It is quite impressive with what ease Marek Arnold oscillates between his four band projects. As soon as the last album of Seven Steps To The Green Door was in the box, the keyboarder broke new ground with Cyril. Now, before Flaming Row also presents something new in March, he presents new material with Toxic Smile - the band closest to Progmetal. Not just that, though. All Arnold's works combine a high degree of melodiousness. This can also be said of "7", except that the "Adult Orientated" hymnal, which is characteristic of most of the seven pieces, is repeatedly broken by odd meters. Gavin Harrison would certainly have enjoyed this album. The musicians show through the bank that they have an international format. Hardness, finesse, complexity - everything is there. In addition to Arnold, Robert Eisfeld (drums) and Uwe Reinholz (guitar) are particularly distinguished. Tips are the rousing opener "From Inside Out" and "Rayless Sun". And "Love Without Creation" proves with fusion interludes and saxophone that the guys can do quite differently. Thumbs up.
Top Track: From Inside Out