After reviewing Terror's latest record and seeing them on tour with Ignite and Death Before Dishonor twice, it was time for me to put some question together for this hardworking hardcore band from Los Angeles. Vocalist Scott Vogel was kind enough to answer these questions.
How are you guys doing?
'Doing well... Home for a break off the road... catching up on normal life.'
For the non-hardcore readers, who don’t know you: could you introduce yourself and the band?
'I'm Scott... Vocals for the band Terror... We're based out of LA and we play fast, pissed off, in your face hardcore!'
You guys just released The Damned, The Shamed, how are the reactions so far?
'It's only been out for a week, but it seems to be going over well. There are some new things on this record that people seem to like. It's fresh and stuff, so I'm sure people have to get used to those elements, but all in all I think the record came out great.'
The album is typically Terror, but besides that there are also some conspicuous parts on it, like in ‘Betrayer’. Whose idea was it and can we expect more of that on future tracks?
'We didn't really have a plan, we just wrote music that felt good and right. We def don't want to keep writing the same songs for the same record. Expand and build, but always off the Terror foundation. The future will produce whatever comes out of us. So anything is possible.'
When you look back now, is there something you would have done different, if you had the possibility to do it all over again?
'My life... yes... many things... The record... no, not really. I'm still backing it 100 percent.'
During the last tour throughout Europe with Ignite and Death Before Dishonor amongst others, you guys didn’t play songs from The Damned, The Shamed. Why didn’t you play for example ‘Relentless Through And Through’? The song was already audible on your MySpace.
'We did play a song off the record... Let me think... We had a very short set time and could only put in one new song. That's the one we felt we wanted to play. Next time, many new songs will be played my friend.'
Is touring in Europe in general much different from touring in the USA?
'There are several differences, but it's always the same anywhere you go in the world. The most important thing is the energy and the vibe. A lot of that comes down to your attitude going in. You've got to be thankful to the people involved in the tour and the kids that come out. It all starts with that.'
Prior to the release of it, most albums are already downloadable. What’s your opinion about downloading music? Do you see it as stealing or just as free promotion?
'Stealing is a stong word, but yes. It is stealing, but it is what it is. I just get really bummed that no one gets the lyrics and art and photos; the total package. That really dumbs down underground music to me and thats sad.'
What are the steps in your career that you are the most proud of?
'Staying together long enough through all the bullshit, to pt out so many records and tour the world so many times.'
What can we expect from Terror in the nearby future?
'A lot of shows to support the new release. That's really all that we're gearing up for now.
Every band probably has its own fan site, but in my opinion Terror has the most remarkable one; vogelisms.com. I presume you’re familiar with it, so what is your opinion about this site?
'Kinda corny... Kinda cool...'
Do you have something to add to this interview or maybe something to say to our readers?
Check out new bands like Bitter End, Trapped Under Ice, Iron Age, Death Before Dishonor and respect the classics like Warzone, Madball Agnostic Front and Judge!'