Metal Heads* ‎– Terminator

Synthetic Records ‎– SYNTH 003
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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That Side
1A Terminator 5:29
1B Kemistry
Featuring [Vocals] – Charlemagne*
This Side
2A Knowledge 5:15
2B Sinister 4:55

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Written & produced for "Rufige Cru Productions". Published by R.U.B. music.
All tracks recorded at Think Studios & mixed at Mekon Studios.

Track 1A samples:
Dialogue from the film The Terminator
Breakbeat from "Smoke Filled Thoughts" by Fresh 4
Breakbeat from Bobby Byrd - Hot Pants (I'm Comin')
Synth from Mystique - Fire (Joey Negro Remix)

Track 2A samples:
Synth riff from Outlander - Vamp
Dialogue from the TV show The Outer Limits
Vocal from Run-DMC - Rock The House

Track 2B samples:
Guitar from Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
Replays synth from Jessie Deep - Planet Mystery
Bassline from De Lite - Wild Times (Mayday Remix)
Breakbeat from The Winstons - Amen Brother

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: SYNTH 3 A₁
  • Matrix / Runout: SYNTH 3 B₁
  • Barcode (Text): 5 025043 061035 >
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5025043061035

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label  Cat# Country Year
SYNTH 3 Metalheads Terminator(12", TP, W/Lbl) Synthetic Records SYNTH 3 UK 1992 Sell This Version
SYNTHCD 003 Metalheads Terminator(CD, Single) Synthetic Records SYNTHCD 003 UK 1992 Sell This Version
SYNTH 003 Metalheads Terminator(12") Synthetic Records SYNTH 003 UK 1992 Sell This Version
SYNTH 003 Metalheads Terminator(12", TP, W/Lbl) Synthetic Records SYNTH 003 UK 1992 Sell This Version
SYNTHK003 MetalHeads Terminator EP(Cass, EP) Synthetic Records SYNTHK003 UK 1992 Sell This Version


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September 15, 2018

The Whole 12" Is A Banger..Every Track Means Something...They Are A Family Of Tunes.


August 28, 2018
My pride and joy for 2-3 years before it perished in a house fire in deepest, darkest Wiltshire ... Tears ... :(


February 11, 2018

I think Knowledge is probably universally the most underrated track on this groundbreaking EP. When I first heard DJ Jinx playing a Test Pressing of this at Music Power Records in Haringey, north London, it nearly blew my head off. This is the first track I'd heard from the EP long before the main track Terminator itself. And I always much preferred it to be honest. Harking back to a much darker, more techy hardcore. A pummeling in yer face mentasmic past rather than an atmospheric jungle drum n bass future. Much, much darker.

But every track on this release is an equal winner for completely different reasons. Knowledge just brings back more vivid memories on a personal level :) 


December 5, 2017
Just cataloguing another crate from the racks and came across which sounds suspiciously like the source of the phasing synth from Terminator. What do you reckon?


November 16, 2017

if you read the Goldie book 9 lives - you will find out that him and Rob Playford were doing the final mix down for Terminator his "darkcore anthem" as he references it! whilst both on turbo biscuits and Goldie jumped up on the mixing desk and punched the ceiling ............which caused all kinds of drama in the studio.

Anyway first time the track was ever played on British airwaves was Fabio & Grooverider filling in for shitty Steve Jackson on Kiss FM - circa early 1992 (i have the tape ripped to digital if anyones interested) - they played it on DAT and reference Terminator incorrectly as Knowledge, 3-4 months later the track dropped on wax and changed the game for ever.
a track that will remain forever with me.


October 23, 2017
seriously, i can only imagine what it must have been for the first crowds to hear this played back at them. those timestretched drum lines still give me goosebumps from hearing them in my car tape deck from 1993 from some 3rd or 4th gen bootleg hardcore mix that made it cross the Atlantic.


June 1, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Written-By, Producer – DJ Freebase, Goldie, Markus (Co Pilot To The Stars) Rutherford* ... Must have been a good time in that studio.......... ;)

Knowledge Bends it further... BTW


April 24, 2017
You'll get someone to sell one for 20 eventually, i did as i had my original copy stolen years ago. Keep offering anyone 20 pounds with a make offer option and someone will sell for that.


July 24, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
I am not going to go into how important this release is, especially Terminator, for moving the Breakbeat Hardcore scene forward, heads know, new heads need to learn and snatch this up pronto. Mutated breaks battling it out with deep, dark and euphoric atmosphere, sinister breakbeat funk that is untouchable. Classic to the core. A previously unreleased mix of Terminator can be found here


July 7, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

This is a really difficult EP to review. I think there is no question that this release was extremely important, released at just the right time when happy hardcore had just about burnt itself out and UK dance was at crossroads. This release pushed us along a more darker road towards what was to become jungle and darker D & B rhythms. A trailblazer that set the stall out and gave us a taste of what was to come. Personally I think it is one of the most influential pieces of vinyl of my generation. The four tracks featured here paved the way for what in my opinion is one of the best albums of all time - Timeless. Terminator, Knowledge, and Sinister are all truly excellent. Above all though, I do love this raw, unpolished version of Kemistry. This version is a much earlier version than the on the CD release of 95, and also different to the VIP version on the vinyl album. That said, Diane's vocals suit the track perfectly. She is sorely missed that's for sure. One track I would love to see released on vinyl is the version that's on the Timeless CD. As far as I know, it's not available on vinyl anywhere, but I live in hope of one day being able to spin my favourite Goldie track on vinyl. The reason I say this EP is difficult to review is this - no one can question its importance. That is beyond question - But has it really stood the test of time? Listening to what is being released today, this EP does sound a little dated. If there is one EP that deserves to be remastered, it's this one. A 2016 remaster of Terminator would do the trick. All that aside, if your are after a slice of the origin, the start of things, the seed that grew into a mighty oak, then look no further. A true, true, classic release. RIP Diane, you had the voice of an angel. Considering the tragedy with Kemi, and also Diane's passing, a very bitter sweet recording, but definitely an essential one.