The bastard children of Slayer, Kreator and Testament were raised on speed, weaned on beer, and ate heavy metal. Now they’re all grown up and ready to show the world that thrash is back. One such band are Toxic Ruin as the band return for the first time since 2016 with their sophomore album ‘Nightmare Eclipse’.
With ‘Nightmare Eclipse’, Toxic Ruin continue to deliver another pummelling dose of thrash metal that leans on the heavier side of the spectrum. This isn’t a band which pander to a lucrative market by sounding like Metallica, this album dials up the heavy with elements of not only Kreator and Testament here, but also more modern thrash metal trailblazing their way forward in the genre such as Havok and Warbringer. But that’s not all, tracks such as ‘Rebirth Ritual’ and ‘Voices of Death’ turn the dial beyond Slayer and begin to start pushing into the realms of Possessed and early Death with some decent guttural rasps from Stephen Behrendt, who in true thrash frontman fashion, rattles along with the bass.
Yet, there is nothing here that thrash fans haven’t have heard before, the tracks here are thoroughly enjoyable, but not much is actually that memorable. This however, doesn’t take away from the overall experience when the album is playing and Toxic Ruin can hold their heads up knowing they’ve delivered a decent album of thrash.
nothing here that thrash fans haven’t have heard before, but a decent album of thrash nonetheless
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