Dec 24, 2005
TERRORZONE "self realization: a true lesson in hardcore"
In 1994 when I first heard NYHC band Bulldoze I seriously thought it was some of the heaviest shit out there. I don't know if they are the originators of beatdown hardcore or not, but when I think back they pop into my mind first. I remember going to NJ shows back then and it seemed like half of the crowd would have Bulldoze shirts on sporting "nothing but a beatdown" across the back. Needless to say I was intrigued. I picked up their first 7" and fell in love (which i still own, and no it's not for sale!).
I didn't get to see them live back at this time because I moved out of central PA to North Western PA (Erie) and that area at the time was pretty much out of the loop of the whole NYC/NJ/Eastern PA hardcore scene. Rumors flew about the demise of Bulldoze and the incarceration of lead singer Kev-one. I'm not really sure where Terrorzone fit into the picture amidst all of this. I had heard it featured Kev-one on vocals and was dying to hear it. It wasn't until many years later that I was finally able to find a used copy with a damaged insert and tray but I bought it anyway. I was fucking stoked.
Terrorzone featured Kev-one on vocals who was well known for Bulldoze, as well as Jerry who was from a PAHC band called SWAT. Rumor has it that Jerry dicked over Kev-one while he was in jail but I won't speculate on that because I don't really know anything about the situation. Another name that I recognize is Phat Pat on guitar who later went on to be in Nothing Left To Mourn who are a really good NJ band. I'm not sure how active they are because I haven't heard much over the past year. Terrorzone had a 7" which was released on Eyeball Records (oddly enough, label went in a very different direction later on) and the CDep featured here on European label Gain Ground.
Terrorzone were also one of those NY bands that were insanely brutal but still had a lot of references to Krishna Consciousness in their artwork etc... I'm not really sure how far the connection goes but it's there. I tried to track down a few of the guys from the band and fire off some questions but I have yet to hear back from anyone. Maybe if anyone else has more info on the life of this band that would be awesome if you could share it.
I had the privilege of seeing Bulldoze last year at the Super Bowl of Hardcore in NY. That dude (Kev-one) just wants total carnage when they play. The dance floor was some of the most insane chaos I've seen for a bit. It was wild man. And the whole time he's just calling everyone "pussies" and that he wants it crazier. Member's of the Hell's Angels motorcycle club were on stage and in the pit alongside DMS members, straight edge kids, and anyone else who had the balls to step out. I was feeling it man. And if you like Bulldoze you'll definitely appreciated the 5 tracks featured here. I think the intro has about 25 different beatdown parts and it all flows really nice. I like the simplicity in this CD but the songs are still all memorable and unique. Enjoy your Christmas present from good ol' EMS.
1. Dead Calm (intro)
2. In Mind
3. Self Realization
4. Killing Need
5. Lord of Wrath
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