FREAKINGS - Toxic EndFREAKINGS
Toxic End
Independent
2017

Back in the 2000s, there was a bit of a resurgence of the thrash style of metal, with bands like Havok and Municipal Waste and others resurrecting not only the music, but also the aesthetic that came with it. It was dubbed “re-thrash”, and had its share of detractors from the metal nerds (which I could see their point; why listen to something that sounds like Exodus, when you can just listen to Exodus? And so on…). Personally, I reveled in the sudden resurgence of not only new, younger and hungry thrash bands, but also the way it kicked the old guard in the rear end when it came to getting back to their roots since the great Metal Dark Age that was the 1990s. It may have been played by bands who weren’t even alive in the 1980s, but boy were they a much-needed shot of \,,/METAL\,,/ adrenaline at a time when it seemed metalcore was the only thing going.

Which brings us to the band FreaKings. Hailing from Switzerland, this is a band that, for whatever reason, managed to escape my notice until just recently, when i happened upon them mentioned at the Christian Metal Distro page, and was able to purchase the download of their third album Toxic End off of Amazon. And holy bovine, what was I missing all this time.

From the opening track “Hell On Earth”, right through to the ending cut “No More Excuses”, Toxic End is a barrage of unrelenting thrash metal played fast, loose and heavy. There are some good riffs employed, and more than a few rather tasty rhythms and hooks thrown in to make things a lot more interesting than your standard thrash collection. The vocals use the standard throaty, raspy shout with a snarl type, giving the band a strong comparison to that of Municipal Waste, Havok and Toxic Holocaust.

Overall, while it didn’t change my world as much as some of the classic releases in thrash’s golden age, but in the desert of good metal, Toxic End is an oasis of thrash goodness. I’m going to have to see about acquiring their previous two releases now. Recommended.

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