Toxic Ruin formed from the covers band, The Ruin. They’re a thrash metal band, focusing on ever evolving sounds, incorporating pure thrash, hints of death, with old school rock ‘n’ roll at the forefront.
From eastern Wisconsin, USA, they’re a one-off band, providing the basis for most of the heavy metal music in their area, along with legends, Morbid St.
The current release of ‘Subterranean Terror’ has become massively popular in the heavy metal community and Toxic Ruin is set for even bigger future projects.
Submerged In Chaos – Very fine intro there. Moving, gradually, into a riff filled haven. Short, but sweet. It’s all that was needed.
Immolation – Biting intro, of hardened metal, combining speed, power, thrash and death/melo-death. That’s one neatly wrapped drum roll, of hammering incredible speed and precision. Throwing in some very tasty riff melodies and adventures with a well-placed whammy bar section. There’s a clear and inherent dark edge to this, which serves the genre sounds they aim for well. Got the lyrics cracked, too.
Seat Of Corruption – A well constructed follow-up track. Easing further and confidently, into the heavy feel and demonstrating a great, classic example of how good thrash is performed. Melody, lively pace, attentively timed drums, anger driven lyrics, thrashy vocals, yummy speed riffs. It’s got it all and it’s all bound up cohesively and neatly. A well-organised and structured track, whetting the appetite for more.
Subterranean Terror – Chasing the metal dragon, this gets right in, with a thoughtfully arranged performance and rhythm, forming a natural continuation of the thrash, death tinged sound. Evident progression and natural flow. Soundalike of RAM’s ‘Sudden Impact’.
The Human Condition – Wow! Gorgeously melodic riff intro, with a slight eerieness, beating drums and very raw, heartfelt, death edged vocals, blatantly dredged up from the depths of blackened emotion. There’s a dark thread throughout, almost visually black, so entrenched is its sense.
Rampage – Blasting drum intro, soon crackling into vivid life, with a startlingly clear Testament feel and quality to match. One or two particularly well thought out, delicious riffs and it’s over in almost record time, for such a complex song, but its message is clear and unmistakable. Mind you, even the dimmest individual would have trouble mistaking the words ‘fuck you’, with which it closes.
Of What Lies Beneath – Gradually building in volume and intensity, there’s a complexity to this, in terms of arrangement and song structure, showcasing real, well honed musicianship, to rival many.
Lord Of Pandemonium – An insanely fast, power fuelled drum roll intro, quickly joined by crazed riffs, Hetfieldesque vocals and a noticeably fiery essence. Blazing along, with fury and passion, there’s an impressive commitment to intricate compositions, carefully timed sections and a consistently and well maintained dark theme. A well crafted piece of work.
Alcoholocaust – Drums opening, once more, with a blast of metal fuelled aggression, going on to instill their message of danger and destructive determination. A definite ‘Tallicaesque section, towards the middle, with a positive blaze of a riff fest, increasing in pace and intensity. The frustrated lyrics are ideal.
Toxic Ruin – Bang! That’s the only way to describe that insistent drum intro. Really going in for the kill, with the enthusiastically angry lyrics, fire powered riffs and drum battallion, from which there’s no escape. Cornered in an explosive arena. Mighty power screams and more of that unforgettable RAM type speed, power heaven. Brilliantly placed as the standout track. I love the melody in there.
Overall – An impressively intelligently constructed album, filled with craftsmanship of the highest standard. You’ll have to wait till the end for the most melodic track of all, but it’s well worth the wait. All serious thrashers, power and speed freaks should give this a whirl.
For fans of Testament, Slayer, RAM, thrash, melo-death, speed, power and death metal.