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Terror Garden - Karma & Chaos

Terror Garen
Karma & Chaos
by Craig Rider at 29 September 2019, 6:07 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: TERROR GARDEN; unsigned/independent, hailing from the United States of America - performing Hard Rock/Metal, on their 2nd album entitled: "Karma & Chaos" (released May 25th, 2018).

Since their inception in 2010; the quintet in question have released their debut album entitled "Specimen Cup" on October 12th, 2015 & this here sophomoric unleashing entitled: "Karma & Chaos" which I am introduced to. 8 tracks ranging at around 32:28; TERROR GARDEN arrange an intricately designed formula of heavy-hitting Hard Rock/Metal amalgamations. "Selfie Queen" begins the record; conveying amplified adrenaline, boistrously bouncy crunchiness & a frolicking barrage of chugging grooves fuelled with flamboyantly concrete gnarliness. Implementing a humorous element of comedic conceptions of a modernized lifestyle from a social media maniac, embellishing on concrete grit & experimental versatility that ultilizes uniquely vehement songwriting technicalities.

Consisting of Paul Terror on lead vocals; the frontman demonstrates a clean flair of rawly rough pipes, high-pitched lungs of meticulous manifestion & screaming snappiness. "Reality Check" quintessentially quakes with momentous quirks that primitively packs a punchy ramification to it, Johnny Wildchild on guitar/vocals distributes a blistering fretwork of complexly dynamic riffs with seamlessly sonic solos that thunder with profusely robust substance & organic variety. Mike de Gruchy also on guitars/vocals rivets with relentless subtlety; songs like "Deep" showcase catchy embodiments of hasty hooks, monstrously meaty nimbleness & rapidly swift solidities. Crafting consistently frantic foundations of borderline harmonic finesse, thick rhythms & rambunctiously potent vibrancy.

Powerhouse drummer Gee batters & hammers his set with virtuosic distinction; diligently engaged on detailed forges of immersive jumpiness, "One More Line" juxtaposes rip-roaring shreds with straightforward tradition. Trailblazed with old-school sounding tempos transistioned with razor-sharp stability, and an adroitly creative combustion of lacerating orchestration while the lyrical knack mentions the uncertainty of addictions & drug related uses - uniting a wailing soundscape of 80s-esquire influences, as audible bassist Tony Cianciotto pulsates with venomous pursuits of throbbing thumps & stompy precision. "Put Me On The Guestlist" captivates with more memorable dexterity, culminated with distinguished contrast and excelling executions - telling the story of every gig goer, reminds me of myself!

"Emotionless" captures aforementioned characteristics; compiling anthemic chaos describing a rocking metalhead's typical lifestyle, revolved with hybrid dimensions & ballad-esquire moods that's like a noticeably sombre slab of tension - an appealling yet striking track. The penultimate song: "Out Of My Head" brings acoustic sublimity to the mix; merging upbeat progressions, while trading melancholic styles with weighty musicianship & wildly rushing mayhem - a fun and diverse belter for sure. Overall concluding "Karma & Chaos" with the epic finale: "Shut Up And Buy Me A Drink"; in which portrays the persevering drama everyone has to endure on certain nights out, I am compelled to say that TERROR GARDEN certainly outdone themselves here - a full-throttle slab of salubriously zestful subjugation and biligerence.

Bottom line; TERROR GARDEN has a lot of constructively elegant enjoyability, and are definitely worth the listen. "Karma & Chaos" is exactly what it says on the tin… an entertaining experience - check it out.

Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 8
Originality: 8
Sound Production: 7

4 Star Rating

1. Selfie Queen
2. Reality Check
3. Deep
4. One More Line
5. Put Me On The Guestlist
6. Emotionless
7. Out Of My Head
8. Shut Up And Buy Me A Drink
Paul Terror - Lead Vocals
Johnny Wildchild - Guitar/Vocals
Gee - Drums
Tony Cianciotto - Bass/Vocals (since April 2014)
Mike de Gruchy - Guitar/Vocals (since February 2017)
Record Label: Independent


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