distinguish themselves from the pack.
What Terror Empire lacks in originality, they make up for in fierceness though. Terror Empire is fast and relentlessly intense. Featuring razor-sharp riffs, hoarse, shouted vocals, and pounding drums, Terror Empire definitely has the chops to compete with most of the rest of the new thrash metal scene.
They are just not there quite yet and that should be expected from a band releasing their first ever EP. Very few bands are at this point in their careers.
Not a bad start. Terror Empire needs to find their own voice, but they definitely have strong ability.