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Review: 'Night Terror'
'Freak on The Inside'   

-  Genre: 'Punk/New Wave' -  Release Date: '18th December 2020'

Our Rating:
If you’re going to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition, 2020 is probably a good year to do it: after all, if feels like the apocalypse, the end of days, like there may be no tomorrow. Faced with that, the prospect that any day may be your last, what do you do? Park your arse on the sofa and binge-watch Netflix, of get your shit together and do something? For many, it seems that the former has been the default, and Facebook has been aclog with people’s records of TV watching and recommendations. Is this how it ends?

Not for Night Terror, who slams down a debut album at the tail-end of 2020 following some 1,800 hours of labour. After many years playing bass in various punk bands, as well as battling with various addictions, it was time to break out and channel everything – an accumulation of thirty-three years of experience – into a new project. And so Night Terror was born, channelling a lifetime of ‘depression, addiction, and love…to disgust with male chauvinists and the human virus that plagues this world.’ Add in the side-effects of medication for primary ciliary dyskinesia and dextrocardia (PCD) and you have the ingredients for a pretty intense electro-goth album.

While incorporating the majority of the now-standard genre trappings, with thudding beats and cold synths layered over dark, sequenced bass grooves and growling, baritone vocals that are dark and menacing, ‘Freak on The Inside’ stands apart by virtue of both its attention to detail and sheer quality. Alongside the bold synth strikes, there are nagging, interweaving lead lines that provide tension and texture, and the slightly murky production is in fact an asset, a welcome contrast to the overly-bright sound of so much technoindustrial, instead evoking the essence of the early 80s to strong effect. And while Night Terror’s influences are abundantly clear here, ‘Freak on The Inside’ succeeds in being a statement in its own right, rather than a straight-up identikit goth-by-numbers rip. This isn’t a tribute, this is the real deal.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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