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TOXIK ANNOUNCES SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR FOR AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2015

Posted On Saturday, June 13th, 2015 in News

Coming off a successful tour of 2014 -which took Toxik across several continents- Toxik has joined forces with Thrash La Union to conquer South America in 2015. Toxik will be performing with their current lineup with the following: Original Vocalist, Mike Sanders, Original Guitarist Josh Christian and Bassist Bill Bodily with special guest drummer to be announced. The band has never performed in South America and is looking forward to going to Mexico, Columbia, Equador, Chile, and Bolivia, and meeting and performing for their legions of fans for the first time. Josh Christian, founding member states: “We’ve waited for a long time to get down to our South American brothers and sisters. This will be an epic moment for us and we plan on delivering like never before. We’ll be performing the ‘World Circus’ album in its entirety with select tracks from our second release ‘Think This’ and a couple of songs off the upcoming 2016 album ’In Humanity’.” The band plans to do a meet-and-greet at every show and will be encouraging fans old and new to come out. The band is currently working on a new studio album for release in 2016. The band states: “The new record is a combination of our classic speedy technical thrash mixed with a solid dose of modern angst. Fans of old Toxik will not be disappointed and younger fans will find what we do raw and punishing!” TOUR DATES: August 27th – Jalisco, Mexico (TBA) August 28th – Mexico DF, Mexico @ Foro Alicia August 29th – Bogota, Columbia (Thrash La Union 7) @ El Subte. August 30th – Cali, Columbia (La Cruzada Del Fuego) @ Alterno Bar Sep. September 1st – Pereira, Columbia @ Oz Bat September 2nd – Ibague, Columbia (Ibague Infernal 4) September 3rd – Quito, Ecuador @ Auditorio ACJ September 4th – Santiago, Chile (Metal Forces) @ Kmazu Premiere September 5th – Cochabamba, Bolivia @ (Ex Carnivale) September 6th – Open FOR MORE INFORMATION AND UPDATES TO FOLLOW THE BAND: www.facebook.com/TOXIKMETAL twitter.com/toxikmetal instagram.com/toxikmetal...

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TOXIK 2014 SPRING UPDATE AND TOUR WRAP-UP

Posted On Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 in News

Hey everyone, Jason here……….just wanted to drop everyone a line to let you all know we are back from our first ever tour in Europe as TOXIK 2014!   We had a great time and want to thank ALL of the fans, promoters, and people who made the tour a reality, especially our booking agent Tjerk, and our man on the scene – Dennis de Meij for babysitting us and ALMOST getting us everywhere on time………well Dennis time!!  So once again we THANK YOU!!  It was a great tour, and we played out hearts out.  It was also a learning curve for the band………..we had to really learn how to work with one another, travel with one another, sleep with one another (especially when your roommate is snoring away) but we made it through, didn’t kill each other, and we look forward to the next one!!  We heard early on that some folks were upset that we didn’t just come out and play the “greatest hits” set, but we didn’t want to do that mainly for the reason that we are a NEW band that looks forward to its future (we do have that new CD coming out y’know), and didn’t want to just rest on the past – BUT in keeping with satisfying the fans………..we ARE going to play some more older stuff the next time we come back in AUGUST  of this year – so YES, we will play “Victims” and “Haunted Earth” the next time!!!  In other news, we are painstakingly trying to book some US west coast dates for the fall so please stay tuned.   We have new Euro dates up here on the “dates” section, and we also are working on a trip to China too, so we are excited to come play everywhere we can…………if you know a booking agent who wants to book TOXIK, please send an email to toxikmgmt@gmail.com So onto the website itself……we put a whole bunch of new vids up in the VIDEO section. We have added a whole bunch of new pics to the PHOTO GALLERY section so please go check those out! The WEBSTORE is going to be live later this week so you will be able finally buy shirts, hoodies, stickers, etc.  FINALLY And lastly, please don’t forget to follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/toxikmetal and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/toxikmetal Onward and Upward Thanks to all of you from...

