Terror have been a big name in hardcore for quite some time now, and to release such a short EP so far into their career is a peculiar move. However, in the hardcore scene, good things are always likely to come in small packages. The real question on hardcore fans’ lips all over the place is- so far into their career, can the band still deliver with new release The Walls will Fall?
Opening track Balance the Odds allows the release to tell its audience exactly what to expect- aggression, grit, and violent tendencies. The track offers a friend-punching riff, but unfortunately the song cannot stray from hardcore’s greatest enemy- generecism. “Fighting for a cause/ the freedom of my life” is left in the song, reflecting on the attitude of most hardcore bands these days- fighting for something or other. The track can’t escape from the lyricism seen all over the hardcore scene, unfortunately pulling it down to the same level.
The following track Kill Em Off introduces a much more powerful riff, allowing for the instrumentation to take over as the main focus. This song serves at the strong start Balance The Odds attempted, and gives catchy guitar pieces and blasting gang vocals to inspire flames to spark in the heart of any hardcore fan. The crushing aggression is displayed best in No Love Lost with the to-the-point lyric “you’re a weak motherfucker and you’re pissing me off” showing Terror’s clear no-bullshit attitude that belligerent hardcore should possess. Closing track Step to You is a ridiculous way to end the release, reaching fiery speeds to truly close the EP with a bang and leave the audience still hungry for the power it releases.
The one issue that truly sticks out in this release is the short length of it- with it only being 9 minutes long, it serves as only a tease at what Terror can really deliver this far into their career. However, the tracks presented here are (mostly) great hardcore tracks, packed with vitriol, fire and passion, and for a band so far into their hardcore career, Terror deliver a nice little package.