December 7, 2006

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God Dethroned, The Toxic Touch
Metal Blade Records, 2006

Longtime rivetheads who've grown past the stage of working their adrenaline into lathers whenever new thrash albums hit the street know what to expect from the Metal Blade chow line: it' either going to bear acute resemblance to every thrash metal and/or screamo album ever made or it'll have something going for it. God Dethroned is one of their thoroughbreds, exhibiting signs of actual conceptualization and tossing in ad-libs that aren't stamped Property of Dimebag. Mastodon' thunder-monster angle is present of course where would metal bands be without a de facto touchstone of the period to rip off but Jeez Louise, these fellers have been listening to quite the pile of industrial records, obviously Flesh Field' debut for one, which is precisely where the idea for the crowd-roar-sample in "Faithless" came from. Between the Flesh Field bit and the carefully pronounced "I hate yous" that come later, the record already has more intensity than the last fifty Necro whatevers to clog the shelves, making "Hating Life's" nod to Rammstein even more of a bonus. B-

Eric W. Saeger