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TOXIK Dis Morta

Album · 2022 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Dis Morta" is the fourth full-length studio album by US power/thrash metal act Toxik. The album was released through Massacre Records in August 2022. It´s the successor to "Kinetic Closure" from 2020 but is in fact the first full-length studio album solely featuring new material since "Think This" from 1989, as "Kinetic Closure" predominantly featured re-recorded versions of older tracks. Only guitarist Josh Christian remains from the original 1980s lineups, and since reuniting in 2013 (Toxik had their original run from 1985-1992) there have been quite a few lineup shuffles too, but on this release Christian is complimented by drummer James DeMaria, bassist Shane Boulos, lead vocalist Ron Iglesias, and guitarist Eric van Druten.

Stylistically the material on "Dis Morta" is technical thrash metal with US power metal leanings. The latter influence is predominantly heard in the vocals and some of the more melodic choruses, but "Dis Morta" is primarily a technical thrash metal release. Iglesias has a strong voice and he sings both raw and higher pitched screaming vocals. The music is very busy, energetic, and sometimes a bit chaotic sounding as so much happens in the soundscape. It´s not particularly dynamic music, and as a consequence the listening experience can be a little stressful. I´m often reminded of the UK thrash/grove/power/progressive metal act Biomechanical and their almost manic and multilayered approach.

Toxik are an incredibaly well playing act and as a listener you´ll be exposed to technical drumming, razor sharp thrashy riffs, blistering lead guitar work, and the above mentioned intense vocals (and backing, harmony, and choir vocals). The high level musicianship is arguably one of the greatest assets of "Dis Morta". The sound production is overall of a good quality, but it´s on the dry side and the multilayering of riffs, lead parts, and backing/harmony vocals sometimes drown the basic structures of a song. A better defined and detailed sound production could possibly have elevated the album to a higher state.

To fans of Toxik´s first two albums this may not be the comeback album they have dreamed about. For that it´s maybe a little too different sounding and harsh, but given a few spins it does become apparent that Toxik have composed a powerful, effective, and intriguing technical power/thrash metal release in the harder edged end of the spectrum, and the tracks begin to stand out more too. Because initially this is not an easily accessible release. It simply doesn´t invite you in, but instead demands of you that your ears and brain are to work hard to enjoy the listening experience. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

TOXIK Creating the Abyss

Single · 2022 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Creating the Abyss" is a one track single release by US power/thrash metal act Toxik. The single was released through Massacre Records in July 2022. It´s a digital single which is accompanied by a lyric video. "Creating the Abyss" was released to promote the release of Toxik´s fourth full-length studio album "Dis Morta", which was released in August 2022. It´s the second single release promoting "Dis Morta", as the one track "Power" single was released in June 2022. "Creating the Abyss" appears as the sixth track on "Dis Morta".

"Creating the Abyss" is one of the heavier mid-paced tracks on "Dis Morta" (although it ends on a furiously fast-paced note), but it´s still a greatly energetic and progressive inclined technical power/thrash metal track, featuring sharp riffs, blistering lead work (which is actually out of this world on this particular track), technical drumming, and a screaming raw vocalist in front.

As a single meant to promote the release of "Dis Morta", "Creating the Abyss" is a great teaser release. The quality is high, the song is intriguing, powerful, and raw, and perfectly represents the style and sound of "Dis Morta". A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

TOXIK Power

Single · 2022 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Power" is a one track single release by US power/thrash metal act Toxik. The single was released through Massacre Records in June 2022. It´s a digital single which is accompanied by a lyric video. "Power" was released to promote the release of Toxik´s fourth full-length studio album "Dis Morta", which was released in August 2022. "Power" appears as the fourth track on "Dis Morta".

Stylistically this is technical power/thrash, featuring an incredibly well playing band. Toxik have a relatively chaotic sounding and very busy style, which often reminds me of Biomechanical, and they don´t sound much like they did in the 1980s. On the other hand the sharp riffs, the technical drumming, the blistering lead guitars, and harsh screaming vocals were also all features on the band´s 1980s releases. It just sounds more chaotic, heavy, and more thrashy here.

