The band consists of :
Fonzo – Guitars
Ollie – Drums
Grimo – Vocals
V.T – Bass
I usually suggest you to buy an album at the end of my review, but you know what? I tell you to go order it right now! Much less disappointed, you will be left with a scintillating feel in your mind.
Right, so the album begins with “Survival Matrix”, and mark my words, for I have listened to a lot of music, that intro easily qualifies as one of the best starts to any album ever. It is packed with a powerful growl, extremely technical guitaring, constant, and unbelievably fast double kicks, with the best pig squeals I have ever heard. The song moves on to please you with some hypnotic riffage with those pig squeals that still make my ears bleed. Olli sounds like a dozen machine guns shot in beautiful synchrony and shoots at you with an unreal double bass drum roll. After that, Grimo showcases his insane lung capacity by doing some extremely tough pig squeals and Fonzo’s technical guitaring to top the list! The end of the song begins with a magnificently well placed breakdown that turns into a brutal as hell, slam fest.
Needless to say, I couldn’t wait another second to listen to the whole album! This record is perfect. Yes, the band has unanimously put in effort and excelled beyond the realms of possibility to make it this precious. Fonzo has not joined the party of random guitar wankery, although there were some crazy, ok crazy is an understatement, some “out of the world” shreds in the album, like in the song, “Abysm Nucleus”. The difference is, it is done in limits, it has a tune, and it sounds endearingly brilliant. He has also chipped in with some very good death metal riffs that are hypnotic at one time and really diabolic at another. Grimo is just is “Grim”o one could ever get! While he balances growls and pig squeals quite perfectly, the pig squeals sound phenomenal in songs like, “Survival Matrix”, “Ionosphere”, and pretty much throughout the whole album! Ollie, on the other hand as I mentioned earlier sounds unimaginably fast. Although, this is not just a constant monotonous double kick marathon. There are a lot of variations and snare madness as well. V.T in the end, but not to be forgotten, adds to the heaviness of the album. This being a technical death metal record, I did expect a bass solo or some bass-tasty lines but I wasn’t left disappointed as there was actually a tiny flash-in-a-pan bridge in “Heirs OF Downfall”.
Top three songs I recommend –
This was tough, because the whole album is a top notch masterpiece!
Frontier Of Perception – I chose this song because this song is more brutal, than technical. I always love it when a band does something different from their usual style. It begins with a brutal death metal intro with some, very weird vocals to begin with. It sounded like the pig that was squealing till now, is in fact dying! I liked it, nonetheless, since it added to the insanity. It slowly rises to some crazy, catchy death metal riffage with occasional shred outbursts. Grimo does some great gutturals which then changes to a surprising, fast flurry of pig squeals, I mean how often do you hear that?! Brutality at its best.
Heirs Of Downfall – My favorite song off the album. Explaining the intro is beyond my writing ability, it is beyond impossible. If music could get any faster, it would sound bad. This is how perfectly balanced their music is. With a death metal riff one second, and a crazy shred outburst the next, this is just mesmerizing! This song also boasts of one of the fastest double bass I’ve ever heard. I mean, even Lord Marco is now their fan and you can only imagine! This song will jolt you with an extremely fast, although tiny, bass slapping flash and insane, intricate shreds on the lead. This my friends, can only be done by Cytotoxin. Towards the end, Grimo sounds like the death metal version of Disturbed’s vocalist! This part of the album must be one of the best as it begins with a crazy slam fest that slows down gradually, maintaining the heavy sound. Its like the band has intoxicated you pretty well and youre in a trance!
Abysm Nucleus – This must be the most technical, yet brutal, intricate, beautiful, hell I could use all the positive adjectives for that intro! Shred fest, I tell you! It all of a sudden changes into a symphonic fill, very good idea and it carries the same tune. Just, magnificent musicianship. When you hear the fastest double bass, the fastest riffs, and the fastest shreds, you just have nothing more to say, other than giving a virtual standing ovation to the band.
Other deserving mentions –
The Red Forest
To sum it all up, this was the most technical music I’ve ever heard. Although the preview might have suggested a hint of guitar wankery, worry not, it is as brutal, as technical it sounds! Frankly, the most brutal music I’ve ever heard too! Although there are some out of the world paced technical brutality, there are a lot of well structured slams and breakdowns. Very diverse song structures, more over and not filled with random shreds. This music will make you headbang till you become headless Nicholas! The riffs sound so magical throughout the album, that maybe not everyone deserves to listen to music of this level! The pedestal they’re at, is sky high, and mark my words, even that is an understatement! This is a milestone in the world of death metal and an example to the rest of the bands of how to make a perfect album. Cytotoxin. Just a band of four people, or super-humans summoned by satan, to cause total debauchery in this world? You decide for they, have created history.
Rating – 10/10