"Stand Up", a new song from the classic thrash metal band TOXIK, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming EP, "Breaking Class", which will be released on August 4. TOXIK's third full-length album will follow by the end of 2017.
"We've got the right combination of players for the record now," says Josh Christian, the band's guitarist and founder.
TOXIK's 2015 South American headline tour saw the addition of James D'Maria of GENERATION KILL, replacing Jason Bittner behind the kit. "James is an incredible drummer... he couldn't be a better fit," says Josh.
After returning from South America, original TOXIK vocalist Mike Sanders decided he no longer wanted to tour, making way for the return of blogosphere favorite Charles Sabin (from the band's second album, "Think This").
"Josh and I have stayed in contact over the years, sharing projects and bouncing ideas off each other," says Charles. "There's a visceral connection when we're in the studio and the new material reflects that."
TOXIK's latest addition is Shane Boulos on bass. Shane's background is in the heart of the New York/New Jersey hardcore and metal scenes, playing in bands like SICKS DEEP, SLAM ONE DOWN and SWEAR ON YOUR LIFE.
"Shane's right- and left-hand techniques are a perfect complement to our riff structure, bringing a fullness to the bottom end while maintaining the lockstep rhythms with James," says Josh.
2017 is shaping up to be a breakout year for TOXIK, with a new lineup, record, and European tour (including a return to the Dynamo Open Air festival). Josh is pleased with the developments. "We're tighter than ever and I think we're going to surprise people with the direction and intensity featured by the new lineup," he says.