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World Circus Review

Posted On Friday, December 6th, 2013 in News

World Circus Review

Man is a curious creature, more often than not playing the fool while thinking himself a genius in the process. In the late 80s there were many a thrash metal band trying to truly capture and even caricature this basic social axiom, culminating largely in a punk-infused version of the formerly dark and occult-obsessed original that took Malcolm “Scruff” Lewty to heart about metal lyrics being stupid. While there was nothing really wrong with taking this crossover approach, it was often done without any accounting for subtlety, much like a number of the crust punk bands who eat, drink, sleep and shit anarchy while eschewing musicality to varying degrees. For those who sought a new, intellectual angle for seeing man as the witless court jester that he is, there were few musical answers that did so in an overtly thrashing manner, and arguably the most intense and utterly insane of the pack was the New York spawned Toxik. Naturally there are some bands who had a parallel musical approach to what Toxik was experimenting with, but often didn’t match their lyrical savvy or didn’t quite commit to ruining necks to the degree necessary to rival the hardliners coming out of the Bay Area or the Teutonic scene. Agent Steel’s “Unstoppable Force” was arguably the only album from the same year to truly embody the same level of musicality and intensity, but said band was largely curious about conspiracy theories and science fiction, which I’m sure good old Scruff might not have dismissively referred to as stupid, but probably wouldn’t have deemed worthy of “the cause”. Watchtower, on the other hand, was on to generally similar lyrical subjects but never quite achieved the insatiable, thrill ride musical experience as captured on “World Circus”, though they did land quite close to the ultra-progressive territory hit on Toxik’s heavily lauded follow-up “Think This”. But historic diatribes aside, “World Circus” stands as an outright masterpiece for the issue that the previous paragraphs were dancing around, namely the musicality and intensity factor. When superimposed on the thrash style, intensity tends to lend itself to images of Dark Angel bursting out of the grave at light speed on “Darkness Descends” or Slayer cruising into the abyss on “Hell Awaits”, or even bullets flying at high velocity in rapid succession as on Sodom’s “Persecution Mania”. The album in question manages to frequently hit such level of intensity, but also does so with a stalwartly power metal character, namely on “Door To Hell” and “False Prophets” where the same level of speed and fury comes with a high pitched banshee wail that matches that puts Warrel Dane and Geoff Tate on notice and a riff set that is melodically closer to the older Iron Maiden paradigm and sugared over with a lot of technical gymnastics. The whole of this album doesn’t really qualify as progressive in the same way as the one that followed it would, as even the slower material on here follows a fairly methodical, straight-line formula that is simply sexed up with fancier detailing. “Social Overload” presents a sort of upper mid-tempo rocker with a side order of Judas Priest that is more power metal than thrash, but still manages to come off as animated and busy in spite of playing off a simpler...

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TOXIK Releases First Song Snippet Off Upcoming Album

Posted On Saturday, July 27th, 2013 in News

TOXIK Releases First Song Snippet Off Upcoming Album

Reactivated cult classic prog-thrashers TOXIK have released a snippet of their first recorded song in twenty-four years. The fifty-second clip, which is available for streaming using the SoundCloud widget below, is a rough pre-mix demo — without vocals — of “Crooked Crosses” off the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 1989’s “Think This”. TOXIK’s founding member and lead guitarist Josh Christian comments on the new music: “I know it’s been a long time, and one of the things I always think about is my own reaction when I hear about older bands recording. It’s, like, ‘Oh, no… not again,’ because, let’s be honest, it’s usually an underwhelming listen and a lot of times it kills the band’s legacy for the fans. But I have a feeling that people are going to be surprised by the intensity and power of our new material. The songwriting demos, which are really just me arranging the parts and programming drums, have been getting rave reviews from random listeners in the band’s circle… It’s so inspiring for us. We haven’t spun off into nu-metal and we aren’t trying to rewrite ‘World Circus’. It’s definitely TOXIK, but it isn’t your dad’s version.” TOXIK recently announced the addition of SHADOWS FALL drummerJason Bittner to the group’s ranks. Hailing from New York’s Hudson Valley area, TOXIK released a pair of classic thinking-man’s thrash metal albums in the late ’80s. An upstart record label named Roadrunner Records (later home to SLIPKNOT andNICKELBACK) released the band’s two astounding masterworks, 1988’s”World Circus” and 1989’s “Think This”. Both releases saw TOXIK take the aggression and brutality of speed metal and mix it with the technicality and proficiency of progressive hard rock. TOXIK left the Hudson Valley region and toured the United States and the world, playing shows with the likes of PANTERA, SEPULTURA, EXODUS,KING DIAMOND and others in their quest for metal ascendancy before their premature implosion in 1992. TOXIK released a DVD, “Think Again”, in August 2010. The set contained both vintage and brand new never-before-seen footage. The main feature was a 1989 headlining set from the Paramount Theater in TOXIK’s hometown of Peekskill, New York. This performance came shortly after the release of “World Circus” and the energy level of the band wa truly at its peak for TOXIK’s first headlining show. The DVD contains all the tracks from “World Circus” and an early version of “Spontaneous” that later appeared on “Think This”....

