The Best Band in Arizona is Take Over and Destroy

Ah, Arizona. My homeland. The home of heat stroke and clearly racist legislation. Where the few animals capable of survival mostly just want to murder you with poison and the only available water is locked inside of plants covered in fucking death-spikes. Indeed, every negative notion you harbor in your mind about Arizona is probably true. And if they aren’t bad enough on their own, here’s something you might not be aware of: it’s where dumb trends go when they finally die. That means deathcore and metalcore are in full force here. You might decide to attend what would appear to be a metal show, only to discover that it’s all just a mirage. A really shitty mirage that plays breakdowns and can’t solo. The local scene can be a real bummer. Luckily, the dudes in Take Over and Destroy are balancing out the scales by playing just about every non-shitty subgenre of metal at the same time. And they’re doing it right.

According to the band’s Bandcamp page, they are “an American rock & roll band from the 1970’s trapped inside of a Scandinavian metal band from the early 1990’s, scoring a John Carpenter film.” That sounds fucking ridiculous. But then you listen to their music, and it still sounds fucking ridiculous. But somehow it makes sense.

Apparently they’re no longer being referred to as TOAD. I think that was a good move. Take Over and Destroy is less randomly amphibian and more fitting for the music. It’s also, in my estimation, exactly what they’re going to do to the bracket once we pit these bands against each other. Last year’s Endless Night got plenty of attention because it ruled. Vacant Face, which dropped over a month ago, is an expansion of their muddy blend of almost-everything, a filthy amalgam of nasty rock n’ roll, black metal, sludge, doom and more.

It really, really kicks. Here’s one of my favorites from Vacant Face. Tell me that riff at 0:55 isn’t changing your life.

Our judges are big fans. Here’s what they think:

Joe Thrashnkill: “Most bands can’t do one thing well enough for me to give a damn about them. TOAD is able to shift between styles and genres seemlessly. One moment you can expect shaky melodies and ripping solos, followed by gargled glass shouts and sludge. This band is a rarity.”

Edward Meehan: “I was shocked to learn Take Over And Destroy were unsigned when they were entered into the Toilet Ov Hell’s Best Unsigned Band contest. I was pleased to learn they had dropped the acronym T.O.A.D. since they received a wealth of praise for their 2013 album, Endless Night. Take Over And Destroy combine everything a person could ask for in a metal band. Harsh and clean vocals, classic rock riffing, and a heaviness played with earnestness and originality not often seen in the multitudes of heavy metal clones coming out with music today. How are these guys unsigned?!”

Tyree: “TOAD are a strange pill to swallow. Here we have a band that adds a ton of ingredients to their metal. That can be dangerous, but TOAD some how make it work. They can play a certain style of metal/rock one moment and then throw you off by changing up the direction and style. It can be a bit odd, but they make it flow smoothly. If you’re looking for an upbeat band that can bring the heavy sludge and doom with some superb production, then TOAD is a band worth listening to.”

 

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Singularity (Tempe, AZ)

Singularity is a weirdo mix of technical and symphonic black. Riffs and synths. Check them out over at Bandcamp.


The Toilet ov Hell is on an absurd quest to find the best unsigned band in each state of this glorious union. The purpose? To shine some the spotlight on bands that deserve more exposure. Also, we’re going to determine once and for all the greatest state in the nation. Each state winner is decided by a collection of 25 judges. After we’ve announced the winner of each state, we’re gonna throw them all in a winner-take-all bracket and leave the votes up to you. Who will be the best unsigned band in the United States? Which state is superior? We can’t wait to find out.

Previous winners:
Alabama — Phylum
Alaska — Terraform

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Published on: October 2, 2014

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  • So if JFAC is considered the first deathcore band, does that mean deathcore originated in AZ? But what about Despised Icon (a much better deathcore band)? Whatevs, Take Over and Destroy fucking sling mean lows…Clicked play and was like, i’ve never heard these guys. Then clicked over to FB and already had them “Liked”

    A worthy choice Toileteers.

    • W.

      Despised Icon were definitely pioneers in the deathcore. Most core bores me to tears, but I dig DI.

      • I like to call the bad stuff medio-core

        • W.

          I can back that, haha.

      • NefariousDude

        Day of mourning will forever be my favorite deathcore album of all time. RIP

    • Cock ov Steele

      The Mesa-Chandler-Gilbert area was chock full of deathcore for a long while.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    I don’t know, way harder than the ones before TOAD seems so good but that Singularity was also great. I might have gone with the latter.

