Terrorvision - 'Formaldehyde'

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Terrorvision - 'Formaldehyde'

Another cracking re-release from Cherry Red.

Back in 1992, it was easy to feel good about the long term prospects of UK hard rock music. Little Angels were between top twenty UK chart albums, The Almighty were working towards their third effort, which would also break into the top ten, while the Wildhearts were preparing to unleash the mighty 'Earth Vs....' that would begin their helter skelter ride through success and turmoil. Often overlooked in that mix were Bradford's rabble rousing Terrorvision who combined a melodic outlook, with an intentionally rough around the edges guitar jangle and singer Tony Wright's rascally "sing it how I speak it" charm. It was a concoction that had disaster written all through it. That they managed to not only produce catchy, memorable songs, but ones that actually made an impact on the charts is to their eternal credit.

Just over two decades ago the journey was only just beginning, with the band's debut album 'Formaldehyde' hitting the shelves as early singles 'American TV' and 'My House' suggested that the Terror's approach could reap rich rewards. The album, like the band, comprising of Wright, Mark Yates (guitar), Leigh Marklew (bass) and Shutty (drums), was rough and ready, but in a knowing way that actually heightened its undoubted ability to live long in the memory. For every bouncy romp such as the aforementioned singles, or slightly more sophisticated burst of 'New Policy One', there were less interesting stabs like the flaccid 'Ship That Sinks', or admirable, if slightly wide of the mark 'Don't Shoot My Dog'. However when you factor in 'Problem Solved' which shouted and bounced for all its worth and the more introspective 'Jason', then this first step was more brash and uncompromising than it was tentative. Greater things followed for the Bradford quartet, with subsequent albums 'How To Make Friends And Influence People' and 'Regular Urban Survivors' honing the mix of metal, pop and silliness into jagged bursts of commercial rock with shards of punky attitude. However to hear them in their purest form, this is where to start.

Excellently re-mastered, with great sleeves notes and featuring a bonus disc of B- sides ('Pain Reliever' and the cover of 'Psycho Killer' by Talking Heads matching anything on the main album) and live cuts from a 1993 show at the now doomed Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, illustrate the charm this band possessed in spades.

Another cracking re-release from Cherry Red, sees this long under-rated outfit and album get another well deserved moment in the sun.

Steven Reid

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