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TOXIK Singer Interviewed By METAL RULES! TV (VIDEO)

Posted On Saturday, July 27th, 2013 in News

TOXIK Singer Interviewed By METAL RULES! TV (VIDEO)

Metal Rules! TV recently conducted an interview with vocalist Mike Sanders of reactivated cult classic prog-thrashers TOXIK. You can now watch the chat below. TOXIK has announced the addition of SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner to the group’s ranks. Guitarist and founding member Josh Christian commented on Bittner’s addition: “I couldn’t have hoped for a better situation. Jason is probably the best case scenario in every respect. Not only is he a sick drummer, but he’s a thinker and a creative force.” Stated Bittner: “I initially met [former TOXIK drummer] Tad [Leger] at aDEATH ANGEL show back in 1990 shortly after seeing TOXIK for the first time. I recognized him, struck up a conversation and the next thing you know I was at his place taking lessons from him. Over the years, we became very good friends, trading shows with our local bands at the time, etc., and we’ve stayed close while I traveled the world, building my career with SHADOWS FALL. “For me, this is a big deal because I get to play in one of my favorite bands from my youth, and I get a chance to help preserve my friend’s legacy.” Christian and Sanders recently began pre-production work on the vocals at Josh’s home studio. TOXIK is hopeful to have the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 1992’s critically acclaimed LP “Think This” ready for release late fall. Christian commented: “It was great getting together with Mike. Nothing’s changed — he can still totally kill it — so it’s going to be a lot of fun recording this album!” Hailing from New York’s Hudson Valley area, TOXIK released a pair of classic thinking-man’s thrash metal albums in the late ’80s. An upstart record label named Roadrunner Records (later home to SLIPKNOT andNICKELBACK) released the band’s two astounding masterworks, 1988’s”World Circus” and 1989’s “Think This”. Both releases saw TOXIK take the aggression and brutality of speed metal and mix it with the technicality and proficiency of progressive hard rock. TOXIK left the Hudson Valley region and toured the United States and the world, playing shows with the likes of PANTERA, SEPULTURA, EXODUS,KING DIAMOND and others in their quest for metal ascendancy before their premature implosion in 1992. TOXIK released a DVD, “Think Again”, in August 2010. The set contained both vintage and brand new never-before-seen footage. The main feature was a 1989 headlining set from the Paramount Theater in TOXIK’s hometown of Peekskill, New York. This performance came shortly after the release of “World Circus” and the energy level of the band wa truly at its peak for TOXIK’s first headlining show. The DVD contains all the tracks from “World Circus” and an early version of “Spontaneous” that later appeared on “Think This”....

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TOXIK Taps SHADOWS FALL Drummer

Posted On Saturday, July 27th, 2013 in News

TOXIK Taps SHADOWS FALL Drummer

Reactivated cult classic prog-thrashers TOXIK have announced the addition of SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner to the group’s ranks. Guitarist and founding member Josh Christian comments on Bittner’s addition: “I couldn’t have hoped for a better situation. Jason is probably the best case scenario in every respect. Not only is he a sick drummer, but he’s a thinker and a creative force.” States Bittner: “I initially met [former TOXIK drummer] Tad [Leger] at aDEATH ANGEL show back in 1990 shortly after seeing TOXIK for the first time. I recognized him, struck up a conversation and the next thing you know I was at his place taking lessons from him. Over the years, we became very good friends, trading shows with our local bands at the time, etc., and we’ve stayed close while I traveled the world, building my career with SHADOWS FALL. “For me, this is a big deal because I get to play in one of my favorite bands from my youth, and I get a chance to help preserve my friend’s legacy.” Christian and singer Mike Sanders recently began pre-production work on the vocals at Josh’s home studio. TOXIK is hopeful to have the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 1992’s critically acclaimed LP “Think This” ready for release late fall. Christian comments: “It was great getting together with Mike. Nothing’s changed — he can still totally kill it — so it’s going to be a lot of fun recording this album!” Hailing from New York’s Hudson Valley area, TOXIK released a pair of classic thinking-man’s thrash metal albums in the late ’80s. An upstart record label named Roadrunner Records (later home to SLIPKNOT andNICKELBACK) released the band’s two astounding masterworks, 1988’s”World Circus” and 1989’s “Think This”. Both releases saw TOXIK take the aggression and brutality of speed metal and mix it with the technicality and proficiency of progressive hard rock. TOXIK left the Hudson Valley region and toured the United States and the world, playing shows with the likes of PANTERA, SEPULTURA, EXODUS,KING DIAMOND and others in their quest for metal ascendancy before their premature implosion in 1992. TOXIK released a DVD, “Think Again”, in August 2010. The set contained both vintage and brand new never-before-seen footage. The main feature was a 1989 headlining set from the Paramount Theater in TOXIK’s hometown of Peekskill, New York. This performance came shortly after the release of “World Circus” and the energy level of the band wa truly at its peak for TOXIK’s first headlining show. The DVD contains all the tracks from “World Circus” and an early version of “Spontaneous” that later appeared on “Think This”....

