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Scott Vogel Breaks Down Terror’s ‘The 25th Hour’ Track by Track

Terror has carved out their place as one of the biggest American bands most people haven’t heard of through relentless touring, kinetic live shows, and honest, aggressive records for well over a decade. With the release of their new LP, The 25th Hour, their legendary front man Scott Vogel took extra care wording his anthems. In an interview for a longer feature to come, he mentioned repeatedly that this album would be angrier, in the face of the stark times we’re all mired in, while still retaining the resilient message that draws so many to the band. Below are thoughts from the man himself on his words. Scott Vogel’s take on Scott Vogel.

Terror The 25th Hour Album Cover
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1) “The 25th Hour

Humanity is racing to the end. We are using and abusing ourselves and everything around us on planet earth; burning the candle at both ends just to get what we think we need. But when it all crashes down on you in the 25th hour, what matters most is already lost.

When the pressure drops
And the stakes are high
A minute to prey
A second to die
The Twenty Fifth Hour strikes

2) “No Time For Fools

This thing of ours called “hardcore” was built from nothing. The meaning, the message, the community, and spirit is ours and something to be proud of. It’s something most will never understand, and they can’t touch or distort if we don’t let them. I love many forms of music, but nothing makes me feel as alive and free like hardcore does.

Born on the wrong side
Yet we choose to remain
You know we built this
Brick by brick
Hand over fist

No time
No time for fools
Ain’t got no time
No time for fools

Now they try to sell it
They’ve erased the name
You know who you are
I hope you choke on your fame

No time
No time for fools
Ain’t got no time
No time for you

I watch them come, I watch them go
I see through you, you’ve been exposed
I’m looking you in the eye
No time for fools

I’m talking to you
No time for fools

3) “Bad Signs

This one is about seeing all the warning signs laid out right in front of you and walking straight into the fire again and again. Knowing what you are doing is destructive, but just not giving a fuck. Watching the ones you love be pushed away time and time again and never looking back.

Dirty deeds, keep calling me
The bad signs, never kept me away
Built up these walls, fuck them all
I tried to change, I’m exactly the same
Tried to beat it, the walls were too strong
Tried to run, but you always return
To that place, that gave you that sting
Feel the separation
Now you only fear, the cheap thrill is gone
Tried to cheat it, you lost
Hands tied
Can’t reach for the cure
Can’t stay away
Until they’re destroyed
Dirty deeds, keep calling me
The bad signs, never kept me away
Built up these walls, fuck them all
I tried to change, I’m still the same
Can’t see the life you wanted to live
Can’t find the answers, the missing pieces
Can’t feel the love that you’ve thrown away
You are the one, close to the fucking blade

4) “Feed The Rats

Some in this world take and take and give nothing back. They are leaches that have no spine or soul. They are the first to run in troubled times and come running back when things get better. They are so quick to judge. We all know people like this. We all have one in our circle. This is about eliminating them.

A reality check

Keep listening to that garbage
And calling it this
Begging for acceptance
You make me sick

It’s all I see
Heartless, worthless
You’re the fucking disease
It’s all I see
Quit living that lie
Check your reality

For the year you’re here
You judge of everything
Let’s feed the rats
And weed out the weak

It’s all I see
Mindless, worthless
You’re a fucking disease
It’s all I see
Quit living that lie
Check your reality

5) “The Solution

Children growing up in violent, dysfunctional homes are taught to strike back and lash out. They soon grown with the tools they have been given and start a family of their own, full of anger and rage, and the cycle continues. We live in an ugly world, and we are to blame until we start breaking these chains.

