Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review: Töxik Death - Speed Metal Hell

Töxik Death have arrived from the unholy trenches of Norway to deliver an infusion of black and thrash metal upon the masses. The five man band have been active since 2003 and began their career with the Happy Fukking Holocaust EP that was released in 2007. Following the initial release, one demo and a split album, Töxik Death have landed themselves on the wings of Demonhood Productions and are ready to drop their first full-length album, Speed Metal Hell, like a nuclear bomb onto unsuspecting spectators below. Are you ready to descend into unholy flames?

Genre: Black/Thrash Metal
Release Date: January 20th, 2014
  1. Infernal Vicious Attack
  2. Metal Possessed
  3. Thrashforces of Evil
  4. Sergeant of the Wasteland
  5. D-Beat Destructor
  6. Speed Metal Hell
  7. DeathTerrorSexSlaughter
  8. Highway Warrior
  9. Satanic Sacrifice
Total Playtime: 32 minutes, 58 seconds

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Rating: 7.0/10







Töxik Death have arrived from the unholy trenches of Norway to deliver an infusion of black and thrash metal upon the masses. The five man band have been active since 2003 and began their career with the Happy Fukking Holocaust EP that was released in 2007. Following the initial release, one demo and a split album, Töxik Death have landed themselves on the wings of Demonhood Productions and are ready to drop their first full-length album, Speed Metal Hell, like a nuclear bomb onto unsuspecting spectators below. Are you ready to descend into unholy flames?

The entirety of Speed Metal Hell projects itself as another throw back record to old school thrash metal. The material is extremely aggressive, solidified with quick palm muted riffs and face mangling solos. The guitars have standard tuning and distortion tones for the genre at hand, sadly offering up little that stands out to the ear of the listener. The drums, made of a typical light thrash kit, pound away blast beats in the background; the snare really pops and stands out throughout the content, however the bass drum is fairly muffled and blends in to the bass guitar more often than not. The vocalist takes his turns from growling thrash styled vocals to more old school tendencies ala Deathhammer; this keeps the material from growing stale vocally, and the styles are implemented where it enhances the audible experience of the rest of the content.


The album is not comprised of all new material, "Thrashforces of Evil", "Metal Possessed", "D-Beat Destructor" and "Highway Warrior" are rerecorded tracks from the band's Demo 2012 release. Oddly enough, these songs sound the least modern and really bring out the heaviest old school thrash feel on the album. "Thrashforces of Evil" and "D-Beat Destructor" are enticing homages to modern old school thrashers Deathhammer and Nekromanetheon. Throughout the album, the production quality is inconsistent and tends to vary from track to track; this makes the album sound as though it was recorded in various studios or at different times. While "Metal Possessed" and "Thrashforces of Evil" sound like they could've come straight from the 1980's, complete with echo vocals and static-filled production, "Sergeant of the Wasteland" and "Speed Metal Hell" are entirely opposite and sound rather dry in comparison.

Speed Metal Hell is yet another old school thrash metal album to come flooding through the gates within recent years, leaving little to nothing in the way of uniquely identifying itself in the grand scheme of the underground. The ideas, compositions and lyrics are tried and true; they've been done hundreds times before. Sure, it'll get the heads of thrash lovers banging, but in a few months this album will fade into obscurity; as so many before it have succumbed to the same fate.

Digital Download Provided by: The Metal-Observer
Review Originally Written for: The Metal-Observer

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