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Terminal Nation – Echoes of the Devil’s Den


Last Updated on 15:20 by Nikos Nakos

Genre: Death Metal/Hardcore
Country: U.S.A.
Label: 20 Buck Spin
Year: 2024

As a big fan of Death Metal/Hardcore crossover bands such as Fuming Mouth, Tribal Gaze, Xibalba, Slowbleed, and Enforced, I couldn’t avoid on bumping into Terminal Nation. And yes their label was another reason I kicked their record for review as 20 Buck never fails to deliver…This mixture of Hardcore and Death metal definitely has given so many failures and bands that recorded some ridiculous albums in which some clean vocals and screams were blended with meaningless breaks, chugging riffs and distortion, but thankfully men are already have been separated from the children…Terminal Nation have picked to enrich their sound with many Death elements heavily inspired by Obituary with down-tuned guitars and buzz saw riffs. Now the songs became longer and heavier plus the lyrics got more straight forward and relative to social active citizens. Lyrically speaking the band deals with issues like police brutality, crime War profiteering, the climate crisis, the prison industrial complex, religion-fueled violence, the corruption of capitalism, the oppression of marginalized groups bringing in mind colossal names like Napalm Death, Carcass and Bolt Thrower which were political and at the same time great song writers not any kind of preachers; they were communicating their message through top notch music. Of course Terminal Nation has a lot to learn until they become huge, still they move in the right path. Terminal Nation aren’t afraid of getting some help from several guests–Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach, Integrity’s Dwid Hellion, Nails/Terror’s Todd Jones, Sex Prisoner’s K. Kennedy, and Elysia’s Zak Vargas–are a couple of their friends that give extra boost to a release full of bruising hardcore riffs and attitude and weighting ten ton death metal hammer guitars when needed to complete a brave and socio-sensitive almost political album that must be heard, ‘cause it has a lot of things to say. “Echoes of the Devil’s Den” highlights: “The Spikes Under the Bridge”, “Cemetery of Imposters”, “No Reform (New Age Slave Patrol)”, “Merchants of Bloodshed” and “Written by the Victor”.

Nikos Nakos
Nikos Nakos
“When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money.”

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