If you had always heard about the unadulterated hardcore violence of a TERROR show, but were too afraid to enter the venue, "The Living Proof" is a safe way to experience the rage from the comfort of your living room. A ridiculously raucous show at The Underworld in London, England, interspersed with skillfully captured studio moments (for the recording of "One with the Underdogs") and a smattering of discussions with the members, a well as clips from around the world, make up the disc's main feature. Additionally, an "Extensive Show Archive" consisting of live performances of varying quality (mostly the single-camera kind) the world over and a couple of music videos for "Overcome" and "Keep Your Mouth Shut" round out the disc.
And let me tell you, the London show is completely off the rails. The performance is no run-of-the-mill set with members going through the motions for the camera; it is absolute insanity. Professionally shot, but not overly polished or overrun with cameramen, this is raw and in your face hardcore...period. Often times there is little distinguishing those in the audience from those in the band, as the audience members were freely welcomed on stage to sing along, often taking over microphone duties from Scott Vogel, the last half of "Spit My Rage" being one such example. The show is truly a case of the band and the crowd becoming one. When Vogel isn't barking his guts out on songs from "Lowest of the Low" and "One With the Underdogs", he is inciting the packed audience to violence in a way that could only be acceptable in this kind of setting. The band is on fire, the audience members are completely mad, and the venue seems about to burst into flame at any moment.
Equally as compelling are the moments spent with TERROR during the recording of "One with the Underdogs". Moving back and forth between the Underworld live performance and the "making of" in-studio bits works surprisingly well. In fact, the format keeps the viewer interested from start to finish. Rather than slogging through a 90-minute documentary, one gets to spend quality time with the boys in the band (in-studio and out) just long enough to feel informed before the scene shifts back to Underworld chaos. Tidbits like worldwide performance clips, as well as discussions with the band on scene dedication and the hardcore aesthetic are also included.
"The Living Proof" doesn't try to overload with meaningless extras or everything-to-everyone overkill. It simply offers an intriguing glimpse into the world of TERROR.