Wim S. : Tonic Breed is a band from Norway. Formed in 2006 under the name Roadkill and the name was changed to Tonic Breed in 2009. In 2010 the band released their debut album which was made financially possible by winning a band competition. There were quiet a few line up changes and not until very recent the line up and the band were stable enough to start working on a second album. That self financed second album ‘Outsold’ is now released. Tonic Breed plays old school thrash metal with influences from Slayer, Exodus, Kreator and Metallica. Nothing really special but always nice to listen to.
The thrashy riffs have a modern sound, but nevertheless they still sound very much old school. As the great thrash bands did in the eighties and nineties. I always had a soft spot for that. One moment the band is grooving, the next moment chopping and pounding. Tonic Breed does all that. With a singer that sounds like a combination of Tom Araya and Mille, but who can sing something better. And Tonic Breed is slightly less heavy than those aforementioned bands; the band regularly picks up with very melodic passages ('Blackened Mind'). The eight songs are generally quite long (the shortest song is six minutes), but they are nowhere wordy. Even the instrumental 'Borregaard' remains interesting the full eight minutes (hello Metallica). Moreover the band seems to need a new lead guitarist after the sudden departure of Thomas Koksvik, so if you think you can.