"Toxic Apocalypse" (CDN Records; 2022)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The cover of Korrosive's "Toxic Apocalypse" may instantly bring to mind the artwork of many Municipal Waste albums, and the similarities don't end there. "Toxic Apocalypse" is a solid 38 minutes of powerful thrash metal designed to wear out your neck joints as you try to bang your head to it.

Unlike the might Municipal Waste, however, Korrosive is a little more serious about their thrash, both lyrically and performance-wide. Whereas Municipal Waste tends have a little more fun with thrash (with their party lyrics and their straight-forward thrash sound), Korrosive is a little more ... well, serious.

"Toxic Apocalypse" feels  meaner, a little more violent, a little more ferocious, than most of their brothers-in-thrash out there. Their music is brutal and razor-sharp, the vocals bloodily raw, to the point that attempting to decipher the relatively grim lyrics might drive on to madness. But, hey, it's fun trying.

Speaking of those grim lyrics, the song titles alone give you a hint what to expect here. Tracks like "Fatal Strike," "Infernal Onslaught," "Hail the Hellfire" and "Libertad y Muerte" make their lyrical meaning quite clear.

I have two recommendations for this album: 1) Listen to it and listen to it loud; 2) Do NOT listen to it while driving. It will probably make you drive too fast and fuel any road rage you may be guilty of already.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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