Blacken The Skies
DIGITAL (2021) · Listen & Buy on Bandcamp
TERMINAL is the work of Thomas Mark Anthony, singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Anthony is a longtime anti-apartheid and civil rights activist over a life lived in South Africa, Canada and the United States. When asked to name his musical influences, his first answers are T.Rex and Cabaret Voltaire. Merging those disparate genres in BLACKEN THE SKIES required an experimental surgery of sinister vocals, circuit-bent machinery and ragged guitars, resulting in an industrial/glam-rock fusion of barbed-hook songwriting and relentless electronics. The album explores and highlights Anthony's contradictory influences, from the near-techno pulse of "Riot Shields" to the borderline nu-metal "Godfire". Sing-along choruses packed with glam-rock's internal and external rhymes serve as warning flares from a world in freefall. Sparse chiming guitar notes ring out over a dense wall of dissonant synths and mechanical rhythms.
According to Anthony, his commentary on the world's ills finds no shortage of new inspiration. Themes of authoritarian regimes brutally silencing journalists, extrajudicial violence, racial injustice, pandemics and climate collapse are--tragically--timeless.
"Every track has to be a strong song first and foremost," says Anthony. "From there, I start shaping the sounds I need to paint the picture." And a darkly beautiful sonic painting it is, placing Anthony's gritty vocals and rough-hewn guitar in echoing, ruined industrial spaces where relentless beats stir a miasma of broken circuitry and vast machines. Each track is terse. "I don't think I need to belabour the point", says Anthony. "If you can't say it in 4 minutes, it's probably not worth saying."
Joined by the US-based TERMINAL Live Unit, the trio puts on a powerful and confrontational live show, with Anthony serving as vocalist/guitarist.
Track List01. The Course of Empire
02. Terror Ride
04. Fault Line
07. Dance Fall Pray
08. Needle Park [Time to Die]
09. Riot Shields
12. Collateral Damage