The Terror alert in Colorado Springs is being raised to Code Mosh.
Hardcore purists since 2002, Terror released its second full-length CD, Always the Hard Way, last July and has been touring almost incessantly to promote it. So far, the band members have brought their melodic onslaught to the U.K., Germany, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico. Now they're coming here.
In putting together this latest album, Terror apparently raised some fans' eyebrows by inviting hip-hop artists to jump in. But the collaboration hardly leaves them in danger of becoming Linkin Park; Terror's music has seamlessly maintained its screaming guitar intensity and sense of urban outrage over the years. They're still a fist in the face of aural delicacy.
"We're always going to have our formula," assures Scott Vogel, the band's 33-year-old vocalist, "but [Always the Hard Way] is definitely faster than the last record, and more in your face."
Although Vogel is a seasoned road dog, some venues in his own backyard of Los Angeles refuse to host his band. A number of Hollywood clubs banned Terror after angry fans smashed up the world-renowned venue Whiskey. Vogel says he doesn't advocate violence, but he admits that his band's shows "can be aggressive." And he's fine with that he thinks hardcore metal music and concerts provide a "very positive outlet" for disenfranchised kids.
"Our record definitely captures our energy and aggression," says Vogel, "but our live show is where it's at."
Terror with The Warriors, All Shall Perish, Stick to Your Guns and War of Ages
The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.
Friday, Jan 19, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door; visit ticketweb.com.