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23 May 2020 |
The Dutch Terradown has already put itself on the metal map by winning the Dutch Metalbattle and even the Dutch Wacken Metalbattle that resulted in a performance at this famous festival. Truly an astonishing feed, especially since the band did this without having released an album. Well, this is that album and what an album it is.
Terradown has been around since 2016 and they have performed quite well on various stages already. Singer Nick is a well liked guest vocalist for other bands due to his presence and voice, and you can hear why, when you listen to the layered structure and diversity of the songs. They claim to play groovy melodeath trash metal. Well there is certainly something in it, think of a mix of Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth and the brutal side of Avatar.
Each song mixes the necessary melody with toxic aggression, pointed hooks, staccato riffs, militaristic drumming and Nick's caustic, brutal vocals. Opener "Statement" offers it all right away and is long drawn out. The following "Volition" is also such a nice brutal pestle. After that we met "Break Your Chains", somewhat surprised with a more catchy song with rapping vocals. Luckily, there is no decline in brutality and power, especially noticeable in 'Memories', which really hits home.
Caged In Stone is also more catchy and you could almost call it a relative resting point. After that, only delicious super-fat squatters that are ideal for renovating your house in record time. I put "Black Blood" continuously on repeat, what a power, aggression and superior vocals. The alternation between brutal and clean works fantastic here, but the fat groove and breaks are just complete. Overlord is also such a super great song that it will do great live. "Reburied" and "From The Skies" are also great thrash songs while the closing "Into The Devil's Lair" mixes some metal with groove again. Just listen to those super fast, dexterous guitar solos.
With their debut Judgment Terradown knows how to present itself very strong. An album full of cool songs that invite to be performed live and will certainly appeal to a large audience that will enter the mosh pit. Super fat and tight debut that fortunately is not over-produced, but still sounds nice and raw and uncompromising. The songs are well composed and varied, they are played with great skill and the vocals are nice and aggressive and brutal. Add to that that the lyrics are not just taken from the air but give food for thought and you know that this is an album that is perfectly fine. Mandatory purchase I would say!
20 May 2020 |
TerraDown are relatively new band in the scene, formed in 2016. This Dutch band delivers their full length album and it is awesome.
There are 10 songs on this album. Many would call the music of TerraDown modern metal, groove metal, blah blah, but basically it is melodic death metal with some thrash metal inspirations thrown in for good measure. That means brutal, screaming vocals that fits perfectly with catchy and fiery thrash riffs combining beauty of metal melody with brutality and aggression. For me, somehow the songs that were best on this record in my opinion are Break Your Chains, Memories with that cool chorus and atmospheric parts of the song, also that fantastic guitar solo at the end of the song, makes my skin crawl with goosebumps. If you are a fan of melodic death metal, of creating fantastic soundscapes with mixing energy, melancholy and aggression, TerraDown album will not let you down. Great record!
08 May 2020 |
Almost exactly 1 year after TerraDown winning the Metal Battle in Estrado Harderwijk I receive the review copy of their debut album “Judgement”. This album is not only a concept album, but the band is a concept by itself too. Although that is quite a challenge, but it is also a narrow path to walk on too.
However in these strange times of lock downs and all, the story is rather applicable.
Judgement starts of with “Statement” and it is a grim story of an abandoned warrior left to die. Musically it is a bit bombastic, but very well detailed; the music as well as the lyrics. This song has a precise amount of chaos, which gives a bit of an uncomfortable feeling to it, which gets under your skin; something is going on. I like it when a story sets all the props in their place like this right from the beginning.
There are a few change in tempo which breaks up this quite long song of over seven and a half minutes nicely. Especially the inner reflection part is impressive, with a nice build up towards the end of the song. The semi-fade out is a bit of a let down.
“Volition” has a more powerful start is almost right from the start very grooving, with very interesting changes in tempo and very melodic pumping drums. The changes in this song are more subtle but very much in line with the lyrics
At first the next song, called “Break your Chains”, raised a brow. The song doesn’t start of with the characteristic growling voice of Nick, but with rather (but not complete) clean vocals and… a rap-metal tune.
Surely it crosses over from rap-metal to grooving death metal, but I must admit that the first few times I listened to “Break your Chains” I couldn’t figure it out exactly. Later, as it grew on me, I kinda liked it.
The fourth song of the album is the first song of this album I heard some weeks ago; “Memories” and although it was played in Estrado last year, I didn’t remember it was this awesome. The intro is one of a ballad, but that is all gone after exactly 17 seconds. The double tapping by Jasper and Mark is beautiful and fits well in this emotional song. The lyrics are of an impressive high level and from the break it builds up to another double tapping and that leads towards the end of this song. Every time I hear it I crank the volume up a bit more.
