Toxik
Dis Morta



Release Date: 08/05/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What.the.

This review could start off with any number of tropes. It could rehash the observation that the bar for progressive and technical metal has been raised continuously over the past years up to the point where you wonder how many notches upwards are yet to follow before the trend starts reversing but anyway, not today with THIS release, and what with those legacy bands stepping up their game, etcetera. Or it could kick off with a good old proverb like, say, 'Good things come to those who wait'. Now you and I know proverbs have a way of being completely unreliable, but this one might just fit our particular case and work to round up the intro in the process. So there: the wait has been long, it is over, something good has come. We finally have a new Toxik full-length to discuss, let's not waste more of our precious time.

Any elaborate analysis runs the risk of playing down the merits of the album, so I hope to keep this as succinct as possible. In short: Dis Morta is GOOD, and it really does pick up where Think This left off - in my modest opinion at least. From the ominous recitation of Deuteronomy verses in the title track up to the last seconds of closer 'Judas', the objective clearly is to take no prisoners and leave no survivors. This is progressive technical thrash extravaganza, lush and layered, baroque and ingenious, all in being recognizably Toxik, signalling that the band in its present crystallized setup (3.0? 4.0?) is ready to take on the rest of the third millennium - while many of us did not think that such a development was even possible.

Technical skill is not an issue, nor are song writing or lyrical proficiency. James DeMaria (drums) and Shane Boulos (bass) effortlessly manage a massive rhythm section, new voice Ron Iglesias has the range to comfortably fit in both Mike Sanders and Charles Sabin with extra breathing space left (a bit of hyperbole never hurt anyone); whereas original mastermind and guitar wizard Josh Christian continues to do what he knows best: combining, blending and layering genres, scales, themes, melodies, harmonies so as to craft songs that are at once musical stories, societal pamphlets and technical joyrides, each with their own gist and standout moments.

Standout moments? I am baffled, for instance, by the dramatic effect injected by the Christmas carol style vocal bridge into the otherwise epic and monumental build-up of title track 'Dis Morta'; and similarly by how the oriental lullaby-themed bridge in 'Feeding Frenzy' lifts up the track to a new level of shred. I am charmed by the beautiful melody and harmonies of 'Chasing Mercury'. I am puzzled by how 'Hyper Reality' - most likely my favourite here, if pressed - oozes with progressive alienation and intrigue. I am mesmerized by the vertiginous, spiralling design of 'Creating The Abyss'. I am blown away by the guitar lead intro to 'Power' and the uncanny speeds of 'Straight Razor' (still not sure what hit me there). And I am as endeared by the Queen-style piano intro to 'Devil In The Mirror' as I am awestruck by that track's riff attack and solo section.

All this being said, my personal rating of the album is based most of all on its superb replay value as a whole rather than as a collection of tracks that may all be memorable in themselves. As for production: for an album written as densely as this, the mix is accordingly rich and full; to my ears at least, all the instruments stand out nicely. Guitar nerds and metalheads will have a field day with this record, regardless. And then we haven't even started talking lyrical content.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DePlazz
August 4th 2022


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Some friends are receiving their pre-ordered copies today, so I guess this is officially out. Listen up y'all.

Pikazilla
August 4th 2022


23601 Comments


so how biased is this five

i'm a fan of the band as well

TheAntichrist
August 4th 2022


3818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

'think this' is probably the most overrated thrash ablum in history



also there's no way this is a 5 the three songs i can access via youtube aren't even that gud

DePlazz
August 4th 2022


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@pika no bias at all.

@antichrist a 2.0 rating based on 3 yt tracks? That's pretty interesting.

TheAntichrist
August 4th 2022


3818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

world circus is all you need from toxik according to my self-funded totally unbiased clinical trial

Space Jester
August 4th 2022


10290 Comments


How can an album be the most overrated in history when it isn’t even out yet

TheAntichrist
August 4th 2022


3818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i said 'think this' ya donut

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2022


17872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The singles got me interested, I'll definitely take a peek.

Feels like you're a fan and that's obviously not a bad thing. Have a toxik pos, mate.

Source
August 4th 2022


19560 Comments


forgot this was releasing soon

Space Jester
August 4th 2022


10290 Comments


“i said 'think this' ya donut“

o trve

ur wrong tho

TheAntichrist
August 4th 2022


3818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i'm not always right, but i'm never wrong

DePlazz
August 4th 2022


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Feels like you're a fan and that's obviously not a bad thing."

Thanks Notrap. There's obviously some bias in the fact that I prefer reviewing music I'm a fan of, on the other hand I like to think that it's the music being really good that makes me a fan. World Circus and Think This were absolutely classic releases and I honestly think this (pun intended) is on a par with those two.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
August 4th 2022


22378 Comments


boomer thrash bands and the worst album art you’ve ever seen, name a better combo.

ThyCrossAwaits
August 4th 2022


3683 Comments


The art isn’t anything amazing, but worst art I’ve ever seen? Nooooooo way.

FreakMachine
August 4th 2022


508 Comments


Was super excited for this

combustion07
August 4th 2022


10593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DWAAMNN you hit it with the 5?!?

Good review man! Pos'd. You've got me pretty hyped to check this out. As a guitar nerd myself at the very least I have very high hopes for the fretwork on this thing

MrSirLordGentleman
August 4th 2022


15284 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Artwork sucks, unlike Think This' which is one of the best ones ever

DePlazz
August 4th 2022


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Except in this case the artwork does not have to make up for mediocre music or songwriting. Quite the contrary in fact.

DePlazz
August 4th 2022


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@combustion yeah man, if you're into guitars like me there's a good chance you'll be scratching your head on several occasions

Casavir
August 4th 2022


5177 Comments


"'think this' is probably the most overrated thrash ablum in history"

Not even close, holy shit



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