TOXICON – PURGE
I had never heard of Victorian metal band Toxicon until I was handed their debut album PURGE for review. It was quiet the pleasure listening to the 52 minute , 11 song album.
Ever since they formed in 2014, they have been working hard, they hail from a few places in Victoria. Geelong, Melbourne, and Ballarat, and they all met at a YMCA.
Their album isn’t just an album, it’s a story. It follows the Harbinger, Toxicon’s own take on the four horsemen of the apocalypse and the fifth being Harbinger. The album artwork that follows with this is amazingly well designed. It has all four horsemen Death, Pestilence, War and Famine against the newly fifth, Harbinger. Glowing and emitting a light as if trying to fight a struggle between his purpose and conscience.
It gets even better, the album’s music is as hard hitting as the album cover. The first song I heard, Heroes of the Deluge has a softer tone that just plays so well for an intro. I believe this is the right intro for this particular song, it’s like you’re falling and then Thomas Nunan (drummer )drops his drum beat to catch you on his apocalyptic horse and your ears are ripped off and taken away by Adam Esposti and Paul Jones when you hear the great riffs they produce. Only to then hear the bass tones of Jacob Maloney and the ripping vocals of Wayne Clarris and they all just match perfectly with one another to create a high-quality song that melts your ears, it all combines together and the finished song reminds me of something from the eighties heavy metal scene.
It ends with quietness like Wayne is whispering directly to you, letting you know there is more and to just wait… and then the second song kicks in, Deadly Sins starts off with Adam and Paul just with a classic and great riff, that’s one riff I loved to hear, the heavy vocals and whole synergy of the song combine perfectly continuing that whole eighties metal vibe with so much stuff just thrown in from all areas it just combines so well.
This is metal music at its best.
Then Wall Of Mirrors played and I was hooked this album is great, This is an album anyone who loves pure metal will enjoy, Toxicon did an amazing job. It’s like I’m in the eighties, with all the headbanging and pure anarchy that ensues.
I was hooked after hearing just three tracks. I personally want this album myself now and anyone who loves the metal scene should come see these local boys Wayne, Adam, Paul , Jacob and Thomas from Victoria on their east coast tour. This would be the time to show them your love for their music. So that way we hear more from them
TOXICON tour times and Dates are below.
Sat Aug 12 The Loft 58 Liebig St, Warrnambool www.theloftbar.com.au $10. 7.30pm
Sat Aug 20 Music Man Mega Store 264 Hargreaves St, Bendigo musicmanmegastore.com.au $10.
Fri Sep 2 The Basement 2 Cohen St, Belconnen thebasementcanberra.com.au $10. 7.30pm
Sat Sep 3 The Bald Faced Stag 345 Parramatta Rd, Sydney www.baldfacedstag.com.au $10. 7.30pm
Fri Sep 9 Reverence Hotel 28 Napier St, Fitzroy www.reverencehotel.com $15. 7.30pm
Sat Sep 10 Barwon Club Hotel 509 Moorabool St, Geelong www.barwonclub.com.au $15. 7.30pm