Luckily is “Caged in Stone” a tiny bit lower in intensity and goes back to the grooving metal, with some epic metal influences and sung partly with clean-ish vocals. This song is another mix of genres which makes this album up until now rather interesting.
“Black Blood” is the sixth track on the album and takes off, where “Caged in Stone” ended. The style is comparable, but where “Caged in Stone” is perhaps a bit more bright, “Black Blood” is definitely more dark. There is no doubt this song is about de the dependency of mankind of oil; black blood.
The build up of this song is nice. The first half is quite cheerful and groovy, despite the grim message. The break feels like the end of the song, but then there is a powerful build up to the groovy part before the song really ends.
I struggle a bit with the next track. “Overlord” doesn’t grip me like other songs on this album yet. It doesn’t mean it is a bad song, but maybe it is a bit to straightforward. I guess I miss the suspense a bit, which is more present in the other songs.
“Reburied” is following and that is quite a different song. Lots of tempo changes and fills and frills, pushed forward by a pumping drummer.
Lyrically this is a fascinating song. There are so many ways to explain or interpret the lyrics, that it is mind boggling; impressive!
“From the skies” is the song I’ve listened to the most. There is so much going on in this song, that even after 20 times per day it still isn’t boring. Perhaps is this the song which defines TerraDown the most; complex, varied and skilled.
In a perfect world, a dark philosophical story like that of “Judgement”, would have a positive ending, but that is by no means a certainty in this case with “Into the Devil’s Liar” being the last song of the album.
While reading the lyrics, you cannot escape the impression that this song is like a boss fight from a video game. In line with the theme of the band, the outcome of this story is uncertain.
“Into the Devil’s Liar” is another song with a great build up and intensity.
TerraDown proofs that even if not all members have the same taste in metal to make an interesting album. Personally I think the different views on metal are the forte of this band.
Although the concept of the band and album is challenging, the album is musically and lyrically varied and coherent and a more than decent debut album.
What I really like about the lyrics is, that the really tell a story. The songs are quite lengthy, 5 minutes on average, and all of that can be a pitfall too. A concept album is a tricky thing to make, especially a concept album with a message is often a balancing act between the story, the message you want to bring across, the music and the length of a song, while grasping the attention of your listeners and not being pedantic!
TerraDown did all this rather succesfully, with just a few minor remarks.
Even if you ignore the message, or even the story at all, it is still a great debut album!
To me a (semi) fade out on a metal album is heinous and sadly there are a few. Half of the songs have squealing guitars dying out by them self, but cut short by a fade out and that is a pity. There are better ways to end a song.
Other than that, this album is very impressive and has a spot in my playlist.
03 May 2020 |
Review: “Judgement” by TerraDown
Winners of the Dutch Wacken Battle in 2019 that saw them play off against a whole host of other bands to get their opportunity to perform at one of Europe’s largest Metal Festivals, TerraDown gave themselves a huge platform to share their music upon. Citing influences in Amon Amarth, Avatar and Killswitch Engage, Nick Brouwer (Vocals), Jasper Verhorst (Lead guitar), Mark Link (Rhythm guitar), Joris Koenraadt (Bass) and Dimmy Marcelissen (Drums) have sort to create a diversity, uniqueness and energy in their sound by combining elements of Melodic Death Metal with Grove Metal.
The anthemic start of “Statement” is a call to arms with fist pumping attitude. In the riffs they have created something that has the groove of Pantera and the swagger of Killswitch Engage while Brouwer has a solid unclean range that would also work with a heavier band. Starting any album with a song that eclipses the 7 minute mark is a brave decision but TerraDown have chosen a strong, well crafted cut for the role. The finale of a spoken word that gradually gets angrier with each repetition before bursting into a vibrant solo is masterfully created. “Volition” is a shorter track at just over four minutes and introduces some Lamb Of God esq moments with Brouwer proving he can give Randy Blythe a run for his money vocally. It would certainly be interesting to hear their take on a track by the Americans. The breakdowns section and “Bleigh!” moment has some impressive percussive backing and a real rager of a cut. If you were hoping for a power ballad with “Break Your Chains“, look away now because it’s no mirror for “Unbreak My Heart“. Brouwer uses a different voice to project half of the lyrics, a sort of off kilter fast paced spoken word (not rapping) before stepping back into his usual throat ripping style. The guitars bounce around with a 90s Metal overtone that seems to want to break into some Clutch but doesn’t quite do it, in a fun kind of a way.
