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Toxic Trace
September 2011
Released: 2011, EBM Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

For those of you who draw a line in the sand between Kreator’s EXTREME AGGRESSION and everything that came afterwards, boy are you in for a treat. Serbia’s Toxic Trace has a serious hard on for old school German thrash, particularly the first 4 albums from Mille Petrozza’s posse. As the saying goes, imitation is often the sincerest form of flattery, but it also helps that this Serbian power trio rips the S@$! out of their debut full length, TORMENT.

Yeah, the retro thrash thing has been hot n’ heavy for a while now, but there’s something about TORMENT that’s more endearing than the current glut of hipsters playing leather and spikes dress up time. Toxic Trace’s love for pre-90’s Kreator/Sodom/Destruction is just so beautifully honest, that it doesn’t even matter that the 9 tracks on TORMENT sound just like pre-90’s Kreator/Sodom/Destruction. And besides, pre-90’s Kreator/Sodom/Destruction freakin’ rules, and Toxic Trace reminds you why.

The tunes range from fast to faster to super fast, with chunks of meat spewing from the vocals and a drummer who sounds like he’s having an epileptic seizure, covering such important topics as occultism, human butchery, and religious hypocrisy. “Haunted,” “Slaughter,” “The Antichrist” and a ripping cover of “Flag of Hate” are the highlights of the disc, but there’s not a bad track among the bunch. Listening to Toxic Trace is like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket of thrash on a cold night – it just feels…so…good. Check out Toxic Trace and TORMENT, available now through the good folks at EBM Records.
Track Listing

1. Haunted
2. Witch From Hell
3. Slaughter
4. Religion Is Slavery
5. Tormentor
6. Butchered
7. Against The Cross
8. The Antichrist
9. Flag Of Hate (Kreator Cover)


Max - Bass
Djubre - Drums
Dushman - Vocals, Guitars

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