This past May, Danish hyperthrash quartet TERMINALIST released their debut album ‘The Great Acceleration’ – an ambitious outburst of sci-fi laden aggressive and progressive metal working within the conceptual framework of dromology, a theory of speed as proposed by the French thinker Paul Virilio. After videos for the initial two singles, the band has once again created a visual companion to their music alongside director Johan Von Bülow, this time as a close up performance video for the album track ‘Estranged Reflection’. Lead singer and guitarist Emil Hansen states on the video:
Where the narrative on ‘The Great Acceleration’ is about venturing further out into space, much like the billionaires of our time, the visuals for the album have taken the opposite direction: We started off in macro perspective on ‘Relentless Alteration’, descended onto Earth on ‘Terminal Dispatch’ and now, on ‘Estranged Reflection’, we conclude the journey in our rehearsal space where the album was written.
Terminalist has just been confirmed for the prestigious Danish showcase festival SPOT Festival in Aarhus on Sept 17th and also a headliner gig at Pumpehuset, Copenhagen on Sept 23rd alongside DK sludgers Dirt Forge and Dying Hydra. But before hitting the fall dates, the band will play a free pandemic regulated outdoor show at Byhaven Pumpehuset, Coepnhagen on August 7th alongside tech death act Mother Of All. More shows in both Denmark and abroad are being planned and to be announced in the coming months.
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 their debut album ‘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 EP ‘Abandon All Liberties’, followed in 2020 by the single Voyagers. The four-man band harken back to the traditional and technical thrash metal of the late 1980’s, 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 use 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, Terminalist fit 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.
‘The Great Acceleration’ 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 the artwork is created by Ryan T. Hancock. The album was released on May 7, 2021 on vinyl, tape and digital formats via Indisciplinarian and the vinyl versions limited to 300 black and 100 red copies are available via Indisciplinarian’s webshop HERE
TERMINALIST live 2021
07.08.21 – Copenhagen, Byhaven Pumpehuset (DK) w/ Mother Of All
17.09.21 – Aarhus, Train, Spot Festival (DK)
23.09.21 – Copenhagen, Pumpehuset (DK) w/ Dirt Forge & Dying Hydra
‘The Great Acceleration’ Track List:
- Relentless Alteration
- Terminal Dispatch
- Invention of the Shipwreck
- Estranged Reflection