Toxikull – The Nightraiser

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Reviewed: May 2018
Released: 2018, Mosher Records/Firecum Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Kieron Hayes

 

I’m a bit of a sucker for thrash, and for classic heavy metal. Combine them both together into one unabashed cheese-fest of an album, and it’s hard to say no, honestly.

Toxikull play a brand of thrash firmly rooted in the NWOBHM classics. Paradox, Helstar, Agent Steel, Mercyful Fate, these are the names that come to mind (along with a guitar tone often straight out of Slough Feg’s playbook, albeit usually at a faster tempo). It’s speed metal, ironclad and razor-sharp.

For me, Nightraiser is at its best when letting rip and thrashing the fuck out. “Surrender or Die”, “Freedom to Kill”, “Nightraiser” (once it really gets going), these are the ones that grab me firmly by the balls and extract a high-pitched wail in keeping with the vocals themselves. The other tracks, while still decent, don’t have quite the same impact.

None of the tricks on show here are new, and I know that will put some folks off, but I feel these are classic techniques for a reason. Toxikull won’t bring you anything new, but if an EP of banshee shrieks, lightning bolt solos and (oftentimes) breakneck pacing sounds like your thing, The Nightraiser will at least offer a fun diversion.


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Tracklisting:

  1. Nightraiser
  2. Surrender or Die
  3. Hellmaster
  4. Freedom to Kill
  5. Satan Bloody Satan
  6. Rocker (Hollywood Rose cover)

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Band line-up:

Lex Thunder – Vocals, guitar
Michael Blade – Guitar
Antim “The Viking” – Vocals, bass
The Lorke – Drums

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Websites:

www.facebook.com/toxikull/
toxikull.bandcamp.com
www.mosherrecords.com

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