From that fun aspect back to a more traditional Melodic Death Metal sound with roots firmly in the Gothenburg sound, “Memories” is the obvious choice for a lead single for this album. That’s mainly due to the fact that is is a solid summary piece for the album as a whole, showcasing exactly what the album is about while giving you a glimpse into what they’re all about. It also has a killer staccato riff bridge into some almost flamenco guitar work before climbing into a tapping solo of grand stature. “Caged In Stone” has more of a Thrash influence in it with some schizophrenic lyrics and some frantic riffs in the bands by this point signature style that have a timelessness to them and plats perfect partners with “Black Blood“. Mixing up the vocals on this one we are treated to some seriously Demonic uncleans against a backdrop of melody before a catchy chorus with cleaner vocals and solid hook. “Overlord” lifts from the Mosh n’ Roll sound into a cut about an all seeing, all knowing on looker that brings with it more punch, thought it does loose a little bit of its edge being just that little bit over long with an extra chorus in there.
“Reburied” has some Entombed moments in it, lyrically starring into an abyss of insanity as a reawakening of a traditional Thrash lyrical theme. It’s galloping latter half is brilliantly executed with a face melter of a solo before a closing bloodcurdling scream. A palm muted section followed by a scream that shows that the last one wasn’t a one off, “From The Skies” has more of a dirge laden groove to it before building into some punchier riffs. Brouwer sounds solid and self-assured, he doesn’t hide behind any introspective lyrics. There is the odd moment where the vocal is slightly strained as he switches into a deeper tone, that transition isn’t always as smooth as it could be and it stands out here. “Into The Devil’s Lair” closes the album in some style introducing some classic Metal with some Iron Maiden and Metallica esq riffs thrown into the melting pot as some of their influences appear very much on their collective sleeves. Brouwer demonstrates some excellent storytelling abilities and you can’t help but wonder with the diversity on this album, where TerraDown will go next [7.5/10]
02 May 2020 |
Although Terradown is a young player in the richly endowed field of metal music, they have been able to put themselves in the spotlight quite well. Which Dutch band without a longplayer in their pocket can say that they played at Wacken Open Air? Terradown can say so, as the winner of the Wacken Metal Battle Netherlands. The quintet has now finished the first long player. Judgment is released entirely in-house.
This disc consists of ten songs. Together they account for a rich fifty minutes of music. The opener "Statement", which can also be admired online in a great live version, is by far the longest track on Judgment with almost eight minutes. This is also the only track in the longer segment. "Break Your Chains" and "Overlord" are actually the only two tracks that don’t reach the four-minute mark.
Terradowns music can be found somewhere at the intersection of death and thrash metal. Lamb Of God seems to influence this quintet as well. This is strongly reflected in "Break Your Chains". Nick Brouwer's vocals show that well. In addition, in "Memories", there is also a link with Gojira. For this you also have to look at the excellent guitar work.
Opener "Statement" is more for the heavy, death metal side and is a bit unwieldy at times. Think of it as the waltz that is called death metal: relentlessly hard and so heavy that it cannot be touched. "Reburied" just pulls the thrash back up in Terradown with the tight riff work.
Judgment has become a metal record that a wide audience within this genre can enjoy. Enthusiasts of modern, death and thrash metal will be able to mosh their whole room into pieces during these corona times. Whoever talks about the future of metal in the Netherlands will certainly have to keep an eye on Terradown. Extremely tight debut!
27 April 2020 |
TerraDown: Healthy dose of groovy melodic death-/thrashmetal.....
TerraDown is a young and new band founded in November 2016. They are from the Netherlands and brings us a good portion of Groovy Melodic Death-/Thrash Metal.
TerraDown states, «On the 8th of May we’re ready to show the world months of hard work and release our debut album Judgement! The album is a judgement on this world and time. In which every individual may hear their own heart and may reflect themselves within the music. Set the volume to max and enjoy!».
Line-up: Nick Brouwewith vocal, Jasper Verhorst with lead guitar, Mark Link with rhythm guitar, Joris Koenraadt with bass, Dimmy Marcelissen with drums. The band have actually won two prices: Winner Dutch Metal Battle 2019 and winner Dutch Wacken Battle 2019.
TerraDown is influenced by the bands Amon Amarth, Avatar and Killswitch Engage, and they want to build their own genre with their diversity. Stated about the band by Tim Van Velthuysen, editor DutchMetalManiac, «Terradown is grooving and pounding very heavily and a huge amount of power is coming off of the stage. Of course, that isn’t only due to the better sound, but also due to Terradown themselves. Their groove metal brings a very nice and powerful vibe like it should with groove metal. That also makes that quite some physical energy starts moving, for as far as that wasn’t the case already, resulting in quite a lot of headbangers».
