My friend once told me that as a teenager in the 80s, that one of the first real thrills he experienced was the interconnection between thrash metal and skateboarding. Well, he didn’t know there was already such a thing as crossover thrash. Thankfully, decades after first steps of bands like CRUMBSUCKERS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, CONCRETE SOX, early CRO-MAGS, SSD, EXCEL, and STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH, there are tons of great bands like IRON REAGAN, willing to pick up that flag, carry on, and and remain committed to this wild mixture. We’re lucky to have one of the finest torchbearers on the planet, TOXIC SHOCK, and give you their new sick video for the song “Great Great Gift”, featuring short cameos from legends of the hardcore scene, Walter Schreifels (QUICKSAND, GORILLA BISCUITS), John Joseph (CRO-MAGS) and Paul Bearer (SHEER TERROR)!
The band commented:
Stuck in a rut, Wally is faced with the ugly face of reality, and decides to give his life more purpose through the energy that music can bring. Handing out flyers through Brooklyn and the Lower East Side to promote his band’s show, he encounters a lot of his musical heroes.
If you look for them you’ll see a lot of references and musicians, like a puppet version of Raybeez, or a human version of Walter Schreifels…
“Great Great Gift” comes from TOXIC SHOCK‘s new album Twentylastcentury, slated for a November 17th release via This Charming Man Records!
Great Great Gift was shot by two friends on a sunny 10-day trip to NYC in June 2017, directed by Ben Tesseur & Maarten de With, camera work by Ben Tesseur. Great Great Gift was recorded and produced by Flemming Rasmussen, and mastered by Arthur Rizk. Top band photo by Nele Vandermaesen.
Holy Moly – this is a neckbreaker. Known from several quality releases (split with Iron Reagan) the belgium powerhouse Toxic Shock pushed their boundaries once again. No compromises! And so they went to bed with the godfather of metal producing Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica & Co.) to get things right for Twentylastcentury. They combine all good things of end of the 80s with good old hardcore like Suicial Tendencies did on their first two records. So you have Flanger Intros, loco-whispering, furious moshparts, fast circle pit parts. The LA-Mentality of late 80s Venice Beach. So if you dig razorsharp Guitars and cool groovy mosher like Leeway did you will did this 100% – Gangshouts, aggressive basslines, crazy leads and a fitting singer makes this a must have for all crossover maniacs out there. Listen to Toxic Shock and you will not bail the mctwist anymore – Promised!
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