Last Known Status: Regrouped
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Below is our complete Toxik news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Resurrected cult classic act Toxik has announced that Ralph Santolla (ex-Death, Obiturary, Deicide) will now be a part of the band’s ranks. Josh Christian, founding member and lead guitarist comments on Ralph’s addition:
"Ralph was the first choice. I had talked to other friends about tour spots and playing as guests, but the new material is pretty deep arrangement wise and complicated in its layering. We need that second voice on the instrument. Ralph’s experience level is top-shelf, plus he has a very diverse musical approach. Sure he’s played great heavy music with legendary bands and artists but, he also has an amazing ear for melody. The guy can really play! Most of all he’s a brother, Ralph Santolla and I go way back, I can remember Chuck Schulinder [Death] sitting in the lounge at Morrisound watching Ralph and I trading ideas and saying: 'You guys should play together.' So, with Chuck’s blessings I think the next album just took a giant leap for mankind." More...
Progressive thrash progenitors Toxik have revealed a snippet of their first recorded song in twenty-four years. The fifty second clip is a rough pre-mix demo (sans vocals) of “Crooked Crosses” off of the yet-to-be-titled follow up to 1989’s “Think This.” Founding member and lead guitarist, Josh Christian, comments on the new music:
"I know it's been a long time and one of the things I always think about is my own reaction when I hear about older bands recording, it's like "Oh no... not again" because let's be honest, it's usually an underwhelming listen and a lot of times it kills the band’s legacy for the fans... but I have a feeling that people are going to be surprised by the intensity and power of our new material. The songwriting demo's which are really just me arranging the parts and programming drums have been getting rave reviews from random listeners in the bands circle... it’s so inspiring for us. We haven't spun off into Nu metal and we aren't trying to rewrite World Circus, It's definitely Toxik, but it isn't your dad's version"
Further information regarding touring, album release date, festival appearances, and album title will be revealed in the coming weeks and months. You can also read our "Sunday Old School" column at the band over here. More...
American progressive thrash metal veterans Toxik have announced that they are reuniting for the second time in their career. The reformation will feature original members Josh Christian and Mike Sanders, as well as former bass player, Brian Bonini, although they are currently searching for a drummer due to the refusal of Tad Leger to take part. A statement from the band reads as follows:
"I've been writing this crazy heavy stuff for the last year. In 2007 when we got together, the absence of new material made the reunion feel more like jam sessions. This time around it’s based like it was originally on a collection of songs with a Vibe. The plan is: record and perform."
Christian added: "Tad is on the verge of something killer with his doom project/band Lucertola. It’s his baby as he writes the material and plays guitar essentially leading the band. We had planned on finishing the Lucertola disc together and then beginning work on a Toxik disc, at least that was discussed; the reality is he can't walk away from his art, and I totally respect that decision, we all do. I'm still hoping Tad shows up on at least one track but either way best of luck to my brother Tad Leger and Lucertola."
For more information about the history of the band, you can check out our Sunday Old School column here.
Thrash metal has more or less always been about speed, aggression and ferocity, but like all good things, sometimes it’s the technical side that makes it so good. Some of the best bands in the genre focused their musicianship and song writing on being phenomenally gifted technical players, and one of these bands was Toxik. Toxik was formed in 1985 in Peekskill, New York by bass player Lee Erwin and guitarist Josh Christian, initially under the banner, Tokyo. However, shortly after deciding on this name, the group was threatened with legal action by another band who had already trademarked the name and thus, Toxik was born. The band started off by struggling to maintain a stable lineup, with founding member Erwin being amongst those to leave, and drummer Sal Dadabo being asked to join heavy metal heroes Twisted Sister. Eventually however, the band found stability when Christian was joined by vocalist Mike Sanders, drummer Tad Leger and bass player Brian Bonini.
The four members now a sturdy unit, the band found themselves being offered a contract from Roadrunner Records, a proposition which they accepted and finally released their debut album, "World Circus" in 1987. The album was acclaimed by thrash metal fans and the metal press alike, with some considering it one of the best thrash releases of the year, a statement backed by being awarded College Music Journal’s "Best New Metal Album Of The Year" accolade. The album also won them respect amongst their peers and Toxik were offered a spot on the next Metal Massacre compilation, which they contributed to with the song, "Wastelands." More...
Former Toxik members Tad Leger and Josh Christian have just posted songs on Myspace of the latest recordings of Lucertola, three and a half years after the project was originally revealed. Originally a solo project for Tad, Josh recently came on board to do bass, keys and some slide guitar.
The music in is the vein of Sabbath, Mercyful Fate, Voivod, Goblin and Fabio Frizzi, and very influenced by the films of Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento and the Blind Dead films.
