Terzij De Horde, "A Rage of Rapture Against the Dying of the Light"

Note: This was originally written for a different website, one that no longer exists, so I'm posting it here.

This Dutch band, which previously existed under the moniker Liar Liar Cross on Fire, has burst onto the post-black metal “scene” with this EP, its debut recording under this name. (Liar Liar Cross on Fire released a demo in 2008 called “Exposed, Barren and Often Windswept,” which, while decent, doesn’t come near the quality of the Terzij De Horde material.) There is quite a lot going on here, as there are clearly a number of prominent musical influences that produces this band’s sound. Terzij De Horde don’t exactly sound unique, but there’s something unmistakably TDH about the music on this 4-song EP, which combines black metal, post-hardcore, post-rock, sludge, and even screamo to get what we hear on songs like “Vertigo - the Mithraic Ritual” and “The Roots of Doomsday Anxiety.”

If I had to sum up the feeling that this record communicates in one word, I would use the word “tension.” The tension builds during each song, and even across songs, and you can tell that these guys mean business. The passion is impossible to question, and it’s made even more glorious by the fact that this is intelligent music, almost touching on the avant-garde at times. Terzij De Horde are said to be influenced by a great many philosophers and poets; they lyrics to these songs, when read without the accompanying music, make rather good poetry. It could also be noted that the lyrics to one of Liar Liar Cross on Fire’s songs (“The Kraken”) is actually a poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson.

My only complaint about the record is that the tension that builds never really lets go. Every time I listen to it, I expect for the pressure to finally release, for waves of unbridled emotion to come cascading down upon me, but it never really happens. One is left feeling that the record is rather incomplete; I often tell myself that if it were a full-length, then this minor issue could be worked out. Even on the final track, “Non Timetis Messor,” when it seems like the band is consciously trying to wrap it up and leave the listeners ears in a state of total disarray, the climax never arrives.

Still, this is a somewhat minor issue, especially considering it’s the band first release.  The songs stand up to repeated listens and even keep me coming back for more. It’s an interesting listen, and I’ve found new things almost every time.

For more info, or to buy a CD, go to the band’s myspace.

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