30 Years Ago: HOLY TERROR record their debut LP Terror and Submission (faithful souls beware)

During this month in 1986, HOLY TERROR entered Skyline Studios to record their classic debut Terror and Submission. A promo/demo was spread earlier in the year to tape traders and zines. Coupled with members previously being in AGENT STEEL, DARK ANGEL and BLACK WIDOW (from Metal Massacre III), this was a highly anticipated record!

“Terror and Submission” was recorded at this studio located in the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California. The setting was beautiful. I can’t remember the name of the studio. Unfortunately the setting was so relaxed, that I am afraid the record shows the comfort we had there. “Terror and Submission” is too polished. We were much rawer then the album at our shows. Plus the studio engineer did not have any Thrash (or even Heavy Metal) experience. As a result the music sounds slower and more passive than we really wanted. Kurt wrote all of the songs except for one. I wrote the music and lyrics for ‘Tomorrow’s End’. I believe that Kurt had much of the music written even before HOLY TERROR was a band. “Mind Wars” was a completely different story. It was much more of a band collaboration even though Kurt wrote most of the music. Keith wrote lyrics for several of the songs including both songs that I wrote the music for. The music was much faster which mirrors our live shows. We recorded it at Music Grinder Studios in Hollywood. The studio was more state of the art, but the location was more commercial. We were very determined to produce a better record than the first. It’s not that we didn’t like “Terror and Submission”, it’s just we felt it didn’t adequately represent the band. We actually considered ourselves as a more diverse band then your average Thrash band.

– Mike Alvord / HOLY TERROR interview, Voices from the Darkside

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