Terrorizer

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Terrorizer
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active
  • 1986–1989
  • 2005–2006
  • 2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website http://www.terrorizergrindcore.net/
Members Pete Sandoval
Sam Molina
Lee Harrison
Past membersOscar Garcia
Jesse Pintado
Alfred "Garvey" Estrada
Tony Norman
Anthony Rezhawk
Katina Culture
David Vincent

Terrorizer is an American grindcore [2] band formed in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. After disbanding, its members gained recognition by playing in influential extreme metal bands, such as Morbid Angel (David Vincent, Pete Sandoval), Napalm Death (Jesse Pintado) and Nausea (Oscar Garcia, Alfred "Garvey" Estrada). To date, Terrorizer has released four studio albums, and broken up twice (once in 1989 and another in 2006). The band reunited again in 2009, this time without Pintado, who had died three years earlier.

Grindcore is an extreme fusion genre of heavy metal and hardcore punk that originated in the mid-1980s, drawing inspiration from abrasive-sounding musical styles, such as: thrashcore, crust punk, hardcore punk, extreme metal, and industrial. Grindcore is characterized by a noise-filled sound that uses heavily distorted, down-tuned guitars, grinding overdriven bass, high speed tempo, blast beats, and vocals which consist of growls and high-pitched shrieks. Early groups like Napalm Death are credited with laying the groundwork for the style. It is most prevalent today in North America and Europe, with popular contributors such as Brutal Truth and Nasum. Lyrical themes range from a primary focus on social and political concerns, to gory subject matter and black humor.

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Biography

The group released its debut album, World Downfall , in 1989. It is seen as one of the classics of early grindcore. [3] An album containing two rehearsal sessions of the band from 1987 was released in 2003.

<i>World Downfall</i> 1989 studio album by Terrorizer

World Downfall is the debut album by American grindcore band Terrorizer. It was released by Earache Records on November 13, 1989.

The band split around 1990 when Vincent offered Sandoval a spot in Morbid Angel, while Pintado was being courted to join Napalm Death; Sandoval saw Terrorizer stagnating, while Morbid Angel and Napalm Death at the time were rapidly gaining popularity. As a result, only Garcia remained; Garcia claims not to have talked to Sandoval since. [4]

Morbid Angel American band

Morbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida formed in 1983 by guitarist and sole remaining original member Trey Azagthoth, vocalist and bassist Dallas Ward, and drummer Mike Browning. Widely considered as one of the most influential bands in the genre and important in the transition of death metal from its thrash metal roots, they were one of the first bands to incorporate guttural vocals, up-tempo blast beats, multiple tempo changes and dark atmosphere. They have been described as one of "the most influential and emulated bands in death metal", alongside Obituary, Death and Cannibal Corpse, and have been cited as an influence by many later bands. They were also the first death metal band to experience mainstream success in connection with being signed to Giant Records in 1992, heavy rotation of their music videos on MTV, and having the music video for the song "God of Emptiness" shown on an episode of Beavis and Butt-head. Their first four albums – Altars of Madness (1989), Blessed Are the Sick (1991), Covenant (1993) and Domination (1995) – are considered classics in the genre.

Napalm Death British grindcore band

Napalm Death are a British extreme metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group since December 1986, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent of the band's career since 1992's Utopia Banished, although, from 1989 to 2004, Napalm Death were a five-piece band after they added Jesse Pintado as the replacement of one-time guitarist Bill Steer; following Pintado's departure, the band reverted to a four-piece rather than replace him.

In early 2005 it was rumored that Terrorizer were to reform with their original line-up; however, of the original line up, only Jesse Pintado and Pete Sandoval returned. The band released its second studio album, Darker Days Ahead , in August 2006, on Century Media Records. Tony Norman (Morbid Angel) joined on guitar and bass, and Anthony Rezhawk joined as the new vocalist. Pintado had been recording and playing shows with Rezhawk's band Resistant Culture and asked him to join Terrorizer. In the week of the album's release, Pintado died due to complications arising from liver failure. [5]

<i>Darker Days Ahead</i> 2006 studio album by Terrorizer

Darker Days Ahead is the second album by American deathgrind band Terrorizer. It was released on August 22, 2006, by Century Media, seventeen years after their 1989 debut World Downfall. Darker Days Ahead is Terrorizer's final album recorded with guitarist Jesse Pintado, who died five days after its release due to liver failure.

Century Media Records record label

Century Media Records is a heavy metal record label with offices in the United States, Germany and London. In August 2015, Century Media was acquired by Sony Music for US $17 million.

In 2009, Terrorizer released a new demo track, "Hordes of Zombies", on its MySpace page. [6] In June 2011, Terrorizer signed to Season of Mist, and released its third album, Hordes of Zombies , on February 28, 2012. [7] Resistant Culture guitarist Katina Culture replaced Pintado and David Vincent rejoined on bass. [8]

Season of Mist is an independent record label and record distributor with subsidiaries in France and the United States. The record label was founded in 1996 by Michael S. Berberian in Marseille, France. From the start releasing black metal, pagan metal and death metal records, the label moved on to releasing albums of avant-garde metal, gothic metal and punk bands as well. The label has two offices, one in Marseille, France and one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

<i>Hordes of Zombies</i> 2012 studio album by Terrorizer

Hordes of Zombies is the third studio album by American deathgrind band Terrorizer. It was released on February 28, 2012, through Season of Mist. This is Terrorizer's first album since 2006's Darker Days Ahead and the only one to feature vocalist Anthony Rezhawk and guitarist Katina Culture and the last album to feature bassist David Vincent.

In November 2012, drummer Pete Sandoval announced that Terrorizer started writing new material for their next album. [9] The fourth album titled Caustic Attack was released in the fall of 2018 under The End Records. [10]

Pete Sandoval American musician

Pedro Rigoberto "Pete" Sandoval is a Salvadoran-born American death metal drummer. He is widely regarded as "the father of the blast beat" and one of the fastest drummers in the death metal scene. He plays Sabian cymbals and Evans heads. His first significant stint as a drummer was for the grindcore band Terrorizer, formed in 1986, where he began to demonstrate some of his talent. Heavily influenced by the grindcore music around him, Sandoval quickly developed his abilities as a drummer with little formal training or musical education.

Terrorizer LA

In 2014, Oscar Garcia was invited by Jesse Pintado’s sister to put together a new lineup of Terrorizer (his version known as Terrorizer LA or TLA) for a festival celebrating what would have been Jesse Pintado’s 45th birthday. [11] [12] He asked fellow Nausea member Leon del Muerte (Murder Construct) to play guitar, and shortly afterward Cosmo Reveles, Rick Cortez (Sadistic Intent) and Mike Caffell (Dreaming Dead, Exhausted Prayer) were recruited to fill out the band. The band continues to play under the Terrorizer LA name.

"Before The Downfall," a collection of demos and unreleased material, was released by FOAD Records in 2015.

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Terrorizer

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  12. http://bravewords.com/news/oscar-garcia-and-terrorizer-l-a-to-play-world-downfall-in-its-entirety-at-grindcore-2014-this-july-wehrmacht-nausea-and-more-also-confirmed