Posted in music | tour dates on May 6, 2014

by Ian Chainey

Sheer Terror

NYHC hardcore legends Sheer Terror will be playing a few shows this year, including a free show in their hometown at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on May 23. They'll be supported by Agitator and Cop Problem, the latter of which is also slated to play June's gigantic Punk Island. All dates are listed below.

While the word 'legend' is usually misused, applied to bands that don't actually have any legends propping up their mythos, it seems earned in Sheer Terror's case, if only due to singer Paul Bearer's patented, oft-recounted stage banter. Forming in 1984, Sheer Terror sought to amplify the aggression and heft of hardcore, upping the ante for a new breed pulling influences directly from the world of metal. Their breakthrough, 1989's Just Can't Hate Enough, discharged a thick, buzzing guitar tone that was more indebted to thrashers/proto-deathers like Martin Ain (Hellhammer/Celtic Frost) than those listed on the typical punk's template. No big deal? Well, the reason that sentence doesn't read oddly today is largely because of Sheer Terror and their likeminded scenemates' widespread influence.

Through numerous break-ups, Paul Bearer has kept the Sheer Terror torch lit, producing a total of seven LPs with a rotating cast of members. Their last, 2011's Spite, came after a 13 year long hiatus. (Not counting the few reunion dates in between.) But, the band's home is on the stage, allowing the confrontational and charismatic Bearer to let loose torrents of verbal abuse.

To get you prepared, check out two live sets from YouTube's large library of Sheer Terror documentation, with the list of dates, below...


Sheer Terror -- 2014 Tour Dates
5/23 Brooklyn Night Bazaar Brooklyn, NY w/ Agitator, Cop Problem
7/11 Chop Suey Seattle, WA
7/12 Star Theater Portland, OR w/ Poison Idea



Comments (21)


Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 11:01 AM

Tom G. Warrior was the guitar player for Celtic Frost not Martin Ain he was the bass player you fucking fool....

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 11:20 AM

For those who have only been reading this blog for a few months, there once was a guy named D...

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 11:23 AM

I almost miss D. He would have some great thoughts on this post. The site isn't the same with that footfetish dweeb taking his place.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 11:36 AM

this is great of my favorite nyhc bands from my high school days.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 11:43 AM

Mr. FootFetish = D

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 11:56 AM

Of all the 80s NYHC bands, Sheer Terror was one I could never quite get into. I know most of that scene had "singers" that sounded like ogres but that guy was on a whole other level. Them and Judge, who are quite possibly one of the most overrated bands of all fucking time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 12:12 PM

Paul has kept trucking all these years and I think it's great Sheer Terror has gotten a revival/second life.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 12:25 PM

Love Sheer Terror, Paul is a bouncer at HiFi and not friendly to anybody. I was leaving and told him I love Sheer Terror and he said: "shut up and buy the new album when it comes out"

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 12:28 PM

12:12: Add Madball to that mix of "ogre" vocalists of HC bands I could never get into as well, and then you got my sentiments too. Talk about goddamn overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 12:29 PM

madball was thug garbage...sheer terror were just primal lower east side hardcore...

i remember when paul was the bouncer at the bar on 9th and c.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 1:58 PM

Whats up with the singer calling everyone a bunch of "little faggots"?

Posted by Andrew | May 6, 2014 4:10 PM the This is Hardcore video above

Posted by Andrew | May 6, 2014 4:11 PM

If you're worried about being PC, I'd highly suggest never listening to or attending a Sheer Terror show.

Seriously, the best NYHC band around.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 4:30 PM

NYHC in general is overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 11:46 PM

Hey 4:10, grow some balls and stop being so PC. You're breed killed this city.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2014 10:16 AM

I bet it's sheer terror when those dudes unload in the bathroom. why are so many NYHC dudes fat?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 10:39 PM

do you need a "ticket" from ticketweb or can you just show up to this place?

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 4:00 PM

Best HC band to come out of NYC or anywhere for that matter. The new members are great. The current bassist has some sick skills & their new stuff sounds incredible.

Posted by Oram | May 19, 2014 8:48 PM

Sheer Fuckfaces.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 9:14 PM

Sheer terror is one of the most important hardcore bands of all time and is one of the only bands doing anything worth listening to now. I'm sorry it's not a deathwish band or some crybaby bullshit. Get the fuck out of New York City and shit your whiny fucking mouths.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 2:03 PM

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