Danish metal quartet Terminalist are preparing to release their debut album, ‘The Great Acceleration’ that combines progressive thrash metal with a profound sci-fi concept. Speaking about their latest single ‘Terminal Dispatch’, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Emil Hansen had this to say:
“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.”
To celebrate the release of ‘The Great Acceleration’, we had a chat with Emil about a bunch of great bands that have influenced Terminalist.
It’s no secret that American sci-fi prog-thrashers Vektor are a significant influence on us, musically. Our name is even partly derived from their seminal album ‘Terminal Redux’ which, to me personally, was a revelation on how to play a kind of progressive and expansive thrash that stays in touch with the tradition from the 1980’s while also incorporating enough outside elements to be modern and boundary-pushing. I’d still say we differ in sound and groove, but the similarities are obvious.
Death were pioneers in so many ways and while I don’t listen to them as often, their mix of technicality, complexity, and straight-forward brutality is still a source of inspiration. Actually, a guitar harmonization part for our track ‘Dromocracy’ came about after I had jammed to ‘Spirit Crusher’ from their excellent – and sadly, last – album ‘The Sound of Perseverance’.
Often overlooked in the thrash canon from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s are Swiss trio Coroner, who escaped my own attention for many years. While their sound is not as versatile as other bands’ from the era, their technical skills exceeded those of their contemporaries, paving the way for later technical and progressive metal.
The lyrical themes of science fiction, messianic robots, powerful vehicles and, most importantly, speed pretty much all derive from Judas Priest. Bridging the gap between early 20th century futurists and the heavy metal realm, Priest is probably the quintessential modernist band in metal. We have a couple of Priest-like riffs here and there and our song ‘Biomachinic Intelligence’ can be seen as our version of an ‘Electric Eye’.
This might seem like an odd choice, but Unto Others’ (formerly Idle Hands) enticing blend of gothic rock and NWOBHM-tendencies with lots of “urgh!”-outbursts inspired the songwriting process of this record, too. We have a track called ‘Estranged Reflection’ which explores this chorus-tinged sound and goth-flavoured mood a bit closer, mixing it up with some riff-heavy thrashing. To find out whether this combination works, you’ll have to listen to the record when it comes out!
Terminalist‘s new album ‘The Great Acceleration’ is out on May 7th and you can pre-order the album online from record label Indisciplinarian‘s official store (here).