Took thrill in your pain
Your youth was destroyed
And nothing’s the same
So much anger
So deep inside
I can’t see no wrong from right

You can’t break the chains
Damaged goods
For you it’s too late
Don’t turn your back
Don’t look away
The hurt is real
There will be pain

Violence solving everything
Now you smile, watching what you loved die
Violence solving everything
Waiting for your turn to feel the knife

Begging for retribution
The solution

The hunt and the prey
Your mind is consumed with destruction and hate
Don’t want to be loved, don’t want to recover
So much pleasure
Watching them suffer

Violence solving everything
Now you smile, watching what you loved die
Violence solving everything
Waiting for your turn to feel the knife

I feel so alone
Or is this feeling nothing at all?
Damned to repeat this pain
Look what you’ve done to me

6) “Blinded By The Lights

It’s hard to put your faith and belief in your peers because it often comes back to bite you with disappointment and regret. Sometimes you wonder, “Did I ever really know this person? Because I don’t see the person now that I thought I knew.” People will walk their own path and have to learn from their own life lessons, and you yourself have to go your own way. Expectations are often not met.

I saw myself in you
All of you
But that glimmer of hope
You shut it down
Same old story
A taste of glory
Can you face yourself
After you face the crowd?

Blinded by the light
It’s got you twisted around
Blinded, blinded by the lights
It’s going to burn you down

Knock down the ones who believed
My revenge is when you descend
No, I don’t give a fuck what you call it
I’m moving on, you’ll never get it

Blinded, blinded by the lights
It’s got you twisted around
Blinded, blinded by the lights
It’s going to burn you down
My revenge is when you descend

No leeway, no compromise
Weak motherfuckers like you I despise
When I see you, I wanna cut you down
I wanna cut you down, just like you shut me out
Now you’re on your own

7) “Trust No Face” ft. Ben Cook

Hope can be a scary thing. It’s what you hold onto to get you through the worst of times. But when the changes you so badly work and pray for never come, you are left hanging your head wondering why life is so unfair. This song is about taking back the power into your own hands and forging ahead with a will that you find in yourself, not needing an outside force to call out to.

Trust no face
Or disguise
I’m not leaving, no compromise

Screaming out
But nothing helps
You push on to survive
Better days never came
It’s eating you alive

Screaming out
But nothing helps
You push on to survive
Better days never came
It’s eating you alive

Push on, push on
I’ve seen better days
Break away

Take by force
Take what’s yours
Violent thoughts
Like a storm
Every day
No remorse

8) “Why?

This song is about questioning. People. Ethics. The scene and the motives that carry us. When you stop being blind and start questioning, the answers are plan to see.

On your own two-faced trip
It means fucking nothing
WHY ARE YOU HERE?

You leech off the energy
Let me ask you something
WHY ARE YOU HERE?

WHY?

I’ve got no answers
But I know about you
WHY ARE YOU HERE?

We’re looking straight at you
Straight through you
But you’re still here

WHY ARE YOU HERE?

9) “Mind At War

Letting your thoughts and fears control you will destroy you. Living in your past mistakes and stressing over your future destroys the time you have now. Being consumed by the ills of society and letting it fill our head to the point of being afraid to live – all of our minds are at war.

There’s conflict
Surrounding me
Within myself
And on these streets
Everywhere I look
Disease spreads
My mind at war
Begins again

There’s war inside my head
There’s war out on these streets
There’s war between wrong and right
Now there’s war between you and me

Caught in my thoughts
Just damaging
Exterminate
My suffering

There’s war inside my head
There’s war out on these streets
There’s war between wrong and right
Now there’s war between you and me

My mind’s at war again
Tell me how I can win
I’m feeling paralyzed
Trapped in the lows and highs

Mind at war

10) “Snap

I was arrested for something really petty and stupid last year. Sure, I was breaking the “law,” but I don’t think it warranted going to prison. Looking back at the way it went down made me write this song. Authority is something that is abused and maybe shouldn’t be trusted.

