Some of you maybe onboard the boat declaring, Ďthere is too many new Thrash bands that are just doing the same thing from the bands in the 80s so we donít need ití, but as far as Iím concerned, even if the bandís arenít necessarily adding anything all that new to the genre, its nice to still have talented bands that are playing Thrash. For the most part you wonít hear me complain about it either, whether or not the band is all that original. That goes with these revivalists TOXIK SOCIETY and their demo recording ďLiving KufesoĒ. It might not be the most original, but Iím be damned if it isnít straight and true Thrash from beginning to end.
Of course I would have liked even more to hear the band spread their sound a bit more and show the listeners a few more of their tricks (perhaps throwing in a bit of a slower track or even a cover song) just so they could show their muscles a bit more on this demo. In the end, itís a demo though and as a demonstration of their talents this is pretty cut or dry. We get straight up 80s Thrash ala the Bay Area and the band is quite good at playing it. There is only 3 songs to judge on this by, but judging from said 3 songs, I would definitely pick up a new album from TOXIK SOCIETY.
It was nice that the band did throw in a slightly less chaotic and structured song for the last track, ďHuman WarĒ, to show some of their strength in the Thrash genre too. Itís a bit more riff oriented and slightly swing heavy, but itís a nice companion to the first two tracks that reek of their Punk Thrash influences (particularly in the harsh shouting vocal approach) with their chaotic burst leads, quick wristed riffs, and snare driven drumming. Of course, the bass is some what drowned out in 80s Thrash fashion, but most of you Thrashers will just take it with a grain of salt.
This is a nifty little demo that I was happy to have land in my hands as TOXIK SOCIETY has a lot of talents to display here. Although it may only be re-recordings of songs from their debut album, it shows the potential that the production could add to the next release. Fans of Thrash will love it.
(Online November 1, 2009)