Decibel Magazine is hosting the exclusive premiere of “Terminal Dispatch” – the new single from Danish hyperthrash outfit TERMINALIST – through a high-impact new video for the song. The searing track precedes the band’s impending debut album, The Great Acceleration, nearing May release through Indisciplinarian.
TERMINALIST’s The Great Acceleration offers a distinct slap of progressive thrash metal with a profound sci-fi concept delivering massively on both visceral and intellectual levels. The album was recorded and produced by Lasse Ballade (Konvent, Alkymist, Deiquisitor, Slægt, Orm) at Ballade Studios in Copenhagen during the summer of 2020, mastered by V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress) at Woodshed Studio in Germany, and completed with fascinating artwork created by Ryan T. Hancock.
The visual accompaniment to “Terminal Dispatch” was created by video director Johan von Bulöw. TERMINALIST lead vocalist, guitarist, and lyrical mastermind Emil Hansen offers, “Telling a story of aerial and technological advancement throughout the 20th century, ‘Terminal Dispatch’ chronicles a planet ravaged by these innovations in the 21st century. To escape the escalating crises, the advanced technology of modern warfare must now be used to launch mankind into outer space, leaving the dying planet behind to find refuge in the skies.”
Decibel writes with the video’s worldwide premiere, “We like fast music around these parts and TERMINALIST certainly fit that description. The Danish thrashers look to the genre classics and update them, incorporating blast beats, death growls, modern production and concepts based around the theory of speed, coming full circle on new album The Great Acceleration. Those who like to delve into concepts will find plenty on The Great Acceleration, including explorations of the duality of technology and the disasters that followed its invention.”
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The Great Acceleration will see release May 7th on LP (limited to 300 black and 100 red copies), cassette, and digital formats.
TERMINALIST recently announced a release show, which will take place on Stengade in their native Copenhagen, Denmark on May 8th with support from Throwe. Since Denmark has just gradually lifted its recent long enduring lockdown from May 6th, which includes letting music venues hold pandemic regulated shows once again, the clear hope is that the show will indeed go on, and the limited number of tickets for the release show are already sold out. Several more shows for late Summer and Fall are being planned.
9/08/2021 Stengade – Copenhagen, DK
The world is ruled by speed. Speed which drives history forward in a state of ever-increasing acceleration. Such is the central claim of dromology; a theory of speed originated by French philosopher Paul Virilio (1932-2018). It is on this premise that the new Danish-American sci-fi thrashers TERMINALIST base their conceptual universe. On The Great Acceleration, they bring the dromocratic philosophy together with their own science fiction narratives as they describe a world in crisis and a planet in collapse being abandoned in favor of colonization of space.
TERMINALIST formed in 2018 and debuted a year later with the Abandon All Liberties EP, followed in 2020 by the “Voyagers” single. The four-man band harkens back to the traditional and technical thrash metal of the late 1980s, bringing it up to date by fusing it with black metal blast beats, death metal growls, and grandiose prog rock concepts. The result is modern in its concoction, yet retro in its appeal; a style the band itself has dubbed hyperthrash.
TERMINALIST uses the lens of dromology to describe the duality of technology and investigate Virilio’s thesis that the invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck; continuing the thrash metal tradition of political criticism and pessimism about the future. Yet, the band’s output fits in among a new generation of metal bands using the genre’s monstrous sounds to illustrate the downfall of modern society in favor of something new and unknown. This is conveyed in a sound which is fast and aggressive, melodic, and dynamic; catchy yet technical.