Sound — 8
Cytotoxin is a German technical brutal death metal band from Chemnitz. Germany, they are relative newcomers to the scene, being founded in 2010. By Members Grimo, Fonzo, VT, and Ollie. In 2011 they self released their debut album, entitled "Plutonium Heaven", a concept album based about the famous Chernobyl disaster in 1986. One year later they posted a full album preview of their upcoming album "Radiophobia" on Youtube. They were without a label for the release, until the famous record label unique Leader records signed them onto their label, scheduling the album release for the 6th of November this year. The main sound of Cytotoxin, is a blend of brutal techical death metal, with some slam style breakdowns. Their guitarist Fonzo plays a lot of sweep picking and tapping, as well as some really cool slower riffs. But the technical feel of the music never seems really to go overboard, there is a fair share between really technical riffs and just brutal palm muted riffs that make you want to headbang. Vt the bassist mostly also follows the guitar parts of Fonzo, but also throws in his own sweeps and tapping. Ollie, the drummer, is one of the most skilled drummers I have heard, plays a lot of interesting fills and rolls, and the speed of his double bass and Blastbeats are insane, despite all the speed it still feels like he never overdoes it, he knows when to utilize his double bass, and when not to, It's really noticeable that one of the main influences on his drumming is John Longstreth of Origin. Grimo the vocalist, seems like your standard run of the mill death metal vocalist, you won't hear any high pitched vocals from this guy, he instead focuses mostly on low guttural growls, with some pig squeals which he mainly uses in the breakdown of the songs.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrical content of Cytotoxin is basically a retelling of the disaster that happened at Chernobyl. Most of the lyrics deal with the consequences and the aftermath of the disaster. Grimo's style of singing is mainly the standard death metal growls with the occasionally pig squealed vocals, there is a really cool affect that they put on his vocals on this record for some of the songs, where there seems like some of his vocals were killswitched, creating a sort of delay effect, it may sound crazy, but it sounds really good. There is a sense of feeling here that Grimo, the singer, as well as the rest of the band, honors the men and women which gave their lives to cleanup after the disaster, these persons, called liquidators, worked in very dangerous circumstances, often without protection from the dangerous radioactivity. And this is the subject on one of the songs of the album "Abysm Nucleus".
Overall Impression — 9
This album is definitely one of the best releases of 2012. Cytotoxin successfully blends the both technical and brutal style of their music very well, without making it sound like a big mess. Despite playing a very technical style of music I really have no complains about this album, it really is a great release, and I look forward to hearing a lot more from the guys in the future. Some of the best songs on the album are "Abysm Nucleus", "Radiophobia", "Ionosphere" and "Surival Matrix". If this album got stolen I would definitely buy it again, it really is that good.