    • I would definitely have gone with Singularity. However, I had a busy as fuck week and didn’t have time to vote.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        I think I’ll buy it.

        • I bought it a week or so ago. Definitely worth it.

    • Singularity’s logo is fucking killer.

      • All i see is Obituary lol, still really cool though

        • Hahaha, that was my first thought too

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Obituary’s logo is more killer than their music (at least in a long time), in fact so killer it was killer enough for two bands and they could still share it and it would still retain it’s killerness

    • Singularity = STAY TECH!

  • I’m assuming this demented banner work is from our resident banner artist, Tyree?

  • W.

    Personally, I think they should have stuck with TOAD. I think Take Over and Destroy has a bit of a core flair, but TOAD makes them sound like a warped version of the Toadies.

    • Tyree
      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Ginger, no name for a man. Still as good as he looks deranged, also the later S-African jazz stuff. If you’re into that kind of things

        • You don’t want to fuck with Ginger.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiYHDIEoCZk

          • Howard Dean

            He has an amazing legacy of irrational violence. Dude should be a police officer.

          • Tyree

            Hahahaha! Stewart Copeland called Ginger Baker a Motherfucker.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I wouldn’t dare, I love him too much

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            that movie is great/enlightening like a motherfucker—
            it seems to me like it would be cool if he hung out with sabbath for a week or two and recorded the results for a dvd–haha

            here is a point about it—-it is a “rolling stone” propaganda movie]

            and the following example—is a good one —that kind of basically shows how they try to fool people with murderous commie bullshit

            you know the part—where they talk about him learning about ancient african rhythms–while he tried heroin

            the animation that accompanies the “timeless african beats”==shows aftricans being enslaved on a rowship–being oppressed

            those arent the origin of the beats–that ginger was referring to—
            they showed “slavery” as being the core of african culture/race

            but those actual beats are “magic” and have nothing to do with “slavery’000they use them on levels /perceptions/vision quests—with mighty power–and coolness

            but rolling stone has an agenda of keeping races separated–and enraged at each other—so they purposely misrepresented african beats–as a signal of “oppression”—-that is purposely never supposed to be resolvable

            thats how they do EVERYTHING—and thats why you have fuckers named “howard dean” posting bolt thrower vids/and name dropping bands every two seconds—-

            internet war —

            shit on all libtards

          • Howard Dean

            I was an executive producer on this movie. We plied the cast and crew with Vermont cheddar cheese. Rolling Stone magazine owns Area 51.

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            howard dean’s avatar=guy with a dildo at his mouth—and yelling to the world that it’s number 1

            a perfect metaphor for your entire essence

          • Howard Dean

            zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz works for Little Caesar’s and was a fluffer for a Jersey Shore themed porno.

          • W.

            Jersey Whore?

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            yer mom–but you left out the syphillus part

      • Mr.CustodialArts
      • Elite Extremophile

        on his way to fuck your bitch

    • You know who else is referred to as TOAD? I’d say they made the right choice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YrWsmlJSiw

  • NefariousDude

    ARIZONA PRIDE BYAH! Loved endless night. These guys have my vote already.

  • NefariousDude

    It’s 90 degrees here and everyone is stoked about this wonderful FALL weather. WELCOME TO HELL

    • Call the Slambulance

      Well, it is absolutely beautiful here in Tempe right meow. This shitz is rad.

    • Xan

      It’s like 90 in North Carolina (at least where I live). There are about 5 billion stink bugs infesting everything too.

      • NefariousDude

        Never mind. That’s hell!

      • Elite Extremophile

        It’s been 70 all week in asheville. Almost makes the abundance of hipsters and hippies worth it. Almost.

        • Xan

          I think the only place that has more hipsters than North Carolina is Austin, Texas. When I went to the RTX convention there this year, I about cried.

          • Elite Extremophile

            I wanted to go there so badly, I think my friend managed to actually make it. I still prefer it to the hoards of rednecks and dudebros that normally surround me though. Shit on it may be, Deafheaven > brocore

          • Xan

            The rednecks and dudebros are unbearable. On any given day, there are fifteen trucks that have the ability to coal roll in my campus’ parking lots.

          • Elite Extremophile

            My campus is literally 90% Volvos and Subarus.

          • Xan

            Living that swag life.

          • Elite Extremophile

            That coexist bumper sticker life.

          • Xan

            Those people are just the worst. KILL EACH OTHER!

          • Can confirm. This place is loaded with hipster trash and I’m not helping.

          • IT’S NOT A CHARLOTTE SHOW UNTIL THE TRASH CAN IS FILLED WITH 75/25 PBR/NATTY BO!

  • Huggy Bear OH YEAH

    I’ve been listening to Take Over and Destroy for the past weeks and figured that Vacant Face is what Ghost would sound like if they played extreme(r?) metal. Also really surprised they’re unsigned!

  • Stockhausen

    Bandcamp is blocked on my school’s wifi. Bummer.

    I mean, IN THE GRAVE. CUZ I’M DEAD AND BRUTAL, RAAAAAHH!! But seriously, looking forward to hearing this later.

    • Why the hell would they block bandcamp?

    • You could easily make the case that a BAND DIRECTOR needs BAND CAMP.

      • Or what if he needs to write a research paper on music theory?!

      • Stockhausen

        Ooooh, absolutely I can. I feel sneaky wearing metal shirts under my dress shirts, I should be able to discreetly download some metal as well.

        • Cock ov Steele

          Remember if one of those kids is getting out of line, just rip open your nice shirt from Men’s Wearhouse revealing a very brutal Cephalic Carnage shirt and let that individual know “I LISTEN TO SOME VERY HEAVY METAL, I’M SRS BZNZ!”

  • Scrimm

    • W.

      Is that your toilet? That is a clean bowl!

      • Tyree

        I concur.

      • Scrimm

        No, but I do keep my bowl clean.

        • W.

          That’s important, dude. Dirty bowls can be festering sources of harmful bacteria.

          #bowlfax

          • Tyree

            My bathroom is horrifying.

          • As it should be.
            How would you be the king of beer and grind and have a sparkling bathroom?

          • W.

            I have a feeling if I saw it they’re be blood, algae, and used condoms littered about. On a scale of 1-10, how accurate am I?

          • Tyree

            I’d give you a 3

          • W.

            Bummer. More or less scum. You’re the king of grind, so I intend this all as a compliment.

          • Tyree

            Oh my yes. Scum & hair over load. There is some blood too, you got that.

  • Scrimm

    Just noticed our old bass player is in Singularity. Still flushing this whole thing, minus Tyree’s art.

    • W.

      Singularity was a close one.

    • W.

      What’s the problem, dude? I’ve been away for a few days.

      • Scrimm

        Not trying to cause trouble but I just really don’t like the way it’s being handled. The states are all decided by a select few and some of us who are here every single day and have been since the beginning have no input, nor do we even get to see the bands in contention. Just my opinion.

        • W.

          Ok, I think I can speak to this. I see your point, but it’s sort of an issue with logistics. There are about 25 judges and several hundred bands, so we’ve had the machinery in motion for this thing for quite some time. The original idea as we laid it out was to have the judges (who are all writers for the site) slog through the massive list of entries and vote on one entry per state. That band then gets placed into the bracket. It may not be the most transparent method, but it was done so that these posts can go up very quickly while still delivering the final product to the readers to vote one, if that makes sense.

          • Scrimm

            I’m just going to leave it at that because it’s honestly making me mad.

          • W.

            Sorry, man. When we planned this all out a while ago, it was done to make it as easy and seamless as possible. I’m not sure what else to say. I’m sorry it’s been disappointing though.

          • Scrimm

            It’s ok I don’t blame you. Just makes you feel second class or something when your looking forward to something and then you don’t even get to participate. Think I’ll just lay low for a while.

          • W.

            Well, I’ll miss our interactions if you do.

          • W.

            Oh, and there will still be the final bracket for the whole US too.

          • Scrimm

            Yeah I heard about that. Have fun.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            I won’t come on here is protest man if you leave. I was the first one to welcome you here tall man and i will be the first to leave if you go.

          • Scrimm

            Not leaving man, Didn’t mean to make it sound that way. Just took a break for the day before I started blowing something small out of proportion. Thanks for the support though.

  • In other news, i finally remembered my disqus password and can comment from other places that are not the computer in my room

    • Guacamole Jim

      I’ve spent way too long hammering at my keyboard trying to get into my account with one of my many passwords that have one number variation or some such bullshit.

  • Xan

    This shit is really good. I’m going to look into acquiring some of their music.
    EDIT: That humming at the end of the song is creepy. Invokes a Lovecraftian horror sense in me.

  • TriggerPizza

    This band is terrible. I don’t understand the appeal. They’re just… bad.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Neato stuff, nice range of moods, good Gothic cleans, coherent, interest maintained.