TOXIC VIRGIN’s third offering ‘’Sulphur’’ starts so well with the Melodic Rock/Metal tinged MAIDEN-esque guitar duelling of ‘’Evil Days’’ but apart from the odd spirited guitar solo and Rock N stock riffing this album doesn’t really take off as it might. ‘’Born To Run’’ shows signs of quality whereas ‘’Mad As Hell’’ although containing a spirited guitar run is not. ‘’Paradise’’ is simply awful’’ and I will let you make your own mind up regarding a track called ‘’It Smells Of Leather’’ The vocals of lead singer Markus Litsch are a real low point against some good band interplay especially on the DORO-esque ‘’Fallen Angels’’ and the up-tempo ‘’Traveller In Time’’ but let’s beat around the bush the vocals are a serious flaw.
Whatever market TOXIC VIRGIN are aiming to make an impact upon, they’ve been around since 1995, they will have to shape up and come up with some better songs. The UFO Hard Rock of ‘’Rock Bottom’’ has been done to death and the ludicrous intro to the absurd ‘’Whiskey A Go Go’’ may prove to much to even the casual Melodic Rocker.
I am afraid TOXIC VIRGIN will forever remain a pub band in my ears and this is perhaps where they feel most at home. Whereas Germany has produced many fine Rock n Roll bands over the years they have also produced some mediocrity. Any guessing which category I am putting this lot in? (Online October 2, 2005)