Machine Dream. Out on the Tiles. Shotgun Logic. Time After Time. Think That. Spotify Amazon. Spontaneous Josh Christian.
There Stood the Fence Josh Christian. A ray of sunshine melts my frown and blows my blues away, There's nothing more that I can say but on a day like today I pass the time away and walk a quiet mile with you. All I need from you is all your love, All you got to give to me is all your love, All I need from you is all your love, All you got to give to me is all your love. I'm so glad I'm living and gonna tell the world I am, I got me a fine woman and she says that I'm her man, One thing that I know for sure gonna give her all the loving Like nobody, nobody, nobody, nobody can.
Standing in the noonday sun trying to flag a ride, People go and people come, see my rider right by my side, It's a total disgrace, they set the pace, it must be a race And the only thing I can do is run. Living life through the screen, a life that is just a lie And the preacher who said he was pure And the false tears that stain the screen When he's caught with his favorite whore Time after time All my thoughts are implanted time after time All my views have been slanted A source of all the answers A cause of animosity Drugs and sex, tonight on Geraldo A morbid curiosity After all I've seen so many die - die!
I've seen our president telling lie after lie And there's third world news everyday A hunger for freedom that's needed today Time and time again we see The cycle continues Programming designed to drain The soul that's within you After all I've seen so many die - die!
Searching for the pot of gold Praying to the dollar sign We could turn black and white to gray But the bigotry and ignorance just won't go away Save the children on a distant shore When they're starving and homeless dying at our door Time after time Took my mind for granted Time after time My free will is abandoned Time after time All my thoughts are implanted Time after time - all my views.
Think This. There Stood The Fence. Black And White. Technical Arrogance. The themes of looming nuclear war and the destruction of mankind with the simple flick of a switch and greed and inhumanity and all that happy crap are thrown to the forefront, hammering you over the head with the whole "evils of the government" stuff that every thrash band seemed to be getting off on during the late 80s. This is fine, I have no qualms with the themes, but I feel like the more lifeless album was a result of the band trying to sonically match the concepts they were presenting.
But this is thrash, technical and progressive as it may be, the music doesn't lend itself to such a dry, barren production. This shit needs life , and the simple fact that it isn't overloud or brickwalled doesn't mean it isn't suffocatingly dry. Musically, I can admit there isn't anything wrong with Think This when standing on it's own.
I'm sure prog fans can love the hell out of this for how technical tracks like "Technical Arrogance" can be, and also for how calm and soothing the ballad, "There Stood the Fence" is. Personally, I hate that fucking ballad. It sounds so sappy and weak and out of place in what is otherwise a pretty rocking album as middling as it may be.
It throws the whole pace out of whack, especially when it's bookended by an ohrwurm in "Black and White" and the absolute best track on the album in "Spontaneous". Yeah I should clarify that, I don't hate this album. I think it's overrated to hell and lacks the intangibles that made World Circus so fun, but there are things I like.
The parts where the band takes a more traditional approach come across so much better than the needlessly noodly stop-start parts as well, hence why I love "Spontaneous" and "Shotgun Logic" the most. Since I brought up Sabin in that last post, I feel I really need to address some quibbles I have with he and the rabid fans of this album. Namely the fact that he's mediocre as can be. I don't deny his ability to hit a zanily stratospheric falsetto, but everything else is so goddamn average that the mere existence of them bothers me.
I mean, Sanders wasn't anything special either, but he wasn't going for this clean, melodic performance. He was an unhinged wildman, Paul Baloff on helium, so his technically "eh" performance was forgivable since he had so much character. Sabin's mid range notes might as well be him talking with a vibrato, and sometimes I could swear he gets possessed by era Joey Belladonna because he just wails on notes that sound Like they're flat, he should be juuuust a semitone higher and it'd sound fine.
Hell, on "Spontaneous" a legitimately awesome track that I adore, I should remind you all , he sounds atonal as fuck during the chorus. Actually, I think that's my main problem with him. It feels like he's wandering out of key all the time, he sings like a really slow Kerry King solo.
The latter song is catchy and all, but I don't necessarily feel that it's for the best reasons. I get that dull, descending one-phrase chorus stuck in my head whenever I listen to this album, which is more often than I'd care to because I'm always trying to convince myself that I just don't understand how great it is yet.
