Interview with Toxic Ruin
Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:
Mortal Insolence is a four track EP that we released in December of 2018 to put some fresh material out in the scene and give everyone a view of what our new sound is really like. Our previous vocalist had left and Stephen, our bassist, was now our main force in the vocal department, which brought a new heavyness to our style that wasn’t heard before. The EP gives a basic concept of what we see happening in the current state of the social world, whether its the ruin of man mentally, by evil leadership, or the mind control of social media. Fans should expect a fast, hard hitting, melodic delivery of some in-your-face thrash metal!
Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
We knew we wanted to play fast heavy metal. Beyond that our sound pulls from all of our influences. anything from blistering death metal to 80’s hair metal solo’s.
How does your writing process normally work out?
Everyone brings sick riffs to the table. Then we piece together what works best with each other. Dave lays some drums to tie it together and Steve covers all of the lyrics and vocal hooks. Then the hard part of learning to play everything!
What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?
Simple. We want to rule the world! lol We would be happy to share stages with all our favorite metal acts and just have a bit of global recognition for the music we create.
What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?
We’re influenced mainly by early thrash and death metal. But, we cannot discount the rad 80’s hair guitar work that has been done. I think all of these are very evident in our latest release.
What’s next for you?
Next we’re going to finish pounding out our second full length and play as many live shows that we can fit in!