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Album Review: K-Rock Duo TOXIC Stirs Things Up With Their Comeback Album 'Time' [AUDIO]

By Adrienne Stanley | October 14, 2014 07:18 AM EDT


On October 10, Korean rock duo TOXIC released the mini album “Time.” “Time” is a follow up to their May 2014 single release “Satellite.”

TOXIC were the winners of the inaugural season of the KBS2 music competition program “Top Band.” Since there are only two members in TOXIC, the duo is unique when facing off against other Korean rock acts.

TOXIC member Kim Jung Woo is responsible for the main vocals, guitar, and keyboards while Kim Seul Ong provides backup vocals, as well as drumming.

“Time” provides context to the musicality of TOXIC, which extends well beyond their previous releases. The recording sounds almost as full as some of the five member Korean rock releases that many fans have grown accustomed to. While “Time” is musically solid, it lacks the soaring vocals that has helped to elevate “Superstar K” finalist Jung Joon Young to stardom.

“Time” is a five track mini album that presents the aggressive musicality of TOXIC. “Time” opens with the funk infused rock track “Today.” The guitar solos on “Today” add to the overall atmosphere of the song. There is a full well rounded sound encapsulated in “Today,” which helps to kick off the rest of the album.

“Today” is followed by the track “Mayday” which is interspersed with samples of Morse Code. The incorporation of Morse Code on “Mayday” helps to set a frantic, heart arresting pace to the track.

“Time,” the title track of the album is more reflective of electronic music than other songs on the album. The prevailing bass line of “Time” along with the vocals, help to make it a standout song on the album. Whereas “Time” is more of an electronic song from TOXIC, “Deja Vu” reflects a pop rock sound. “Deja Vu” enables the duo to shine, as a collaborative effort, more than many of the other tracks on “Time.”

The mini album begins to wind down with “OneDream.” “OneDream” plays like an '90s American rock song in many ways which adds to the track. “Time” appropriately concludes with “Outro,” leading listeners to desire more music from TOXIC.

Arirang K-Pop recently featured an excellent debut interview with TOXIC for their series “Rock On Korea.” During the interview, “Rock On Korea” host Kim Do Kyun speaks with TOXIC about the song “No More” from their debut album “First Bridge.”

TOXIC sets itself apart from the pop dominated world of Korean entertainment, providing respite for those who are seeking rock music.

 Listen to the new album “Time” from TOXIC below.

Tagged :  TOXIC, korean rock, K-indie, top band, Kim Jung Woo, Kim Seul Ong


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