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TOXIK Begins Vocal Pre-Production On New Album

Posted On Saturday, July 27th, 2013 in News

Reactivated cult classic prog-thrashers TOXIK are currently seeking a full-time drummer for recording and live performances. Guitarist Josh Christiancomments on the hunt: “We’ve written a dozen plus songs for the record and we need to get the rhythm section fleshed out. Tad [Leger] is definitely going forward with LUCERTOLA so we need a recording and touring drummer — someone with precision, speed and imagination.” Christian and singer Mike Sanders recently began pre-production work on the vocals at Josh’s home studio. TOXIK is hopeful to have the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 1992’s critically acclaimed LP “Think This” ready for release late fall. Christian comments: “It was great getting together withMike. Nothing’s changed — he can still totally kill it — so it’s going to be a lot of fun recording this album!” Hailing from New York’s Hudson Valley area, TOXIK released a pair of classic thinking-man’s thrash metal albums in the late ’80s. An upstart record label named Roadrunner Records (later home to SLIPKNOT andNICKELBACK) released the band’s two astounding masterworks, 1988’s”World Circus” and 1989’s “Think This”. Both releases saw TOXIK take the aggression and brutality of speed metal and mix it with the technicality and proficiency of progressive hard rock. TOXIK left the Hudson Valley region and toured the United States and the world, playing shows with the likes of PANTERA, SEPULTURA, EXODUS,KING DIAMOND and others in their quest for metal ascendancy before their premature implosion in 1992. TOXIK released a DVD, “Think Again”, in August 2010. The set contained both vintage and brand new never-before-seen footage. The main feature was a 1989 headlining set from the Paramount Theater in TOXIK’s hometown of Peekskill, New York. This performance came shortly after the release of “World Circus” and the energy level of the band wa truly at its peak for TOXIK’s first headlining show. The DVD contains all the tracks from “World Circus” and an early version of “Spontaneous” that later appeared on “Think This”....

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TOXIK To Make Another Reunion Attempt

Posted On Saturday, July 27th, 2013 in News

TOXIK To Make Another Reunion Attempt

Legendary cult prog-thrashers TOXIK have announced their reactivation. After an aborted attempt at a reunion in 2007, founding member Josh Christian has revealed TOXIK is once again active and ready for live action as well as preparing to work on a new full-length album. Christian comments: “I’ve been writing this crazy heavy stuff for the last year. In 2007 when we got together, the absence of new material made the reunion feel more like jam sessions. This time around its based like it was originally on a collection of songs with a vibe. The plan is record and perform” Vocalist Mike Sanders and bassist Brian Bonini have also committed to taking part in the TOXIK reunion. However, the band is on the hunt for a drummer, as original drummer Tad Leger will not be joining the proggy armada in their resurrection. Christian had this to say about Leger’s absence: “Tad is on the verge of something killer with his doom project/band LUCERTOLA. It’s his baby as he writes the material and plays guitar essentially leading the band. We had planned on finishing the LUCERTOLA disc together and then beginning work on a TOXIK disc — at least that was discussed — but the reality is he can’t walk away from his art, and I totally respect that decision, we all do. I’m still hoping Tad shows up on at least one track but either way best of luck to my brother Tad Leger and LUCERTOLA.” Hailing from New York’s Hudson Valley area, TOXIK released a pair of classic thinking-man’s thrash metal albums in the late ’80s. An upstart record label named Roadrunner Records (later home to SLIPKNOT and NICKELBACK) released the band’s two astounding masterworks, 1988’s “World Circus” and 1989’s “Think This”. Both releases saw TOXIK take the aggression and brutality of speed metal and mix it with the technicality and proficiency of progressive hard rock. TOXIK left the Hudson Valley region and toured the United States and the world, playing shows with the likes of PANTERA, SEPULTURA, EXODUS, KING DIAMOND and others in their quest for metal ascendancy before their premature implosion in 1992. TOXIK released a DVD, “Think Again”, in August 2010. The set contained both vintage and brand new never-before-seen footage. The main feature was a 1989 headlining set from the Paramount Theater in TOXIK’s hometown of Peekskill, New York. This performance came shortly after the release of “World Circus” and the energy level of the band wa truly at its peak for TOXIK’s first headlining show. The DVD contains all the tracks from “World Circus” and an early version of “Spontaneous” that later appeared on “Think This”.  ...

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