15 January 2020 |
As the winner of the Dutch Metal Battle, TerraDown may kick off the annual music party on the small stage. I enter during the second song Break Your Chains and see, and hear, a band that puts a lot of tempo changes in its music. It ranges from slow, dragging passages to blast beats and back to quiet acoustic interludes. As if there is not enough variation in the music, Nick Brouwer grunts and sings. Some riffs are technical in nature but still sound catchy, two things TerraDown knows how to combine well. When Caged In Stone is set in, the stage is jet black and the singer and guitarist are on a flight case. The lights slowly rise from behind the stage. It is an element that works well and where TerraDown shows good thought about such aspects. That cannot be said of the look of the band. Although good use is made of the stage, I wonder what the band wants to convey with his clothing style. Ultimately, however, it is about the music and it is more than good! This band deserves more than the courtesy applause that they receive as the opener of the evening.
4 January 2020 |
Hedon Zwaar Nieuwjaar 2020
TerraDown opens the festival on the small stage early in the evening. The winner of the Metal Battle does this in a thoughtful and well-kept manner. Guitar player Jasper Verhorst is the first to come onto the stage while playing. The rest follows. There is also a successful choreography in Memories, in which Jasper and guitarist Mark Link come to the front for one of their beautiful twin leads. That harmonious duality is one of the characteristics of the music of the melodic metal band. Because of the good sound, that quality is excellent, as in Into A Devil's Lair. TerraDown comes with a varied set, in which the technically arranged melodeathtrash swings (Break Your Chains), rocks (Caged In Stone) or pounds. There are also quiet passages, in which vocalist Nick Brouwer sings in a narrative manner. Elsewhere he uses his extreme vocals, the rhythm sometimes reminiscent of Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth). The fifty spectators are unfortunately passive and get no further than a modest applause, but that does not detract from the good performance of TerraDown.
21 September 2019 |
Baroeg Open Air 2019: new talent plays the field to shreds
The final band to perform on the talent stage is the winner of the Metal Battle: TerraDown. This group officially plays melodic groove metal. If you add a good portion of spices and invigoration to that, the description is somewhat correct. Musically TerraDown is rock solid. Hard, to the point, ripping, pounding, drumming, massive, in your face and yes, also melodic. You hear both black metal and pure blues mixed together and that mix works like a charm. Just check out a song like Masquerade. Those screeching guitars after the quiet intermediate: good for the foam on your beer! Clearly musicians who have become quite used to each other lately. The songs come in as grenades thrown with deadly precision and we happen to like that. Oh yes, you also have Nick Brouwer, a front man built entirely from quirky mutating cells. A nice boy who gives sweet old people a heart attack when he pulls open his tear. There should be less noise in the Zuiderpark? Then you have to impose a lifelong restraining order on this guy! Without a doubt one of the best performances of this day.
20 September 2019 |
Live review: Baroeg Open Air 2019 at Zuiderpark, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 14th, 2019
After the shows of Boskat and Hallowed Fire, the Dutch Metal Battle winning band Terradown is performing on the Talent Stage. Luckily the sound is way better compared to the sound during Hallowed Fire’s show. So, Terradown is grooving and pounding very heavily and a huge amount of power is coming off of the stage. Of course, that isn’t only due to the better sound, but also due to Terradown themselves. Their groove metal brings a very nice and powerful vibe like it should with groove metal. That also makes that quite some physical energy starts moving, for as far as that wasn’t the case already, resulting in quite a lot of headbangers. In addition to this very strong show, there’s something else standing out: the fact that frontman Nick Brouwer is appearing very self-assured. He carries this show in a very masterful way and clearly shows, together with the other members of Terradown of course, why Terradown won the Dutch Metal Battle.
27 July 2019 |
"Good morning, you don't say that as a band very often." While the first hundred visitors are welcomed at ten o'clock within the festival boundaries, TerraDown vocalist Nick Brouwer briefly addresses the early birds. The winner of the Dutch Wacken Metal Battle makes a very neat and skilful impression during the twenty minutes that the young quintet has been allocated. The melodic death metal comes tight out of the PA boxes and the extreme vocals are understandable. The memorable Memories contains beautiful twin lead guitar parts and Statement closes the set tightly. TerraDown shows itself a nice opening band of Stonehenge 2019.
Interview | Wacken Open Air | 2019
Watch our interview at Wacken Open Air 2019 in the video below!