Theotoxin from Vienna in Austria is new for me, it seems like I have been “living under a rock”, or something. In the last couple of weeks, I have discovered many, for me new bands, and I see myself as “one who knows his music”.
Theotoxin is another band that has passed below or above my black metal radar, and I have no problem with that, as long as I, at last, discover the good bands that I have missed.
Anyway, this album, “Fragment : Erhabenheit” is the band’s third full-length album, released by AOP Records. When listening to this album I have to admit, I thought it would be some kind of atmospheric/avant-garde/symphonic black metal, since to me it seems like many of the bands from Austria fit in those sub-genres.
This is none of the above sub-genres, this is like black metal from Scandinavia, intense, kind of progressive, melodic with nice twists and turns here and there.
I find everything that I like with black metal on “Fragment : Erhabenheit“. I get my pruned part of aggression, rawness, melodies, and lots of great guitar riffs and screamy vocals that give goosebumps.
When it comes to the vocals, it is like I want it in black metal. Singer, Ragnar delivers vocals that are quite high-pitch screams, is harsh, raspy, and also kind of raw, but still melodic, and yet varying.
At some parts in some songs on this record, I can’t help thinking about Behemoth, but that is when Behemoth is less death and more black metal. Like in the opening track, towards the end when the vocals are kind of talk/screams.
Theotoxin and this album, “Fragment : Erhabenheit” sound like it’s made out of the chilly, cold, and frosty Austrian alps, when it is at its darkest, just before the snow.
It’s like one part of how black metal sounded in the past, around the mid/late ’90s, crafted in Scandinavia, and one part of the present.
1. Golden Tomb
2. Obscure Divinations
4. Through Hundreds of Years
6. Two Ancient Spirits
7. Sanatory Silence
Flo “Plaguebringer” Musil (Drums)
Fabian Rauter (Guitars)
Martin Frick (Guitars)
Joachim Tischler (Bass)
Album title: Fragment : Erhabenheit
Genre: Black Metal
Country/Location: Austria, Vienna
Record label: AOP Records
Release date: September 11, 2020
Format Reviewed: Digital promotion album, 320 kbp/s mp3
Theotoxin - Fragment : Erhabenheit
Theotoxin and this album, “Fragment : Erhabenheit” is another great, new discovery for me. Fans of melodic, but yet quite raw, and intense black metal should check out the band and this record.
This is another solid record, that you will like at its full if you like one track.
If you hear one track from the album that you do like, buy the record.
It is hard to choose highlight or favorite tracks on this album since it’s great all through, but I would go for the tracks “Golden Tomb“, “Obscure Divinations“, “Two Ancient Spirits” and “Sanatory Silence“.
The ones who are following my public Spotify playlist “Black Metal 2020” can already hear the songs “Golden Tomb” and “Prayer” when listening to the list. You can expect a few more tracks to be added when the album has been unleashed.
Would I buy this album?
Yes, have ordered the black vinyl version.