If you live your life like music stopped after the first three DISCHARGE EPs - Realities of War, Fight Back and Decontrol then this debut five track EP from REGIMEN DE TERROR is a must. It has the intensity, passion and authentic sound like it was recorded in 1979 in four hours in a cheap studio in Stoke on Trent. A barebones recording with a clear debt to MG-15, SUBVERSION and EU’S ARSE in full opposition of over produced modern D-Beat.
Our take: I was just writing about how Pittsburgh’s Peace Talks sound modern and un-stylized… well, this 7” from Régimen de Terror is the complete opposite of that. It’s like they’re trying to convince us Discharge’s Fight Back and Decontrol EPs are the only records they’ve ever heard in their lives. I’m not complaining, though, because this totally rips. While a lot of d-beat bands go for a wall of sound production style, Régimen de Terror has a sound more like Minor Threat, with drum and vocals way up front in the mix and guitar and bass much less prominent. Maybe it’s because I listened to so much Minor Threat as a young’un, but “drums up front” has always been my preferred mixing style for hardcore… it just makes the music sound so relentless and energetic. While the riffs won't wow anyone with their complexity, the songs are sturdy and well-constructed. Maybe this won’t melt your brain, but it’ll get you out of your seat and thrashing around the room.