!T.O.O.H.!

Technical Death Metal / Avant-garde Metal • Czech Republic
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Formed in 1990 in Libice nad Cidlinou, Czech Republic under the name Devastator, they eventually changed their name to !T.O.O.H.!, an acronym for 'The Obliteration of Humanity'. !T.O.O.H.! is hard to classify into one genre, showing elements of death metal, grind, folk-influence, and even progressive metal. They have released four albums: From Higher Will (1999), Z Vyšší Vule (2000) (This was the Czech release of From Higher Will, which has Czech lyrics instead of English ones), Pod Vládou Bice (recorded as a duo, 2003, means "Under the Reign of the Whip"), and Rád a trest (2005, means "Order and Punishment").

!T.O.O.H.! disbanded shortly after putting the finishing touches on the "Rád a Trest" (Order & Punishment) album due to financial issue caused in no small part by their having been promptly dropped by Earache, who took the album out of print only two months after its release.

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!T.O.O.H.! Z vyšší vůle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Z vyšší vůle
Technical Death Metal 2000
!T.O.O.H.! From Higher Will album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From Higher Will
Technical Death Metal 2000
!T.O.O.H.! Pod vládou bice album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Pod vládou bice
Technical Death Metal 2003
!T.O.O.H.! Order and Punishment album cover 4.81 | 4 ratings
Order and Punishment
Technical Death Metal 2005
!T.O.O.H.! Democratic Solution album cover 2.67 | 2 ratings
Democratic Solution
Avant-garde Metal 2013

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!T.O.O.H.! Live in Prosek album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Prosek
Technical Death Metal 1998

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!T.O.O.H.! Vy Kusy Mrdaciho Masa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vy Kusy Mrdaciho Masa
Technical Death Metal 1995
!T.O.O.H.! It's Not, Can't Be A Dream album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It's Not, Can't Be A Dream
Technical Death Metal 1997

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!T.O.O.H.! Democratic Solution

Album · 2013 · Avant-garde Metal
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"Democratic Solution" is the 4th full-length studio album by Czech Republic extreme metal act !T.O.O.H.!. The album was released by the band as a free digital download in August 2013. Apparently it´s meant to be the last album by !T.O.O.H.!. I´ll take that with a grain of salt though as they´ve already disbanded one time before in 2005 after they were dropped by Earache Records, and since we now have "Democratic Solution" to listen to, they clearly have trouble dissolving the band completely.

!T.O.O.H.! consists of the two-piece Schizoid (Drums, Vocals) and Humanoid (Bass, Guitars, Vocals, Programming) and were on their previous releases known for their odd take on technical/progressive death metal. This time around they´ve taken their music in an even more odd direction as "Democratic Solution" sounds like a computer game version of an extreme metal release. Blabbering Czech language vocals, which sometimes sound like the singer is drunk or having a raving party, what sounds like technical programmed drums and odd buzzing guitars are more or less what make up the sound on "Democratic Solution". It´s like a kid´s birthsday party gone wrong. It´s certainly both complex and avant garde in execution, but not necessarily uninviting or difficult. Just weird...

The vocals are mostly clean and the melody lines (however odd and sometimes almost childish in nature) are generally pretty catchy. Even though the use of extreme vocal styles is very limited on "Democratic Solution", it´s still a very extreme release. Just on other parameters than the extremity of the vocal delivery.

This is pretty surely not music for everyone, and even extreme metal listeners who are used to avant garde elements, might find themselves a bit challenged here. Personally I find "Democratic Solution" oddly charming but at times also slightly annoying, so it´s definitely an album I have to be in the right mood to appreciate. There is no questioning the originality of the product, the excellent musicianship or the quality of the relatively well sounding production though and based on that, but also taking into consideration by ambivalent feelings toward the album, a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

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