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Think This

Toxik

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Like many late-'80s metal outfits, New York's Toxik took such a cerebral approach to music that their songs often came across sounding like boring math problems or history classes instead of exhilarating art lessons. They even named their second and final album from 1989 Think This -- perhaps because they already anticipated that simply "listening to this" might not be enough. Well OK, surely not, but too much thinking is exactly what's required from all those who would dare to approach incredibly overwrought and stylistically scattered dexterity exercises such as "Greed," "Shotgun Logic," and the perfectly titled, inadvertently self-descriptive "Technical Arrogance." All are reminiscent of contemporary bands like Watchtower, Non-Fiction, and Hades, in that the duress of deciphering their Byzantine arrangements is possibly only less challenging than withstanding the high-pitched, glass-shattering vocal style (here shrieked by one Charles Sabin) that was so popular in those days. Elsewhere, Toxik also take some inspiration from local heroes Anthrax on thrashier but somewhat atonal numbers like "Black and White" and the title track; rarely hesitate to interject synths into the mix when they feel like it; surprisingly cover Led Zeppelin III's "Out on the Tiles" (terribly!); and arguably sound most at ease on the unusually deliberate and melodic trad-metal departure, "There Stood the Fence" (more fluid in style, à la Queensrÿche or Fifth Angel). And then there's the final "shred" element provided by the group's chief architect, Josh Christian, whose dazzling fretwork gymnastics may offer entertainment enough in spite of the songwriting deficiencies cited above. In short, although it's abundantly clear why Toxik's music failed miserably from a commercial point of view, there's bound to be something worthwhile here for progressive metal fans looking for performance as much as actual songwriting.
© Eduardo Rivadavia /TiVo

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1
Think This (Album Version)
00:05:37

Tom Morris, Producer, Mixer - Toxik, MainArtist - Josh Christian, Composer, Lyricist - Charles Sabin, Lyricist

© 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V.

2
Greed (Album Version)
00:04:09

Tom Morris, Producer, Mixer - Toxik, MainArtist - Josh Christian, Composer, Lyricist - Charles Sabin, Lyricist

© 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V.

3
Spontaneous (Album Version)
00:05:09

Tom Morris, Producer, Mixer - Toxik, MainArtist - Josh Christian, Composer, Lyricist

© 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V.

4
There Stood the Fence (Album Version)
00:04:43

Tom Morris, Producer, Mixer - Toxik, MainArtist - Josh Christian, Composer, Lyricist

© 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V.

5
Black and White (Album Version)
00:05:10

Tom Morris, Producer, Mixer - Toxik, MainArtist - Josh Christian, Composer, Lyricist

© 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V.

6
Technical Arrogance (Album Version)
00:05:24

Tom Morris, Producer, Mixer - Toxik, MainArtist - Josh Christian, Composer, Lyricist - Brian Bonini, Composer - Tad Leger, Composer

© 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V.

7
WIr NJnB / In God (Album Version)
00:05:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Tom Morris, Producer, Mixer - Toxik, MainArtist - Josh Christian, Composer, Lyricist - Brian Bonini, Composer

© 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V.

8
Machine Dream (Album Version) Explicit
00:04:26

Tom Morris, Producer, Mixer - Toxik, MainArtist - Josh Christian, Composer, Lyricist

© 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V.

9
Out on the Tiles (Album Version)
00:03:05

Robert Plant, Composer, Lyricist - Jimmy Page, Composer, Lyricist - John Bonham, Composer, Lyricist - John Paul Jones, Composer, Lyricist - Tom Morris, Producer, Mixer - Toxik, MainArtist

© 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V.

10
Shotgun Logic (Album Version)
00:05:14

Tom Morris, Producer, Mixer - Toxik, MainArtist - Josh Christian, Composer, Lyricist - Charles Sabin, Lyricist

© 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V.

11
Time After Time (Album Version)
00:04:54

Tom Morris, Producer, Mixer - Toxik, MainArtist - Josh Christian, Composer, Lyricist - Charles Sabin, Lyricist - Brian Bonini, Lyricist - Tad Leger, Lyricist

© 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V.

12
Think That (Album Version)
00:00:26

Tom Morris, Producer, Mixer - Toxik, MainArtist - Josh Christian, Composer, Lyricist

© 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1989 The All Blacks B.V. Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V. Roadrunner Records is a registered trademark of The All Blacks B.V.

Album Description

Like many late-'80s metal outfits, New York's Toxik took such a cerebral approach to music that their songs often came across sounding like boring math problems or history classes instead of exhilarating art lessons. They even named their second and final album from 1989 Think This -- perhaps because they already anticipated that simply "listening to this" might not be enough. Well OK, surely not, but too much thinking is exactly what's required from all those who would dare to approach incredibly overwrought and stylistically scattered dexterity exercises such as "Greed," "Shotgun Logic," and the perfectly titled, inadvertently self-descriptive "Technical Arrogance." All are reminiscent of contemporary bands like Watchtower, Non-Fiction, and Hades, in that the duress of deciphering their Byzantine arrangements is possibly only less challenging than withstanding the high-pitched, glass-shattering vocal style (here shrieked by one Charles Sabin) that was so popular in those days. Elsewhere, Toxik also take some inspiration from local heroes Anthrax on thrashier but somewhat atonal numbers like "Black and White" and the title track; rarely hesitate to interject synths into the mix when they feel like it; surprisingly cover Led Zeppelin III's "Out on the Tiles" (terribly!); and arguably sound most at ease on the unusually deliberate and melodic trad-metal departure, "There Stood the Fence" (more fluid in style, à la Queensrÿche or Fifth Angel). And then there's the final "shred" element provided by the group's chief architect, Josh Christian, whose dazzling fretwork gymnastics may offer entertainment enough in spite of the songwriting deficiencies cited above. In short, although it's abundantly clear why Toxik's music failed miserably from a commercial point of view, there's bound to be something worthwhile here for progressive metal fans looking for performance as much as actual songwriting.
© Eduardo Rivadavia /TiVo

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