........And here is a write up on the band by Christine Natanael that I also kept in my archives (aka: 20 yr. old filing cabinet with more dents in it than a storm door after a hurricane, yuk, yuk, yuk). Sorry if this piece is a little hard to read, mother nature can be a real bitch sometimes.

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Here is a review of TERROR AND SUBMISSION from the CROSS OF IRON FANZINE Volume I, Number 1 (Part #2) May-June 1988 (c)1988 cDc.

HOLY TERROR: Terror & Submission (Music For Nations) Decrepit Monarx Firstborn ^^^^^^ fucking long name

Following his angry departure from AGENT STEEL, guitarist Kurt Kilifelt has formed HOLY TERROR, a five piece out of LA. Terror & Submission is their debut LP. Dark and evil sounds introduce "Black Plague", the first track. "Plague" is tight and very clean, considering its rapid power. The solos display the finger talents of not only Kilifelt but also of his six string cohort, Mike Alvord. Drummer Joe Mitchell kix tail during the slow(er) section, while bassist Floyd Flannery can be heard from a bit more. The follow-up tune, "Evil's Rising", sets off with strong imagery, the music slowly building as evil emerges from the bowels of the earth, finally culminating as the music kix off with a cymbal ride and a guitar slide. "Rising" shows vocalist Keith Dean in great form, displaying more variety than in "Plague" and helping the chorus truly stand out. What comes around comes around, and "Rising" ends as it began with a strong image of its lyrics as evil conquers all, finally and brutally. The third song, "Blood Of The Saints", begins with an instrumental bit, at first slow and grinding, then fast and frantic. The main body of "Blood" is a straight forward thrash charge, to which the background to the solo slightly contrasts with good effect. "Mortal Fear" is next in line and is more romping speed until after the second chorus and things become more melodic, including some bass lines which finally shine through the mix and a killer guitar solo. Closing out the first side is "Guardians Of The Netherworld", a pounding, march-like anthem with a rousing chorus where, as in "Fear", the coming and going of the backup vocals form a strong sound. Side two opens up with the "Distant Calling", a more accessible tune with several good riffs. The harshness in Dean's voice is toned down a degree. Following the relatively short "Calling" comes the LP's title track, "Terror & Submission". This track is deadly with guitars hitting sudden high notes amidst the multitude of highly charged riffing. The muffled voices introducing the solo add tremendous effect and the scales leading up to the end close out "T&S" with a crunch. Beginning with leery, mysterious guitar, "Tomorrow's End" is the fastest song on the album until it reaches the jittery, nerve-racking bridge to set you up for Mike and Kurt's blinding-speed solos. Closing out Terror & Submission is the intensely rhythmic "Alpha Omega, The Bringer Of Balance" whose stop and go will make you do nothing but go until you stop -- dead. 

Here is a review of the bands 1986 demo and TERROR AND SUBMISSION by Bernard Doe from Metal Forces. Thanx to Sylvain Moisan for these submissions. Check out his site The Metal Files. There is a ton of important information on here and reviews of a lot of classic metal bands. Thanx Sylvain!!!

HOLY TERROR - demo 1986
(Reviewed by Bernard Doe, Metal Forces No.17, 1986)

HOLY TERROR is the band put together by lead guitarist Kurt Kilfelt following his split from AGENT STEEL last year. Joining Kurt are vocalist Keith Deen, lead guitarist Mike Alvord, bassist Floyd Flanary (ex-THRUST) and drummer Jack Schwartz (ex-DARK ANGEL).

The tape opens with a weird intro entitled "Blessed Sacrament" which blasts its way into the first track proper "Black Plague" and as you would expect the music is blatant speed metal which at times - espacially on this first EXODUS inspired track - ventures into thrash territory.

The L.A. based band also put a lot of emphasis on mixing melody with power and this is best observed on "Distant Calling" where vocalist Keith Deen puts in a dynamic performance helping to give HOLY TERROR a distinctive sound.

"Guardians Of The Netherworld", the final number, is a little less frantic but still packs a menacing punch and ends the tape in fine style.

Holy Terror

(Reviewed by Bernard Doe, Metal Forces No.23, 1987)

Yet another "Demolition" rave (MF 17) makes it onto vynil and again the band delivers the goods. HOLY TERROR's ability to mix exciting fast powerful riffing with an intelligent use of melody is enhanced to the max on this superb debut release.

It would be pointless to try and highlight any particular cut, because every track on this album is there on its own merit and there certainly aren't any "fillers" to be found anywhere. Though if I did have to pick a track then it would probably be "Distant Calling" which is worth the price of the album alone. A totally superb execution of power and melody complimented by a dynamic vocal performance.

If you like your speed metal with a lot of class then buy this album, because that's what HOLY TERROR are - pure class.

Rating: 98/100

Here's a little press release for TERROR AND SUBMISSION from Aardschok America June 1987. Not too much here, but still vintage and very cool. Thanx to Jeff Uberti from Hellmouth for digging this up for the site. When I finished scanning this, I went to pull the magazine out of the scanner and ripped the page. I expect to be thoroughly beaten for this act of malicious negligence, sorry Jeff:-(

Holy Terror

The Friendly Folks at Terrorizer U.K. sent me this piece from their publication. As you can see it is unfortunately unreadable.......Sorry. I still thought it would be cool to post up regardless.

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