Toxic Waltz: The Night of the Living Oldmen

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Toxic Waltz: Night of the Living Oldmen
Thrash Metal
Self-release
October 24th, 2013
Release length: 11:47
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2009 not only saw the birth of the German Thrash Metal group Toxic Waltz, but also saw the formation of a four-piece with the exact same name in Spain. This version of Toxic Waltz has a similar history of silence up until 2013, which saw the release of their first demo titled The Night of the Living Oldmen, which has been made available for free as a digital download through their official Bandcamp page. But is it even worth checking out, or is this a release that is left free for a reason other than trying to get their music out to a wider audience?

Night of the Living Oldmen has a rawer touch to the digital production, carrying a thick audio quality from the buzzing of the distortion used, and the loud bone-rattling bass guitar. The drums come through well enough, though a bit buried in the mix at times. This gives the recording a sound closer to the ending times of the analog studios, as if something torn from the very late nineties, beefing up the material a little more than it probably would have been if handled as a straight digital studio recording. “Octogenarian Violence” shows this right away thanks to the pulsing bass presence in the chorus, though the incredibly low tuning does get annoying in the main verses. The song carries a rather dirty eighties vibe, though mixed with the fun mosh-worthy performances of Ghoul to make it hard not to bang your head along.

“Thrashing Like a Maniac” has a haunting softer introduction that you might expect to hear on a King Diamond album, slowly building to some thick chugging that takes a good while to finally branch off of. The pace picks up a bit towards the end with nothing too special, but this time feeling a little more light hearted in the lyrics. It’s enjoyable for what it is, but won’t leave much of a lasting impression like “Unburial Rites.” This is a slower track overall, carrying a more serious groove to the riffs, though not commanding in any way. There’s plenty of gang chants to be found, but the ones that appear in the chorus seem weaker. This gives that part of the song the sense that it’s trying to be the polar opposite of the general darker tone that was built up throughout the performance. It sounds like a bad idea, but it actually works very well in an odd way.

Night of the Living Oldmen isn’t the most memorable of Thrash demos you’ll come across, but it’s still a surprisingly solid effort with a great deal of range on display. Each track is a completely different experience that manages to maintain a consistent sound and generally fun mosh party vibe that live audiences will simply have a blast with, especially in the pit. These tracks also take full advantage of the rougher audio quality, with the exception of the rattling bass on “Octogenarian Violence” that gets a little too carried away at times. One spin through Night of the Living Oldmen will leave you curious on what their next release or even a full-length album will have in store for us all, and if this is any indication of what to expect from Spain’s Toxic Waltz in the future, then these guys will easily make it onto the must watch list of many a Thrash fan.

01. Octogenarian Violence – 3:47
02. Thrashing Like a Maniac – 4:51
03. Unburial Rites – 3:10
Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10

Toxic Waltz

Digital review copy of this release provided by personal funds.