Dethroned’s “The Toxic Touch” the intro/short tune
that starts off the disc, sets the mood immediately for the evil that follows.
Melodic death-riffs will slowly rip at your face, and the impaling brutal
riffs will completely rip you to shreds. These thrashy death riffs really
get your attention. Some of these riff are super intense. They make you
want to beat the crap out of the person next to you! There are some blackened
melodies on “The Toxic Touch” as well. They can be fairly entrancing.
All of the solos on the record are done with passion too. That’s something
many other bands neglect these days. The lyrics for the choruses are quite
good, and are just the topping on the cake. “2014” is an amazing
tune. I hope I get to see them play it in an upcoming show soon. The dynamics
work perfect. It has a great chorus that is powerful and melodic, and also
super heavy crunchy death riffs. Sweet! There are more tracks like this
on the disc, but not brought together quite as well. This style is similar
to what Hypocrisy does at times. “Away From Emptiness” is quite
a melodic instrumental for God Dethroned. It’s somewhat of a surprise
for me. Overall, the first half of the album seems to me more heavily loaded,
with good songs and heavy riffs, but there are so many catchy riffs on this
album that there are no bad tracks. Another first-class album from God Dethroned!
Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins