Terrifiant: Terrifiant-2020.

Terrifiant:Heavy Speed Metal from Belgium.




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One thought on “Terrifiant: Terrifiant-2020.

  1. It’s unclear to me exactly how this band intends for their name to be pronounced. Is the first half supposed to roll off the tongue like “terrific” or rather is the end of the word supposed to rhyme with “defiant”? If I had to guess, it’s the latter that makes more sense, but it’s still ambiguous enough that some doubt remains. Fortunately, we don’t need to know how to pronounce the band’s name to know what we think of the music, so let’s dismiss that line of inquiry for now and focus on Belgium’s latest speed metal export: Terrifiant (however you want to pronounce it).

    The album makes its intentions clear from the outset. After the triumphant and bombastic instrumental opener, there is no doubt in the listener’s mind that this is going to be anything other than a blistering speed metal opus, with a frantic and ferocious sound not too different from Belgium’s first great speed metal outfit, Acid. And though you don’t hear from the vocalist for the first track, as soon as he enters the picture, it’s obvious that this is not your ordinary singer. Speed metal does have its share of off-the-charts vocalists that strongly resemble the sound here. Take the frenzied and erratic delivery of Dan Beehler from Exciter, and cross that with the wailing falsetto of John Cyriis from Agent Steel, and you’ll have a somewhat decent idea of what this sounds like. But that’s not really the whole picture: next, throw in the maniacal and oftentimes unnerving style of Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys and then you’ll have a complete picture. No really, the vocals are that weird. I feel like this guy could have filled in on the studio recording of “Sabotage” and nobody would have noticed.

    But that doesn’t mean I think the vocals are bad – in fact, I think this vocal style might just be the best possible one given the jagged and fiery riffs that populate the album. But it’s also true that they don’t really sound quite like anything else I’ve heard before. And that’s different from the music which is pretty standard fare when it comes to speed metal. Though, to their credit, they certainly have a good bit more variety in their composition than a lot of speed metal. The inclusion of slow sections, like the one in the latter half of “Metal and More” do a lot to keep the album interesting instead of just being a bunch of fast songs that run together.

    I would love to be able point to a single track that would give you an idea of their sound, but it’s actually harder than it may seem. I think all the tracks on here are pretty good, and there is enough of a blend of different approaches scattered throughout the album that I wouldn’t label any of the tracks as filler. But there is this one track in particular that is, well, certainly more interesting than the others: a cover of Pat Benatar’s famous single “Heartbreaker”. And though I like the original well enough, this is simply a whole other beast.

    raoulduke25, March 3rd, 2020
    Written based on this version: 2020, CD, Gates of Hell Records

    Originally written for The Metal Observer.


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