The more I listen to the disjointed, overly technical riffs coupled with the inconsequential songwriting and Sabin's weird warble, the more I just cement my position that Think This is I admit this may be a case of me knocking this album down a couple pegs simply because I liked the previous one so much, but fuck how could I not? Think This lacks nearly everything that made the previous album so entertaining. There's no vibrancy or life to this album, it's a strange automaton instead of this wacky carnival explosion that World Circus was.
I understand that Toxik was trying to take themselves in a different direction here, so the fact that it's different shouldn't surprise me, nor should I see it as a failure on a technical level, since they did succeed at making the much more oppressive, cerebral album they'd set out to.
Sabin's vocals irritate the hell out of me and I'll never understand why he's so universally revered, especially since this is the only album he was ever featured on, across any band.
Christian's riffs are good but have almost zero staying power and are often weird for the sake of weirdness instead of the sake of flow. I like bits of it, the bass playing is impressive and the solos are wild, and the straightforward bits are good, but there're just so many attempts at cleverness and convoluted oddities that just fall flat that I can neither enjoy this album fully, nor can I comprehend why nearly every other thrash fan on the planet can.
If this herky-jerky, broken, front loaded album with a tone deaf wailer who just happens to have crazy high range is really among the best thrash has to offer, then I'm afraid I'll have to turn in my leather jacket and cut my hair, because this just is not for me. Pretty interesting album cover I must say. Anyway, I think it's perdant to give a bit of background on the band.
Toxik hails from Peekskill, New York. They formed in , and then disbanded in ; to then re-unite in A short tour was supposed to happen in , but was cancelled due to poor management.
They are now currently writing new material and looking for a new bassist. Know Toxik now? I walked into this album with no hope at all. I heard that it was a progressive-speed-thrash metal album from the late 80s, and from an obscure band like this; it kind of spelled disaster; but i gave it a try anyway. Roadrunner releases from this time period always had awesome production, so right off the bat there was hope.
As you progress through this album you will find that all the songs are incredibly unique, and full of mind bending riffing. To me this is what is most important about thrash metal in general; is the quality of the riffing; and this album is chalk full of them.
There are definitely songs on here that will make your head bob involuntarily. The riffs are not your run of the mill 80's thrash riffing either, they are definitely interesting and fresh sounding; even after all these years.
The solo's are also very memorable, and will have you playing air guitar in no time. Toxik definitely had some very competent guitar players.
The solos are not just those shredding for the sake of shredding solos either, they really truly fit the songs, and compliment them. They wont bore you, to the point where you want the main riff to come back; no they are top notch. The bass is nice and high in the mix, which is also a treat.
The bass just doesn't follow the guitar like in most thrash, on this album its very audible and memorable, and definitely compliments the songs. Again; it's just not thrown in there for the sake of it, instead it's competently written and therefore works extremely well for the songs overall. The vocals are simply awesome.
I don't have a single bad thing to say about them. Greed works. Following the release of the album, John Donnelly joined Toxik to assist the band in their live performances.
Personally, I consider J. The album cover was created by Ed Repka and we have to talk about him at some point. Machine Dream. Out on the Tiles. Shotgun Logic. Spontaneous live. Technical Arrogance.
There Stood The Fence. Think That. Time After Time. More Albums. Think This.
Somebody To Love (Third Party Remix) - Sultan + Ned Shepard* -Vs- Thomas Sagstad Feat. Dirty Vegas -, Ein Altes Blatt - Franz Kafka - Ein Landarzt · Kleine Erzählungen (All Media, Album), Canario (Allegro Ma Non Troppo) - Pepe Romero, Joaquín Rodrigo, Sir Neville Marriner, The Academy Of, In Je Armen - Marva - 24 Suksessen (Vinyl, LP), The Future Sound Of London - Expander (Vinyl), Among Enemies - Noise Forest - Boiling Blood (CD), Mana Janab Ne Pukara Nahi - Paying Guest - Kishore Kumar - Hits Of Kishore Kumar (Vinyl, LP), Sweet Little Lord Jesus - Lloyd Reese And The Solid Rock Chorus - Peace Be (Vinyl, LP), Town Called Malice - Various - Music Factory Mastermix - Issue 153 (CD), Betty Moon - Life Is But A Dream (All Media)