Retox- Ugly Animals
We live in strange times. Anything you’ve ever wanted is instantly downloadable, individuals spend more time communicating through social networks than conversing face to face, and the telephone has become a new age technological Swiss-Army knife that tricks the owner into feeling smarter than what they actually are. It’s constant mind-numbing pitfalls like this that make every day seem even more lackluster than the next, and is exactly why Retox wrote a 13-minute long middle finger of an album entitled “Ugly Animals”.
Retox is a band that plays a snotty yet intricately abrasive blend of punk, hardcore, and thrash metal. This San Diego based group consists of members Justin Pearson, Brian Evans, Thor Dickey, and Michael Crain who all cut their teeth playing in nonconforming acts such as The Locust, Head Wound City, Cattle Decapitation, The Festival of Dead Deer, and The Crimson Curse. “Ugly Animals” is a direct address to the monotony that our society has collapsed into over the course of this generation. Spastic guitar and bass lines, harshly-shouted vocals, and precise yet bludgeoning drum parts fly by on this short record that help create a sense of chaotic urgency that somehow feels catchy and cathartic after each listen.
Retox’s “Ugly Animals” is a sonic purging that is meant to light a fire under the ass of any mundane listener. You can follow this artist through their Facebook, purchase this record through Insound, or stream a track from the record below: