BY: TJ Fowler
Available: April 4th, 2014
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Ah…Finland’s new Thrash metal favorites Lost Society has a new album on the way called ‘Terror Hungry’. Coming off the positive reception of their debut album ‘Fast, Loud, Death’ the guys of Lost Society have a bit of a reputation to maintain as the debut album was truly a breath of fresh air and a kick in the face for metal fans. It was energetic, fast, catchy and a fun record to listen to. So now we get to see how ‘Terror Hungry’ stands next to the great ‘Fast, Loud, Death’. So how was this sophomore effort from the boys of Finland…well…it certainly isn’t for the faint of heart.
‘Terror Hungry’ to me sounds like a bit of more mature approach musically than ‘Fast, Loud, Death’ was. By saying that I mean the mood of the music here sounds a bit more ominous and sinister as opposed to the debut album. The band is known for having a sense of humor with their songs something I kind of associated with how Anthrax was with their songs in the 80’s and 90’s and on ‘Terror Hungry’ it seems like the humor is toned down a bit in favor of a darker sounding album which to me I tend to like a bit more…even the album artwork looks more horror themed.
Song titles also will be a clue as to what the band is writing about…take away titles like ‘Piss Out My Ass’ and ‘Toxic Avenger’ and add in songs titles like ‘Terror Hungry’ and ‘Lethal Pleasure’ and you are left with the idea that the subject matter of the songs might be a little more serious. Don’t be mistaken however there is still the classic Lost Society humor found on the album it is just there are more songs that are darker than on the previous album.
As for the songs themselves, they are good for the most part. I especially liked the title track, ‘Terror Hungry’ as it has a really catchy riff and should be great live as well as the song ‘Brewtal Awakening’ which is a bit of a slower intro than you would normally hear from this band, which brings me to the one of the issues I do have of the album. I know the band is known for break neck speed but they are also known for crafting the speed with some catchy riffs…and the album does have those riffs but I feel the band got super excited and REALLY pushed the pedal to the medal and went warp 10 in the speed department. As a result I felt some of the songs kind of suffered a bit and lost a little identity for the sake of speed. Then again maybe I’m just an old dude that can’t keep up.
Don’t mistake my one negative remark as a reason to pass up ‘Terror Hungry’ though. It is a solid album from a group of very talented guys and if you are a speed freak you will eat this up like Rick James snorting ten lines of cocaine in the morning to wake up. So if you are hungry for some speed thrash metal then ‘Terror Hungry’ will be the food you need.