I see the cracks written all over you
Nothing here is making sense
Just another no run for cover
Won’t let you get inside my head

NEVER explain yourself
They don’t deserve it
NEVER fold under pressure
They set the trap for you to snap

Trying so hard to cross up my words
Always looking for a reason to make me sink
People always throwing their opinions around
But you won’t get the drop on me

NEVER explain yourself
They don’t deserve it
NEVER fold under the pressure
They set the trap for you to snap

You best believe they are the enemy
Setting you up to sink like stone
Hold fast
Mindset
Don’t let them—
Don’t let them break you

11) “Sick And Tired

This is just a look at the hardcore scene in kind of a goofy-yet-very-straightforward way saying, “This thing is amazing and beautiful, let’s not ruin it with ego, status, competition, and violence.”

Everybody’s in a band, you’re not that fucking cool
Yeah, we’re looking at you, ’cause you look like a fool
The shit you say, the way you act
You’re really not that tough
Wait and see what happens when we’ve finally had enough of your games

All your lies
Enough’s enough
So sick and tired
Your empty words
No more fake smiles
Enough’s enough
So sick and tired
Sick and tired

Fuck record sales and all that nonsense
You wanna be a rock star go do it someplace else
Senseless fucking violence, competition bullshit
You’re killing something beautiful
When you gonna quit your games?

All your lies
Enough’s enough
So sick and tired
Your empty words
No more fake smiles
Enough’s enough
So sick and tired
Sick and tired
Sick and tired
Sick and tired
Sick and tired

12) “Life Goes On

Relationships are tough. Sometimes two people just don’t fit together no matter how hard you try to make it fit. Your heart tells you one thing, yet your head something else. Living in a poisonous relationship can crush your soul—sometimes you just gotta let go and move on.

Say I got a problem with everything
Can’t see this clear and I won’t change
It’s been dragging me down for so long
The only thing left is for me to walk

Life goes on
With or without you
I’m not sorry
I doubted you

Lost hope, it’s broke
What do you want to hear me say?
You are the one that never bothered
I’m set free by turning away

Life goes on
Without you
I’m not sorry
I doubted you

Keep asking yourself
What went wrong
I’m already gone
Still asking yourself
What went wrong
I’m too far gone

Too many times you said get lost
Well now it’s happening
This time it’s happening
Too many times you said fuck off
I regret our paths ever crossed

13) “Both Of You

This is one of the most personal songs I have ever written and it makes sad every time I hear it. This is about my life growing up with my two parents and the distance that has grown between us.

I’ve done my best, my best to prove
That I never needed you
Since that day you threw me away
I haven’t asked you for a thing
I found the road to forget those times
To never return, and leave it all behind
I am the product of so much rage
I can’t escape what you made me

I am the bastard son
Loved by no one
You both threw me away
This distance is killing me

Went south to start your new life
I was just a boy, how could you leave me behind?
Those early days you were my everything
So now I trust no one, keep them away from me

I am the bastard son
Loved by no one
You both threw me away
This distance is killing me

I’ve got your name
I’ve got your blood
But I don’t have
Your fucking love

14) “Deep Rooted

When I found HC, I knew it was something that was special to me. I embraced it so hard. All I cared about was shows and records and lyrics and learning the history and growing. Here I am, many years later with my life and friendships and values still based on what I found back then. There has never been another plan for me, and that’s just the way I like it.

Late nights at the speed of my life
This is how it was meant for me
Deep roots
Deep rooted
Deep rooted
Deep, deep roots
There has never been another plan for me
No one else has ever understood my pain
For 41 years—I still remain
Still screaming what I heard in ’89
The rebirth of hardcore pride
Deep roots
Deep rooted
Deep rooted
Deep, deep roots
There has never been another plan for me
Some drift away, grow up, and change
But this is where I wanna be
A better man I know I have been
One promise I can keep
Frustration every day
I will not fall
I won’t run away
You showed me a better way
A place to breathe where I can feel
Deep roots
Late nights at the speed of my life
There has never been another plan for me

***

Terror’s new album, The 25th Hour, is out August 7. Pre-order available now through Victory Records.

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