For some strange reason, Norway has become a haven for new, oldschool speed / thrash metal. And we’re not talking polished modern “retro thrash” here – bands like Nekromantheon, Condor, Deathhammer, Inculter and so on sound like they actually existed during the early to mid-eighties, yet in a parallel dimension that was not accessible until recently. They live, breathe and exude filthy, authentic, hellblazing THRASH like there was no tomorrow, and each with a strong identity of their own. The latest addition to this havoc wreaking crew are TOXIK DEATH, who with their fullength debut Speed Metal Hell frankly eat polished modern “retro thrash” posers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not before running them over, thrashing the shit out of them and pissing on their corpses of course. There’s something inherently malignant about this west Norwegian fivepiece, as if the record’s about to spin out of control, fling itself off your turntable and slash your throat. Taking their influences from the early to mid eighties speed and thrash metal of Germany and South America in particular and adding a very potent mix of something very foul, nasty and completely their own, Toxik Death ups the ante on how vital and authentic oldschool thrash can be in an age where plastic, pitch perfect and piss poor seems to be the order of the day. Never mind what year it is – Speed Metal Hell awaits!