TOXIC WALTZ - DECADES OF PAIN (Independent)

 

                                   (Review by Stefan)

If we look back at the last few years, we can see that there is a strong increase in German Thrash Metal bands. More and more young aged soldiers of Metal marching in line to show their dignity for Thrash Metal music. Last year I came in touch with another Germany based band called Pessimist and their fantastic new effort “Death From Above”, an excellent result that enforced a place in my top 20 album list! I always had a whole lot of dignity for two, most important, sub-genres in this type of music named the so called 80s European Thrash Metal and the superlative Bay Area way of thrash. The mutual difference between both isn’t that spectacular, still I prefer Thrash Metal from the Bay Area above the rest. The passion started way back in the 80s with giants like Exodus, Slayer, Dark Angel, Forbidden, Heathen, Sadus and many, many others… decades further now and be sure, the lust still lingers on and on!

 

Now I’m excited to spread the word of a five piece Thrash Metal band from Bavaria, Germany named Toxic Waltz, formed by guitarist Jimi and drummer Tim back in 2009. Bass player Rayman and second axeman Alex teamed up shortly after, finally they had to catch up a vocalist which was found by the name of Angelo I’d like to announce as a full-fledged musician who is very suitable to deliver his energetic and aggressive vocal skills pure Bay Area styled. As a matter of fact, the entire Toxic Waltz line-up shows the designation where true thrash stands for… these guys are really fantastic !

 

Right from the beginning you feel the adrenaline flowing through the veins of these young men, their devotion to thrash is for real and after having listened to all the songs with great attention, these guys’ debut album “Decades Of Pain” delivers nothing but the very best! Apparently they have chosen this band name because of their complete respect for one of the greatest BA Thrash Metal merchants ever, Exodus. Back in 1989, we al had a blast with Exodus’ album “Fabulous Disaster”, whenever the DJ of our favourite local headbangers barroom named Alcatraz Metal Pub played the song ‘Toxic Waltz’, the time was on to went out of our intoxicated minds. I still remember Steve Souza’s legendary opening line that went like this: “Here’s a new dance craze that’s sweeping the nation-it’s called the toxic waltz and its causing devastation-jumping up and down like a psycho circus clown-slamming with waltzers all the way around…” damn, those were the days!

 

But let’s get back to the five guys of Toxic Waltz and its self financed, killer debut effort “Decades Of Pain” which reflects a beautiful cover artwork and has a strong sound quality to offer as well. There are nine thrashers awaiting for you all and to be quite honest, you will not escape to these guys’ feast on thrash at all, don’t even try to think about it ! As mentioned before, they have a real good singer within the ranks, somewhere influenced by Troy Dixler (Sindrome), Paul Baloff/Steve Souza (former Exodus), Steve Reynolds (Demolition Hammer), Phil Flores (EvilDead), Stacy Andersen (Hallows Eve). To bring the musical part of the band in the spotlight, I would like to refer to good old thrashing acts like: Heathen, Dark Angel, Metallica, Exodus, Annihilator, Forbidden, Sacred Reich, Death Angel. Evidently, Toxic Waltz has a special gift to let time stand still - when I listen to their debut album “Decades Of Pain”, I relive the best time of my life definable as the glorious 80s Metal era!

 

Very promising output brought on by a bunch of technical skilled instrumentalists and outstanding well-suited vocalist, one by one fully Bay Area Thrash Metal inspired. Along with this release, I get the image of a young band that displayed a lot of passion, energy and dedication to their beloved style of music. Do you want to be faced with all these good critics, order “Decades Of Pain” quickly at: https://de-de.facebook.com/ToxicWaltzofficial. With bands like Toxic Waltz, the future of Thrash Metal will be ensured. I’m convinced these youngsters would like to thank all of their thrashing forefathers for the good inspirations becoming like them, brilliant!

 

My Points: 89 / 100

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish