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Toxicrose: In For The Kill
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Toxicrose: In For The Kill

Heavy Metal Rock
3.5/5.0

What goes around, comes around. For some bands, coming back around takes a little longer than most. Missing in action for some five years is Sweden's Toxicrose. But now the quartet returns to give us their sophomore album, In For The Kill, and their leather-clad, spikes at the ready apparel and dark foreboding eye makeup.

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Toxicrose

If you're not familiar with Toxicrose, let me give you the skinny. The band plays, essentially, heavy metal rock inspired by the classic Eighties glam and sleaze, perhaps on the bit darker size. Toxicrose works the fundamentals of tight sharp riffs, rock rhythm and groove, big guitar solos, and catchy refrains with all things wrapped in accessible song melody. As usual, the wild card is Andy Lipstixx's raw, nail-gargling, punk-like vocals. He's an acquired taste, not my favorite rock or metal singer. Nevertheless, the heavy metal rock of Toxicrose roars with Heroes, Outta Time (better vocal harmony), the title cut In For The Kill and the quite heavy and fast Domination. Like the title track from their debut album Total Tranquility, offers another lengthy rocker with Angel which, in the more speedy parts, can have something of a power metal groove.

All things considered, and in light of their previous material, In For The Kill is basically standard Toxicrose: heavy metal rock both heavy and forceful, yet with little new ground broken. Nevertheless, if you're a fan of the band, you will enjoy this album.




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The Take Away

All things considered, and in light of their previous material, In For The Kill is basically standard Toxicrose: heavy metal rock both heavy and forceful, yet with little new ground broken. Nevertheless, if you're a fan of the band, you will enjoy this album.

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