Another great output from Torontoís striving hardcore/punk scene. Terminal State play hardcore the old fashion way without butchering the simple formula that has define a sound that stands the test of time. Itís fast, loud and snotty. 8 tracks of DC inspired hardcore.
Review from Razorcake #29: Todd sang the praises of Deranged Records last issue, and Iím about to do the same thing here. Deranged is easily one of the most consistent hardcore labels around; from early records by DS-13 and TEAR IT UP to underrated gems like UNITED SUPER VILLIANS and OUTCOLD all the way to genre-redefining classics like FUCKED UP and CAREER SUICIDE, theyíve put out great records and never get caught up in any kind of hype or record geek minutia. And between this and the new BURIAL, the well shows no signs of going dry any time soon. TERMINAL STATE draws heavily from early 80ís DC and Boston hardcore, meaning that (hopefully) you already know what they sound like, but that doesnít make this any less of an adrenaline shot to the chest. Eight songs that blast right by with a vitality thatís damn near unmatched today. Absolutely top-shelf punk rock and an instant classic.
Review from MRR #271: TERMINAL STATE, from Toronto, has done a near-perfect job of approximating the sound of early BLACK FLAG and CIRCLE JERKS records. This is mainly mid-tempo three-chord punk with catchy riffs and lyrics about not fitting into society. No new ground broken, of course, but better than most of whats out there these days anyway. I am particularly into the artwork and general look of this release. At times this is a little too simple, but fortunately the record itself is short enough that it doesnt matter really. Definitely the best thing I got for review this month.