Reactivated cult classic prog-thrashers TOXIK have released a snippet of their first recorded song in twenty-four years. The fifty-second clip, which is available for streaming using the SoundCloud widget below, is a rough pre-mix demo — without vocals — of “Crooked Crosses” off the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 1989’s “Think This”.
TOXIK’s founding member and lead guitarist Josh Christian comments on the new music: “I know it’s been a long time, and one of the things I always think about is my own reaction when I hear about older bands recording. It’s, like, ‘Oh, no… not again,’ because, let’s be honest, it’s usually an underwhelming listen and a lot of times it kills the band’s legacy for the fans. But I have a feeling that people are going to be surprised by the intensity and power of our new material. The songwriting demos, which are really just me arranging the parts and programming drums, have been getting rave reviews from random listeners in the band’s circle… It’s so inspiring for us. We haven’t spun off into nu-metal and we aren’t trying to rewrite ‘World Circus’. It’s definitely TOXIK, but it isn’t your dad’s version.”