|Review: Toxik Society - Toxik Society|
Year released: 2008
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: September 12, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)
Hailing from Spain, Toxik Society is another new Thrash band that is heavily influenced by the 80s Californian sound. I say "Californian" and not outright "Bay Area" because while they do have the somewhat "clean" Bay Area touch audible here and there, there's also quite a bit of the more aggressive sound of the time that originated from other parts of California - in fact Slayer is probably the most audible influence here, some passages being very reminiscent of that band's mid-80s output with a very raw guitar style and evil/diabolic atmosphere to boot - nicely done, albeit somewhat lacking originality for the most part. I also hear a little bit of Megadeth, Exodus and (early, needless to say) Metallica in the speedier, more speed metal-ish moments. The three songs on display here are quite aggressive and raw (some of it of course having to do with this being demo-quality sound) - no acoustic parts, no getting too melodic (well, there's a short slow part but at least it's on electric guitar :)) - it's raw Thrash through and through.
These guys remind me a little bit of the Canadian band Aggressor whose demo I reviewed here a few weeks ago - similar sound, even the vocals are quite comparable. And while this is a good way to spend 15 minutes of your time, what hurts this demo is that it bleeds too much of its influences: While it's getting there, the band still has to find its identity and its own sound to set it apart from the rest of the pack, especially with all those bands popping up left and right lately. I'm looking forward to hearing more from these guys.
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