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Terror 2000 could have very well been a one shot project, the band's members shaking hands and going their separate ways, back to the careers that enabled the project's existence in the first place, and the integrity of their name held in place. However, it's clear that Speed, Nick, and Klas were enjoying themselves all too much for that scenario, and so, two years later, the second effort, Faster Disaster arrived. Now, I haven't broken out the actual speedometer to make a scientifically accurate comparison, but it seems the title is not a joke, because there is even more vitriol and hypertension packed into this sophomore, not to mention that the riffs are just better in general, and Nick and Klas are in such a focused frenzy here that they somehow concoct a few that really stand out.
Unfortunately, not all is well in terror-land, because the band have seemed to up the dose of silly, self-referential lyrics, as if Terror 2000 were some imaginary force of thrash police that were about to break in your door and make everything alright by savaging your wife and property. Often, a band can pull this off. Some have made entire careers out of it. But in the case of these Swedes, who hail from bands that one might actually consider somewhat intelligent if they don't possess some overarching bias against Swede metal, it just feels a rather rotten joke that no one is in on, and that no one could ever care about. For fuck's sake, 'no one' will be so busy banging his head to these riffs, developing serious neck cramps, that he probably won't care less about the lame lyrics. To be fair, not all of them are all that stupid, though most meaningless and silly cliches of no import.
But, gods, the riffing is crazy here. I'll pick out my personal favorite here, "I'm Speed at Night", which is just a wall of intricate, super charged fretboard frenzy that races by at such an intense speed, you run clean of any conditioned physical response within 30-60 seconds. I can't say I'm a huge fan of Speed's vocals over this, they sound like a Phil Anselmo if he was far more into his alma mater's thrashing potential than whatever drug was 'cool' that week. But they're enough to serve as further mind bludgeoning, as the track races through beautiful riff after riff to a wild solo that I would not kick out of bed for crackers. There are others nearly as packed with good wholesome guitar work, like "Back With Attack" and "Stalkers in the Night", and then there are also a few slower tunes like "Menace of Brutality" which take their time to arrive at their goals of lightning speed. But arrive they do!
Faster Disaster is a well-produced album, with a new drummer in tow, Erik Thyselius (who has also played in Construcdead and Face Down). The guitar tones are even more crisp and revealing than the debut, and really everything about it is a step up from Slaughterhouse Supremacy. The style is the same, but the riffs are just stickier, and it might be worth looking past the lame, unfunny lyrics to attain this, especially if you're a fan of the immortal thrashing guitar volleys of the 80s like Artillery, Tankard, Sodom, Destruction and Kreator.
Alright my friends, let’s make this clear: after a debut like “Slaughter House Supremacy” it was very hard for our Swedish men to release an excellent follow up and the partially failed. This new effort is a bit more focused on the pure thrash metal side than on death like before. Maybe it’s a production “fault” but anyway this is a quite good album.
“Back With Attack” is a song that shows no mercy except during the final part where the tempo parts change to up tempo ones into mid-paced. Always the solos are great, in pure thrash/death style. Check the tempo change at 2:15 in “Formula Flesh Feast”. I believe that, anyway, the riffage always being very violent, is less inspired than in the past and quite similar in most of the songs.
The vocals by “Bjorn” are a trademark, with lots of screams and some lower ones during the refrain of “Headrush”. “Infernal Outlaw” shows a good mix of different tempo parts with some modern elements…not bad. “Menace Of Brutality” is my favourite one here for the doomy beginning and the out of the blue speed restart. Great thrash. “Stalkers In The Night” features thrash riffage and hyper speed sections.
The main riff on “I’m Speed At Night” is very similar to the one in the first track, but anyway it’s total impact. The chorus in “Killing Machine” is great, with some heavy, raging filtrated vocals and doomy intermezzo with weird solos. Overall, this is a good thrash metal album that, compared to “Slaughterhouse Supremacy”, loses in terms of songwriting and death influences but it's always recommended for thrash metal fans.
I loved Terror 2000's first album, Slaughterhouse Supremacy. I thought it was an absolute eargasm of brutal light-speed Swedish thrash, but not the boring kind. Some old-school riffing popped up in places, and the album had a classy sense of melody while still remaining, in essence, a thrashy shredmonster. It was the mother of all side projects for me for awhile, and while I understand why some people didn't dig it, it was just what I'd been looking for. So, I was practically foaming at the mouth when I heard about its followup release, Faster Disaster. I was also excited to hear Erik Thyselius drum on the new one, because his drumming with Construcdead is great. And lo and behold, enter the generic riffing. Man this album was a letdown. Gone is the creativity and distinctive songwriting, the perfect melodic riffage and angry intensity. Sure, some tracks on here are entertaining speedfests, like Formula Flame Feast or Menace Of Brutality. But overall, this album is kind of boring. It sounds like speed for the sake of speed, and sacrifices the kickass riffing that made Slaughterhouse Supremacy one of my favorites. Approach with caution. They can do better I'm sure, they certainly have before. Hopefully this is just a sophomore slump.