Cytotoxin
Nuklearth


4.5
superb

Review

by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR (72 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2020 | 108 replies


Release Date: 08/21/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: *** WARNING *** RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Finding the greatest extreme metal band of the past decade is obviously a subjective exercise. If we ask a hundred people, with a substantiated opinion, we will probably get sixty different answers. Extreme metal is essentially a musical expression of niches, being almost impossible to find generalized consensus. However, if we ask any metaller, minimally aware of what has been going on, which is the most radioactive band of the last decade, we'll get a unanimous answer: Cytotoxin. A collective whose concept revolves around Chernobyl's nuclear disaster deserves this distinctive recognition. Their radioactive thematic places the band at the top of mind of many brutal death metal listeners, more accustomed to themes related to severe sexual perversion or putrefaction of the flesh. It's true that the concept is somewhat restrictive in the long run, but if we consider these guys don't yearn to be mainstream rock stars, it looks like they hit the jackpot.

Stylistically, Cytotoxin moves through brutal technical death metal grounds, with a taste for sweep picking and dynamic vocals, a bit like Benighted's Julien. Technically, they're among the best of their kind, with all musicians being at the top of the food chain, but here technique works in benefit of the song, and not the other way around. This songwriting focus was what excited me most in their 2012 sophomore release Radiophobia, one of the best extreme metal albums of the year, also responsible for catapulting the band to the forefront of the genre. Although the following release Gammageddon delivered strong highlights, such as 'Radiatus Generis', it didn't impress me the same way. However, looking back now, maybe it was an inevitable step towards a more comprehensive approach. I wouldn't call it a transitional album, but I felt the band hadn't embraced its full potential.

Something they would fully achieve three years later.

Let me start by saying that not only do I think Nuklearth is the best album the band has ever recorded, I also feel it will become a seminal album of its kind. Not for its irreverence or originality, but for its creative maturity and engaging songwriting. A song like 'Dominus' mirrors that maturity splendidly, either through its mesmerizing lead harmony or via its radioactive riffs that swing through several tempos. The lads are at the top of their game, diving gracefully into a wider pool. The album offers overwhelming choruses as in 'Lupus Aurora', 'Uran Breath' or 'Drown in Havoc', with the latter also featuring an interesting solo, being one of the best tracks on the album. Warp drive blast beats, massive breakdowns, dazzling sweep picking, lethal riffs, you name it. Nuklearth encapsulates the band's entire radioactive recipe with amazing mastery. The inclusion of slower tracks like 'Soul Harvester' and 'Nuklearth' helps to balance the listening, with the former even serving as a resting point during the journey. Consistency and artistic direction are absolute, to the point of feeling that sometimes we are experiencing a unique composition, with twelve movements. This kind of cohesion only occurs when we're facing a force in its full artistic maturity. Opener 'Atomb', with its catchy tremolo picking, is also a good example of this sapient approach.

Just like Reign Supreme or Monolith of Inhumanity in the past decade, Nuklearth has the potential to become a reference of its kind in this new cycle. It is a testimony of a band at its peak, confident in its ability, without fear of broadening its sound. Only time will tell if it turns out to be the band's magnum opus, meanwhile, let’s all bow before the most radioactive band of 2020. After all, the Geiger counter never lies.



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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

MASSIVE jam



Full stream:

http://uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nuklearth

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Evok
August 22nd 2020


8022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I remember Gammageddon being no fun, but that was years ago and my opinions might be different now. Will jam this for sure.

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nuklearth is significantly better, in my opinion

Evok
August 22nd 2020


8022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude this absolutely SLAPS! Im smiling ear to ear right now as Dominus is rinsing out.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, Dominus goes damn hard

Thranth
August 22nd 2020


304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gonna check this out now. The half Cyrillic / half English on the album cover is fucking with my head

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There's also a bilingual narrative on the album

Thranth
August 22nd 2020


304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool cool. Hey question for you. How do you add favorite bands on your profile? Clicking on the "click here" doesnt actually do anything for me.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I honestly don’t remember, I did it like ten years ago

Atari
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2020


26039 Comments


Looking forward to hearing this. Can’t end my 2020 dm binge until the quality slows down which it seems to have no signs of doing

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good to see you diving into death metal. If you wish, check the new Expander, quality cyberthrash punk. The album deserves a review.

MikeyPalmice
August 22nd 2020


77 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Drown in Havoc so damn good

parksungjoon
August 22nd 2020


21766 Comments


hey i remember this band

kind of

never a fan of the whole using cyrillic letters incorrectly though

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2020


11760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't jammed these guys since I rep'd Radiophobia back in my plug.dj days, before I even joined Sput. Might be time to try them out again, I hardly remember them.



Good write-up pal, I like seeing stuff put up for techy things.

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man. Their DNA remains the same, but they spread their wings with this album. Take a peek, I think you'll enjoy it.

"Drown in Havoc so damn good"

That's a fact. It's my favorite along with Dominus.

Evok
August 22nd 2020


8022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Instant 5??? m/

jemaiseyeti
August 22nd 2020


101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I do miss the brie on this one

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Indeed Evok, this is classic stuff

Anthracks
August 23rd 2020


6603 Comments


good to see a tech band getting some unanimous love

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Ryus
August 23rd 2020


20291 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this looks good

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