With its release coming out in Europe this weekend, Portland metal/punk assassins, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, spew forth the furious fruits of their Chemistry Of Consciousness full-length in its entirety!
Recorded by the band, mixed with Kurt Ballou (Converge) at GodCity Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering, Chemistry Of Consciousness pays tribute to the likes of Anti-Cimex, Warfare, Infernal Majesty, GBH, Discharge, Autopsy and Chaos UK without replicating them and continues to reap critical hails from fans and media globally.
Chemistry Of Consciousness, now streaming in full courtesy of Relapse Records on these locations:
TOXIC HOLOCAUST mutated into existence in 1999, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk and metal into his ideal band. Like his influences – Bathory, Venom, English Dogs, Possessed, Broken Bones – TOXIC HOLOCAUST offers up blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world wrapped in a DIY attitude.
European tourdates will be announced soon!
Loudwire crowns TOXIC HOLOCAUST, “one of thrash’s most exciting modern bands,” MetalSucks equates the offering to, “…the aural equivalent of a cobra with a chest tattoo of a double helix and syringes for fangs getting ready to strike amidst two flesh-like walls of anxious, bloodshot eyes…,” while Axis of Metal boasts, “This album is the result of Discharge, GBH and Motörhead meeting old school thrash metal and having a demented baby. The riffs are super-fast, and have that classic d-beat aggressiveness to them. It’s delicious…this album is one of the best TOXIC HOLOCAUST albums to date.”
Elsewhere the sentiments are equally affirmative. Notes Decibel Magazine in a solid 8/10 review,“Grind pierces the veil with increased vigor on songs about government overreach (‘International Conspiracy’), covert mind control experiments (‘MK Ultra’) and the hive mind mentality (the title track)…. He’s also smart enough to recognize the symmetry between a song’s title and lyrics (ie Venom’s ‘To Hell and Back,’ Metallica’s ‘Master Of Puppets,’ 95 percent of Motörhead’s catalog) is enough to transform it into an anthem. ‘Out Of The Fire’ and ‘Deny The Truth’ are metal-with-a-capital-M and easily the best songs to come out of the TOXIC HOLOCAUST camp since Grind transitioned from a solo project to a full band approach in 2009……” Adds Skullbanger, “if there ever was a band to be the soundtrack for the end of mankind and society it would be TOXIC HOLOCAUST.”