NUMBER TWO: Take Over And Destroy – Endless Night

Take Over And Destroy (T.O.A.D) are a metal band hailing from Arizona. “Endless Night” is their second EP and was released on June 25th, 2013. It contains five tracks and also costs $5. Credit goes to theneedledrop for pointing in me in this direction. Facebook and Bandcamp at the bottom.

Man. This album. Riffin’, catchy, evile (not evil), and HEAVY. Self described as, “An American rock & roll band from the 1970’s trapped inside of a Scandinavian metal band from the early 1990’s, scoring a John Carpenter film.”, TOAD bring together a infernal combination of black metal, thrash metal and classic and occult rock to form something that is neither derivative or gimmicky, blasting aside any question of their ability in a hail of hooded cloaks, demon blood and fresh corpses.

The best comparison I can think of would be if Black Breath started to kick in some occult vibes to their already bowel-rupturing riffage. It’s as if a hardcore band took up demon worship. I didn’t think I would ever hear an occult breakdown but the closing of “Cosmophobia” comes pretty damn close. This whole occult vibe I’ve been babbling about is largely caused by the usage of real vamperic background organs that serve as an exclamation point to the rush of annihilation that first meets your ears.

I don’t remember the last time an album made me headbang in front of my speakers while howling at the ceiling and clawing at the sky but TOAD has managed to resurrect that little black flame of evil and blow it in to a full bore inferno.

It’s occult played with a black metal bent by a hardcore band. Or it’s black metal with hardcore influences played by an occult band. Or it’s occult hardcore played with an accordion. But whatever slew of influences you end up at, it always comes back awesome.

For a more concise and less babbly review, check out theneedledrop’s video:

T.O.A.D Facebook

T.O.A.D Bandcamp



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