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Lich King - Toxic Zombie Onslaught - 80%

mentalselfmutilation, December 9th, 2008

Straight from the 80's and we're old school! Lich King rules! This band is not one to exactly reinvent the wheel, and at a first glance may seem like a parody in itself, however the thrashers from the Lich King camp have brought fourth quite an addicting album to the aural senses. Toxic Zombie Onslaught comes at you with the same full force as the original old school bay area sound that they take their influence from. Despite some of the ridiculous and cliche titles, the songs sound like something to have come straight out of the outtakes from the "Bonded by Blood" session by Exodus.

You've got everything you want in your old school thrash albums. You've got the fast paced guitars throwing riffs out one by one to keep your head spinning with their own ferocity and full speed assault. You've got what is supposedly the "Same shitty vocals" but rather a very well executed vocal delivery. Everything from the opening "Attack of the Wrath of the War of the Death of the Strike of the Sword of the Blood of the Beast" to the anthem "Black Metal Sucks" all the way to the intentional filler tracks mixed throughout, this entire album is nothing but completely solid.

Some may see this album and feel it's rather generic. It is. The band is nothing original in an older sense where it takes everything from the bay area scene with its own interpretation, nor does the band's lyrical concept involving zombies, thrash, and themselves seem like anything we haven't heard a dozen times these days, however it's that fact which makes this album so enjoyable. It's a thrash metal album for thrasher's sake. Everything you would want from the old days and the up and coming is put right on this album, and it is definitely one of the catchiest from any band these days. Once again: They're the best band, and they're super cool. That's right. Lich King rules!