CYTOTOXIN - Radiophobia
GENRE: Brutal death metal
LABEL: Unique Leader Records
YEAR: November 6th, 2012
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Unique Leader Records
To be honest I'm getting bored by all the bands that tend to overdo the use of sweeps. It doesn't start out all that well on Radiophobia. It's become trendy to use sweeps in brutal death metal and obviously Cytotoxin has also jumped on the wagon. The German four-piece rely on most of the clichés in the genre on good and bad.
While I hate the common use of sweeps in some of the songs I do love what the four-piece is doing on the titletrack "Radiophobia", "Fallout Progeny" and "Abysm Nucleus". In the three aforementioned songs there are lots of catchy riffs and parts, and overall I think the song-writing is competent. I like that the music rely on both the fast and the slow and heavy. It does provide the music with the needed contrast.
The biggest problem about the music is as you've already guessed the common use of sweeps. If the band had been a bit more restrained in its use of those Radiophobia would have been more interesting, at least for my concern.
Something I like a lot is the overall theme. The band has done a great job in terms of that, it's all about the catastrophe at Chernobyl in 1986. The closer "Prypjat" underline that very well.
Radiophobia is a brutal effort. It's obvious that Cytotoxin has many ideas. It will be interesting to see what the band can do next. If you like brutal death metal with a good amount of slam and groove then I suggest you go and give Radiophobia a listen.