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Scanner – Terminal Earth

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Last Updated on 22:00 by Nikos Nakos

Genre: Speed/Power/Heavy Metal
Country: Germany
Label: Noise Records – Reissue: ROAR! Rock of Angels Records
Year: 1989 – Reissue: 2024

A beloved man of Letters, Georgios Ikaros Mpampasakis; poet, writer and translator wrote that anniversaries certainly help to return to fixed values, obelisks of thought and behemoths of contemplation and that certainly fits not only in literature or poetry and books, but also in music and LPs and cds. But furthermore besides anniversaries, when a band comes to visit Greece let alone when they come for a tour across the country, it is a very good excuse for brushing up literally and metaphorically our discotheques in order to revisit beloved albums, not only as music editors but also as pure fans as we never gave up this characterization.

And when it comes to write an article is often easiest job to write a couple of words for the whole discography rather than focus on a certain record. As you may already understand Scanner is one of these bands that have more than one classic and the choice to pick one of them for an article is left to Lady Luck, as I can’t use the personal favorite card as their first 4 records are equally beloved for me!

‘Terminal Earth’ was out in 1989 via, who else, Noise Records, following a bold debut that its concept was brilliant and the melody mixed with pure energy and riffs upon riffs structure gave them the proper boost for a big career. Still ‘Terminal Earth’ was not following the same path. Raw speedy tempos, dressed in melodic riffs with really high pitched vocals (that younger fans would find so similar to Kai Hansen’s) and a plethora of catchy choruses are ingredients that dreams and great power metal album are made of. Later Scanner became even better song writers (Axel Julius Scanner’s guitar player and primary songwriter had Time on his side on this…), still guitar driven full of speed and melodic yet not so rough and ready as they sound here. The line-up changes would kill other bands but Scanner was too hard to die after all. The replacement of great Michael Knoblich with equally talented S.L. Coe (Željko Topalović the real name of the Croatian and ex-Angel Dust singer) was catalytic for the album to shine as he was in charge of writing all the lyrics for the album. Speaking of lyrics we have to say that they are meaningful and more earthy…that its predecessor’s dealing with a tint of humor about materialism and modern life still focused on science fiction stories that sounds even now 35 years later so currently relevant (except “Not Alone” that is a rather a hymn about the joy of the existence of extraterrestrials!). Musically the album is a tornado of 80’s Metal. Priest/Maiden guitars on speed, with memorable vocal melodies and choruses, a 45rpm crescendo of melody and speed metal at its best. “The Law”, “Not Alone”, “Wonder”, “Telemania”, “Buy or Die”, and “The Challenge” are nothing more or less than hymns of Teutonic Metal.

For those who lived in a cave the last 35 years or are young but wise enough to search power metal gems if they are already fans not only of Walls of Jericho era Helloween, or Gamma Ray but also fans of early Running Wild and Rage, then they will find another ultra-speed power titan to worship when they bump into Scanner.

ROAR! Rock of Angels Records in collaboration with Pottmortem Records has the reissued “Terminal Earth” on limited to 400 copies blue transparent vinyl this year (26.04.2024). A long overdue reissue of this timeless classic, a vinyl version that coincides with the album’s 35th anniversary of its original release back in 1989. A real fan edition! With the last reissue on vinyl having been released back on 2016, this long out-of-print masterpiece finally available on vinyl again.

Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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