Time: 38 min.
Lyrical themes: social issues , politics
UNSEEN TERROR was a British extreme grindcore band formed by Shane Embury (later in Napalm Death) and Mitch Dickinson (in Heresy), and played extreme grindcore with a technical edge and a very clean sound, very good produced sound. Their most notable feat took place in March 1988, when they recorded tracks for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 program. To set the record straight - The band was not named after the hardcore band S.O.B track "Unseen Terror". This song from S.O.B came quite a while later. The band was actually named after Mitch was listening to the punk band SEPTIC DEATH. Here is the story. The song "Terrorain" by this classic band has the lyric "Unseen Death - Terrorain". The Chernobyl disaster was very fresh in the minds of many at the time, and Mitch thought of the term "Unseen Terror", as the radiation in the air around the area of the disaster was invisible. It was literally an unseen terror. This short-lived, but highly influential group was founded in early 1986 by singer/guitarist Mitch Dickinson and Shane Embury. (Re: The album cover - They were later joined very briefly by Pete Giles (Harmony as One, Scalplock) on bass during the summer of 1987). Mitch and Shane wrote many songs together as a two piece band during mid 1986. These rehearsal tapes were distributed on an international level via the tape trading network of the time. These tapes caught the attention of Digby Pearson who later founded Earache Records. In the meantime, the band were invited to contribute two tracks to the compilation LP Diminished Responsibility, a 1987 Thrash compilation album the group landed a record contract at Earache Records. The album Human Error was recorded by Mitch Dickinson and Shane Embury as a two piece band during September 1987. After their debut-album, Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris joined the band as singer. By then, Giles was no longer a member of the group as he did not really fit in. The band were invited to a recording session for BBC Radio One legend John Peel, and a one-off performance in Nottingham with bassist Wayne Aston. Incidentally, Wayne Aston did not appear on the Peel sessions recordings.