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Toxic Smile

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3.93 | 52 ratings | 6 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Farewell (42:11)

Line-up / Musicians

- Marek Arnold / keyboards, saxophone
- Larry B. / vocals
- Uwe Reinholz / guitar
- Robert Brenner / bass
- Robert Eisfeldt / drums, percussion, backing vocals

- Cornelia Pfeil / violin
- Angelika Grünert / violin
- Susanne Goerlich / viola
- Uta Schröder / violoncello
- Martin Schnella / backing vocals

Releases information

LP/CD Progressive Promotion Records (2015 Germany)

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TOXIC SMILE Farewell ratings distribution

(52 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

TOXIC SMILE Farewell reviews

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Review by Rivertree
4 stars The album title is dedicated to the fact that co-founder Uwe Reinholz (guitar) ultimately decided to quit. This is not meant as the last sign of life concerning the whole band though, which the cover art might imply like being broken up literally. So be it, coming and going, applicable to nearly all the aspects in everyday life. In the meanwhile Marek Arnold and his band mates have found Stephan Pankow to move up. And, to make it clear, this album does not sound like an elegy, that's for sure.

By the way, 'album' might not be a suitable notation for a one track production with 42 minutes playing time maybe, or what? But who cares? While missing any subtitles here, we have a progressive rock suite in best TOXIC SMILE tradition. Hereby the line-up is completely different to Marek's other band SEVEN STEPS TO THE GREEN DOOR, and stylistically this is more from the heavier side of life overall of course. Though not missing a symphonic touch, it all initiates with a string quartet, soon gliding into some neo progressive feel, but then Uwe Reinholz and the rhythm branch are starting all engines.

Yet again this is a versatile experience, definitely. Everything a prog fan's heart desires. Twists and turns, Larry B's fine vocals, empathic and slightly raw, charming melodic parts, heavy outbursts featuring slicing guitar riffs, jazzy impressions including piano and saxophone, diverse instrumental solos ... and so on. 'When I listen to the people and close my eyes ...' - the main theme, which holds the song together, will keep indoors sooner or later. A really fine arrangement, released on the Progressive Promotion Records label this certainly is a worthwhile purchase.

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars German band TOXIC SMILE was formed back in 1996, and is among the veterans of the German progressive rock scene. From 2001 and onward they have released new material at a fairly steady pace, and have five studio productions to their name as of now. "Farewell" is their most recent outing, released by Progressive Promotion Records towards the tail end of 2015.

There aren't too many albums around that consist of a single, epic-length composition, even in this age of musical plenty, and Toxic Smile's addition to that list is a worthwhile one indeed. Mainly alternating between various forms of progressive rock and progressive metal, this is a varied, sophisticated, but also compelling and accessible creation, delivering enough details to keep the busiest brain going but also seeing to it that the themes and motifs used don't stray too far into the challenging territories. This is quality progressive metal of the kind that should have a fairly wide general appeal, despite clocking in at a bit over 42 minutes.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Alright, let's take this one track at a time (classic joke, right?) The first track, Farewell, is the only track, with a run time of 43min. This makes it a bit difficult to talk about any particular section without dropping a time-stamp. I tried a few times to describe section by section, b ... (read more)

Report this review (#1548542) | Posted by Bucklebutt | Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | Review Permanlink

4 stars All Marek Arnold's projects (at least the three I heard) share the same wild eclecticism, combining heavy theatrical rock with soul, funk, fusion and many other styles. Of these, Toxic Smile has the reputation of being the rockiest, hence the prog metal label (although his other bands have death m ... (read more)

Report this review (#1528645) | Posted by Progrussia | Friday, February 12, 2016 | Review Permanlink

5 stars 'When I listen to this song and close my eyes / I have comparisons', following the lyrics of the magnificent central theme, is what first came to mind when I heard of and later listened to the new concept album of Leipzig based Toxic Smile. The first comparison suggested itself right from the sta ... (read more)

Report this review (#1527760) | Posted by DreamAndDay | Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Friend, if you liked Echolyn's Mei you owe it to yourself to check this out! Yeah, yeah, yeah -- DT has a new release. So, when you require an intermission from that daunting listening task, here is a brief palate cleanser. Toxic Smile's Farewell is a one song album, comparable to Echolyn's Mei ... (read more)

Report this review (#1525023) | Posted by buddyblueyes | Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | Review Permanlink

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