TERMINUS: Going Nowhere Fast: CD

Another long-forgotten album gets the Boss Tuneage Retro treatment. This time it’s the turn of the mildly eclectic Terminus and an album originally released in 1990 on the Words Of Warning label. I remember hearing the band back in the day and am still taken aback at how it managed to bring in so many influences into its music, ranging from folk to punk and metal to anarcho punk. As the album was recorded over a period of time, the quality varies a bit across the fourteen songs but that doesn’t diminish the impact the band made in standing up and fighting against the inequities of the world—the fact that many of the lyrics are still relevant today is a scathing indictment of the lack of progress made by humanity in twenty-four years. The mix of gothic, low tone vocals ties in nicely with the more metallic guitar work; this is one of the reasons why Terminus stood apart from a lot of the bands I listened to at the time. This has aged well and is one of the best of the retro series releases.

 –Rich Cocksedge (Boss Tuneage, bosstuneage.com)