TOXIC SMILE

(GERMANY)

I'M YOUR SAVIOUR

(2011)
LABEL:

PROGRESSIVE PROMOTION

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE METAL

TAGS:
Happy, Rasping vocals
"Between Dream Theater and A.C.T, toxic Smile surprises us again in this "I'm Your Saviour" with a twirling progressive metal even if we miss the touch of madness which characterized "Retro Tox Forte"."
STRUCK (14.01.2011)  
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Without counting the live DVD or EP releases ("Overdue Visit"), it took no less than seven interminable years to finally throw an eager ear on the successor of the very promising "Retro Tox Forte". So many years have passed that many questions arise for those who follow the band, starting with the one of knowing if the classical incursion of "In Classic Extension" will have direct repercussions on the music of Toxic Smile...

The first three tracks, in the first row of which we find "Liquid Wall", make sure to reassure the skeptics, and those who praised "Retro Tox Forte" will notice with happiness that Toxic Smile still officiates in this very specific progressive metal at the crossroads between Dream Theater and A.C.T., with a hint of craziness less. The Germans haven't lost any of their talent which consists in knowing how to keep our attention always on the alert thanks to countless changes of rhythm and catchy choruses ("The Abyss").

Nevertheless, this new album contains some weak moments, like the particularly dispensable "Walked By Fear" or "Poles Apart" in the line of the mawkish acoustic tracks, a must for any self-respecting hard-rock band. Fortunately, these tracks do not reflect the global impression that emerges from the listening of this "I'm Your Saviour". The nine tracks that make up the album are particularly destabilizing, the often slow tempo of the beginning doesn't reflect at all the rest of the events as the changes of rhythm are incessant, not to mention the furious soli in the pure tradition of the metal-prog combos, led by the fiery guitars of Uwe Reinholz or the dizzying keyboards of Marek Arnold. Robert Brenner's humming bass is not to be outdone, as the excellent slapping solo of "The Change" shows. Larry B.'s hoarse vocals - if he still shows his limits on some passages in the high notes - remains one of the particularities of Toxic Smile which has this rare talent to have known how to shape its own sound.

If the ingredients that made the hearts of the Music Waves editorial staff capsize are still present, unfortunately, we expected a little more from one of our favorite bands after seven years of studio silence... Nevertheless, "I'm Your Saviour" remains an excellent progressive metal album and a good entry point for those who would like to discover this atypical band.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Liquid Wall
02. The Change
03. The Abyss
04. Hidden Brand
05. Walked By Fear
06. Endless Cycle
07. Pride And Joy
08. Poles Apart
09. I'm Your Saviour

LINEUP:
Larry B.: Chant
Marek Arnold: Claviers
Robert Brenner: Basse
Robert Eisfeld: Batterie
Uwe Reinholz: Guitares
   
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