Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
TOXIKULL is a quartet that hails from Cascais, Portugal, and back in late March, the band issued its newest EP release, ‘The Nightraiser‘.
The six-song album was unleashed via Mosher / Firecum Records and it is a masterful blast of metal influenced by the old-school era. That means that it’s quite easy to discern a plethora of stylistic elements, ones derived only by taking in huge amounts of the classics like Judas Priest, Helloween, or Accept.
With a blistering, breakneck riffing propelling them and bolstered by piston-pumping rhythms and over-the-top vocals, these songs strike without mercy. Five originals: “Nightraiser“, “Surrender Or Die“, “Hellmaster“, “Freedom To Kill” and “Satan Bloody Satan” are fierce neck wreckers. The EP ends on quite a high note too, one that sees TOXIKULL take on the cut “Rocker” from the pre-Guns & Roses band, Hollywood Rose.
Furiously firing on all cylinders amid a frenzied flurry of fiery guitars and machine-gun drumming, TOXIKULL pulls out all the stops for their sophomore outing. Wave after wave of high-velocity shredding cuts loose and just when you think the band has reached their fastest, they pop the clutch and careen headlong into overdrive.
Take TOXIKULL and their EP, ‘The Nightraiser’, out for a spin now via the stream provided below.