Toxik
Think This


4.5
superb

Review

by Gigglesdemon USER (31 Reviews)
May 12th, 2011 | 517 replies | 19,235 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cutting through the all-encompassing commercials and propaganda, Toxik’s Think This is a powerful thrash album that any self-respecting fan should own.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

“On the television screen:

Do you have a body that sweats?
Sweat that has odor?
False teeth clanging into your breakfast?
Case of the dread?
Headache so steady it may outlive you?
Armpits sprouting hair?
Piles so huge you don't need a chair to sit at a table?

We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed . . .”

From the poem “The Dead Shall Be Raised Incorruptible” by Galway Kinell

A serene and calm guitar plucks airy chords, creating a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Then, slowly but surely, the press of ads and advertising overcomes the peace. The chaos of society is unleashed on this safe haven. And then all hell breaks loose, with fast and angry guitar riffs, pounding and relentless drums, and soaring and shrieking vocals. This is Toxik’s thrash masterpiece, Think This.
This album is a technical thrash fan’s wet dream. Every aspect of this album is perfectly crafted. From the perfected thrash guitar duels of John Christian and John Donnelly, the robust bass lines of Brian Bonini, the high pitched, piercing vocals of Charles Sabin, and the furious and oppressive drumming of Tad Leger. Every part of the band comes together to create better than the sum of their parts. And the parts are pretty damn good. Nowhere is this more evidenced than in the ballad (Yes! A good thrash ballad! It exists!) There Stood the Fence. The whole band creates an emotionally moving thrash song, in fact, one of the most moving songs I’ve ever heard.

However, the band misuses one element that creates a distraction rather than enhances the album. The use of samples of commercials and TV shows. While it is handled perfectly in the opener and title track, Think This, it is screwed up in almost every other song. The best song of the album, Shotgun Logic, a song full of great riffs, drumming, and vocal work, screws up the flow with a sample of ads at the beginning of the song. It messes up the transitions, which is very distracting. And this song isn’t the only one guilty of it. Time After Time, Greed, and Machine Dream are all guilty of it. Some pull it off well, like the song Spontaneous, but the overall use could be vastly superior.
Another distracting element is the Led Zeppelin cover track, Out on the Tiles. While good, it just doesn’t feel like Toxik. However, the elements of other songs that feel reminiscent of other bands, like the Voivod-esqueness of Technical Arrogance and Machine Dream still manage to feel like Toxik.

Overall, every other aspect of the songs are flawless. If you can get over the use of ads and TV shows that disrupts the flow of the album, this is one of the best thrash metal albums ever made. It is almost a perfect album, except for a few slight missteps. Worth any metal fan’s time.

Pros:
-Astounding dual guitar work
-Soaring vocals
-Great drumming
-Robust bass

Cons:
-Distracting ads
-Subpar Zeppelin cover

Recommended Tracks:
Shotgun Logic
Think This
Machine Dream
There Stood the Fence



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gigglesdemon
May 12th 2011



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was shocked and appalled by the lack of a review for this album, so I wrote up a quick one.

KILL
May 12th 2011



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

omfg yea dude pos fuckin right on metal

pizzamachine
May 12th 2011



12568 Comments


Yes! A good thrash ballad!

Ovrot
May 12th 2011



10253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yeah!
Pos

KILL
May 12th 2011



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

plz no pizza

there stood the fence is OMFG tho

Ovrot
May 12th 2011



10253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought I rated this before.
Weird

KILL
May 12th 2011



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

real metal is getting reviewed

this is a special day

Psychopathologist
May 12th 2011



1924 Comments


album is boss

and there stood the fence is awesomeness

Gigglesdemon
May 12th 2011



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for all the positive comments! I try to review metal albums/classic rock albums that haven't been reviewed. If you have any suggestions on what I should review next, I'll be happy to take them.

Ovrot
May 12th 2011



10253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review world circus

Psychopathologist
May 12th 2011



1924 Comments


id rec you some albums to review but post-hardcore fags would rate them 2.5 and less so i better not

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 12th 2011



18197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck yes, this album rules m/

Digging: Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes

alachlahol
May 12th 2011



7422 Comments


killer

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 12th 2011



18197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review btw, have a pos.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2011



5611 Comments


good review, pos.



Oddly enough, i haven't bothered with this band, although I'm a dedicated tech-thrash junkie.

Digging: Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly

MO
May 12th 2011



17357 Comments


so good, absolutely delicious thrash

Digging: Soundtrack - Turok 2: Seeds of Evil OST

alachlahol
May 12th 2011



7422 Comments


THINK THIS

alachlahol
May 12th 2011



7422 Comments


THINK THAT

Gigglesdemon
May 12th 2011



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Voivod, I suggest checking them out. I think you would like them. I would get this one, but World Circus is still fairly kick ass.

KILL
May 13th 2011



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

aw man black and whites RIFFS



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