Toadeater are a band from Germany that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a mixture of atmospheric post black metal, crust and hardcore punk and this is a review of their 2019 album "Codex" which will be released in August as a joint effort between Fucking Kill and Kellerassel Records.
Atmospheric drones and soundscapes start off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats while the vocals are a mixture of black metal screams and angry shouts as well as the music also adding in elements of crust punk.
Post metal influences can also be heard in some parts of the music while clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording. Throughout the album you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them.
Melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing as well as some of the songs also adding in influences of hardcore punk and as the album progresses clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording, one of the tracks is an interlude and one song also adds touches of shoegaze onto the recording. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Toadeater and if you are a fan of atmospheric post black metal, crust and hardcore punk, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Leviathan" "Parasite" and "Codex". 8 out of 10.