Lowest of the Low

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Terror features former members of hardcore mainstays Buried Alive and Carry On, and while this band doesn't exactly break new ground in its particular interpretation of the hardcore verities, there are one or two interesting twists on its nine-track, 16-minute debut album. For one thing, "Nothing to Me" seems to be something of a rejection of the straight-edge scene, or at least its ideological trappings ("Never have, never will, all that sh*t means nothing to me/I see through the fashion parade"). For another thing, isn't that a guitar solo I hear on "Don't Need Your Help"? It lasts all of about five seconds, granted, but still...Otherwise, Lowest of the Low offers everything a good hardcore album should: tightly roaring guitars, impossibly fast drumming, lots of hoarse shouting, and songs that say what they came to say (mainly "I hate you because you're a liar and a phony") and then shut up and move on.

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