"Power" works well as a teaser single to promote the release of "Dis Morta" and having listened to the full album, it represents the sound and musical style of the album well. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved

TOXIK Kinetic Closure

Album · 2020 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Kinetic Closure" is the third full-length studio album by US power/thrash metal act Toxik. The album was released through SubLevel Records in February 2020. It´s the successor to "Think This" from 1989, so it´s been 31 years since the last album was released. Toxik initially existed from 1985-1992, reunited shortly and disbanded again in 2007, and then reunited again in 2013. They released the "In Humanity Pre-release" demo in 2014 and the "Breaking Clas$" EP in 2017, before recording the material on "Kinetic Closure". All material recorded in the 2014-2018 period was then released on the 2018 "III Works" compilation album. So the "Kinetic Closure" album is a re-release of some of the material from "III Works" (disc 3 from that compilation album). As opposed to the new original material featured on the 2014 demo and the 2017 EP, most of the material on "Kinetic Closure" is not new. Toxik have instead opted to re-record 8 tracks from their two 1980s full-length studio albums ("World Circus" (1987) and "Think This" (1989)). "Kinetic Closure" and "No Rest for the Wicked", which bookend the album are new compositions though.

There´s been a lineup change since the "Breaking Clas$" (2017) EP as Ron Iglesias has replaced Charles Sabin (who himself has replaced Mike Sanders not long before). Iglesias has a voice and singing style which is relatively similar to both Mike Sanders and Charles Sabin (how they sound on the material post the 2013 reunion, not their incredibly high pitched 80s selves). Both "Kinetic Closure" and "No Rest for the Wicked" are heavy and intriguing US power/thrash metal tracks and perfectly in line with how the band have sounded like since their 2013 return to the scene.

Re-recording classic material with a contemporary lineup will always divide the waters. Some will think of such an action as sacrilege, while others will enjoy listening to the classic tracks in a more updated sound quality and performed by more seasoned musicians. In this case I think the updated versions sound quite different from the originals, and I´m therefore able to enjoy them without constantly being reminded of the original versions of the tracks. I do prefer the originals over these re-recordings, but I´m able to appreciate these new versions too. It should be noted that the re-recordings were recorded live in the studio with very few studio overdubs, which is quite impressive considering the high level of technical playing and the relatively high complexity of the material.

"Kinetic Closure" a heavy, powerful, and detailed sound production, perfectly suiting the material. Upon conclusion I´d say re-recorded the classic Toxik tracks from the 1980s was a success, and the two new tracks are also quite enjoyable and therefore a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

TOXIK III Works

Boxset / Compilation · 2018 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"III Works" is a 3-disc compilation album by US power/thrash metal act Toxik. The compilation was released through No Dust Records in April 2018. It features all material recorded by the band in the 2014-2018 period. Toxik initially existed from 1985-1992 (releasing two full-length studio albums in their original run), reunited shortly and disbanded again in 2007, and then reunited again in 2013.

Disc 1 features the three original tracks from the 2014 "In Humanity Pre-release" demo, but adds three unreleased tracks from the same demo sessions. All tracks were remastered. All material from Disc 1 would be released in 2020 as the "In Humanity" EP. The three original demo tracks and the track "Subverter", are strong material featuring a more heavy sound than the Toxik material from the 1980s, although original vocalist Mike Sanders sing on the material. He still hits the high notes when needed though.

Disc 2 features the six tracks from the 2017 "Breaking Clas$" EP. The material on the "Breaking Clas$" EP features lead vocalist Charles Sabin, as he once again replaced Sanders, just like he did in 1989. Stylistically the material is a heavy type of US power/thrash metal played with great technical skill. The vocals are predominantly delivered in a raw mid-range, but Sabin can still deliver a high pitched scream what that is called for.

Disc 3 features 8 re-recordings of tracks from Toxik´s two 1980s albums "World Circus" (1987) and "Think This" (1989), and two new recordings in "Kinetic Closure" and "No Rest for the Wicked". All material from Dics 3 would in 2020 be released as the "Kinetic Closure" album. New lead vocalist Ron Iglesias has joined and he has a voice and singing style which is relatively similar to both Mike Sanders and Charles Sabin (how they sound on the material on disc 1 and 2 of "III Works", not their incredibly high pitched 80s selves). Both "Kinetic Closure" and "No Rest for the Wicked" are heavy and intriguing US power/thrash metal tracks and perfectly in line with how the band have sounded like since their 2013 return to the scene.

Re-recording classic material with a contemporary lineup will always divide the waters. Some will think of such an action as sacrilege, while others will enjoy listening to the classic tracks in a more updated sound quality and performed by more seasoned musicians. In this case I think the updated versions sound quite different from the originals, and I´m therefore able to enjoy them without constantly being reminded of the original versions of the tracks. I do prefer the originals over these re-recordings, but I´m able to appreciate these new versions too. It should be noted that the re-recordings were recorded live in the studio with very few studio overdubs, which is quite impressive considering the high level of technical playing and the relatively high complexity of the material.

Upon conclusion "III Works" is a good quality compilation album, successfully compiling all the band´s recorded material from the 2014-2018 period, and although Toxik sound a bit different in their reunited version than they did in the 1980s, they are still a force to be reckoned with and "III Works" is well worth a listen. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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