It’s endearing how Thrash bands regularly crop up on the
Metal scene. Sure enough, Toxik Society release a 3-track EP that has an
unmistakable old-school sound. This trio’s upbringing must have included a
staple diet of Nuclear Assault, Testament, M.O.D., Acid Reign and Exhorder.
The tracks on offer are surprisingly good with a decent
balance of guitar solos, riffs and screaming Kreator-style vocals. Very often
these type of self-made demos tend to have a appalling production. The sound of
“Living Kufeso” does sound a bit too hollow, especially in the drumming tracks
(which, to be fair, are always the most difficult aspect of sound engineering).
Still, it’s good enough to be enjoyable.
Clearly, originality is not on Toxik Society’s agenda but
that shouldn’t be a big problem if you’re really into this genre of music. All
in all, however, this is a commendable effort. In fact, at 12½ minutes, one
major disappointment is its brevity.