Released: 2008, Stormspell Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Who wouldn´t love thrash today? Thrash is everywhere nowadays. Labels are interested in thrash, thrash bands get lots of coverage in the front pages of many major magazines, once defunct thrash acts have made their own resurrections and have gone back to recording studios again (Exodus, Sacrifice, Death Angel, Heathen, etc.), new thrash bands are popping up more than a dozen every week – and hell, many thrash bands are making all these tours – thrashing places from Asia to Siberia, more than for many years.
Yes, it´s a big cliché to say, but thrash is back, but so is Lich King with their 2nd album, titled TOXIC ZOMBIE ONSLAUGHT. Even if there´s this strong parody yet provocative element involved in their lyrics and song titles (“Black Metal Sucks”. By a song title like this, you aren´t going to get too many friends among black metal fans, are you?), the music is, however, a real deal. It´s very aggressive, mean, neck-breaking and hateful thrash the way it should be in the first place. The riffs are violent and top-notch, and they are all over the place on the band´s follow-up disc, yet they hit its listener more punishingly than a horde of hungry cannibals who have been starving to death for the last 2-3 weeks.
Lich King´s vocalist, ´A Fucking Tyrannosaur´ by his sweet artistic name, sounds damn pissed-off and like he would be fed up with everything in life in general. Lich King´s thrash surely is made to appeal to most of the old school thrash fans that like their thrash in its most vicious and aggressive form. Such thrash acts as early Vio-lence, early Exodus, early Dark Angel and early Slayer might be some of those names to give you an idea what level of thrash we are talking about here as some references to Lich King. However, my only little concern is that even if Lich King has achieved some cool things to make their thrash sound this mean and aggressive, they unfortunately lose some things in the production of this release. The drum sound is kinda awful and guitars´ sound could be perhaps a bit more powerful, too. Also, I would drop the vocals a bit more behind in the mix - not much, but just a little bit. Now it's too much up front in my opinion.
TOXIC ZOMBIE ONSLAUGHT, however, doesn´t beg for mercy. It comes and skins you alive. Like it or not.