Toxik are currently recorded a further five songs for their reunion album which is due out later this year. The band has posted a brief video update which can be viewed below. The band are also working on a DVD which will contain a documentary as well as new material and other features. More...
Reunited progressive thrash metal band Toxik has posted an update regarding new material and their forthcoming new DVD. It reads as follows: "Plans are underway now for an all new DVD release directly from the band members in 2009 which will include live footage from NY in the early stages of the band before the World Circus release, live clips from the Think This tour, a full reunion and history documentary of the band complete with interviews from many of the members.... and the DVD will be capped off with MP3 releases of the ALL NEW material currently being worked on and written!!!" More...
Organizers for Germany's Keep It True IX Festival, which is scheduled for November 3rd in Dittigheim at Sporthalle, have issued the following update:
"Unfortunately we have good and bad news for you. The bad news is, that TOXIK had to cancel their show at Keep It True IX. The reason is that their Polish management booked a three-week tour around the festival with eight day offs in a row, which was financially feasible for the band. Also, bassist Brian Bonnini quit the band some weeks ago and they couldn'?t find a replacement for him until now. We are all extremely disappointed by the cancellation, but did everything we could. The flights were already booked. We hope you are not too disappointed by that news. As replacement we booked one of the biggest cult bands from Europe: Danish metalheads EVIL will take the place of Toxik in the billing and also will have a big surprise for you. The final billing is now: LEATHERWOLF, EVIL, SACRED OATH, PAGAN ALTAR, STEEL ASSASSIN, PORTRAIT, ENFORCER. The festival has been sold out since April."
Recently reunited progressive thrashers TOXIK are looking for a new bassist.
Due to private circumstances, Brain Bonini was forced to leave the band, which has scheduled a two-week European tour in November, including a co-headlining slot at the Keep It True festival and a headlining appearance at the Ragers Elite festival.
The remaining TOXIK members — original vocalist Mike Sanders and guitarist Josh Christian alongside new drummer Lou Caldarola — are looking for a skilled bass player to complete the reunited group. New York-area applicants are preferred.
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The band's original drummer Tad Leger is not taking part in the reunion because he's very busy with other projects — as a guitarist.
Poland's Metal Mind Productions in January released the reissues of the classic TOXIK albums "World Circus" (1988) and "Think This" (1989). Both CDs came in a new digipack edition on golden discs, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology, and are limited to a hand-numbered 2,000 copies. Each title includes two bonus tracks. The details of the bonus cuts are as follows:
TOXIK "World Circus" (1988) bonus tracks:
01. Machine Dream (demo version with original singer Mike)
02. Radio Interview (from 1989)
TOXIK "Think This" (1989) bonus tracks:
01. Shotgun Logic ***
02. Black & White ***
*** rhythm tracks with no vocals or guitar solos
Legendary New York progressive thrashers TOXIK are back. Following the recent re-release of their two albums, TOXIK has reunited and is currently rehearsing with the lineup consisting of:
Mike Sanders - Vocals
Josh Christian - Guitar
Brian Bonini - Bass
Lou Caldarola - Drums
The band's original drummer Tad Leger is not taking part in the reunion because he's very busy with other projects - as a guitarist.
Poland's Metal Mind Productions last month released the reissues of the classic TOXIK albums "World Circus" (1988) and "Think This" (1989). Both CDs came in a new digipack edition on golden discs, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology, and are limited to a hand-numbered 2,000 copies. Each title includes two bonus tracks.
Displeased Records, which recently reissued Whiplash's Insult to Injury, have placed more classics on their release schedule. This fall, the label will put out two discs by New York '80s thrashers Toxik (World Circus and Think This) as well as the sole offering from technical thrash band Disincarnate (which featured Death guitarist James Murphy), Dreams of the Carrion Kind. The company will follow in the first half of 2007 with three reissues by San Francisco death-thrashers Sadus — Illusions, Swallowed in Black and A Vision of Misery — and two by Canadian death-metal outfit Gorguts, Considered Dead and The Erosion of Sanity.
According to a posting on Tartarean Desire, former TOXIK drummer Tad Leger has launched a brand new project called LUCERTOLA (Italian for "lizard"). The group's musicial style is said to be a blend of Leger's biggest influences: doom, old VOIVOD and Italian horror soundtracks (Goblin, Fabio Frizzi). Tad started out recording both guitar and drums himself, but was joined by his old BLACKENED SKY bandmate Andy Abbene and his brother Jay Abbene (WRATHCHILD AMERICA, SOULS AT ZERO) in early December 2005.
TOXIK was a New York-based melodic power/thrash metal band who released two albums for Roadrunner Records: "World Circus" (1988) and "Think This" (1989).