Toxic Holocaust is an American black/thrash metal band. Characterized by their unabashedly retro leanings and love of all things raw, filthy, and d-beat-laden, they have worked their way up through the thrash pack just through sheer hard work and determination.
Formed in Portland, Oregon in 1999 by Joel Grind and two unknown members, the band quickly released a demo before Joel threw the two other members out and called it quits for a while until he resurrected the band in 2001 as a one-man project, with session members being drafted as needed for live shows. After several demos and splits, Evil Never Dies
was released in 2003 and quickly gained the attention of the underground; two years and untold amounts of splits and comps later, their sophomore release came in the form of Hell on Earth
, which was released via the Nuclear War Now! Productions label. Multiple tours followed and the band began to gain some serious momentum, and even more steam was built when the band signed a contract with Relapse Records. An Overdose of Death...
, their first full-length on the label, was released in 2008, and it marked the first time since 1999 that someone other than Joel played on the album, as Donny Paycheck from Zeke contributed session drums. To meet the touring demands that being on a bigger label brought, Phil "Philthy Gnaast" Zeller and Alan "Al Positions" Chambers from Rammer joined in on bass and drums full-time, though Chambers ducked out in 2009 and was replaced by Nick "Nikki Rage" Bellmore. More touring followed, and Conjure and Command
, their first full-length with a full band, was released in 2011. Things have stayed steady since then; no lineup shifts have occurred, the touring has been heavy, the splits and comps have been innumerable, and Chemistry of Consciousness
, their latest full-length, was released in 2013. It's not a stretch to suggest that everything will continue to go swimmingly.
Discography (due to the massive amount of demos, singles, splits, and comps, only the full-lengths will be covered):
- Evil Never Dies (2003)
- Hell on Earth (2005)
- An Overdose of Death... (2008)
- Conjure and Command (2011)
- Chemistry of Consciousness (2013)
This band contains examples of the following tropes:
- Black Metal: Takes heavy influence from the first wave.
- Heavy Meta: A very frequent lyrical theme.
- "I Am" Song: "Wild Dogs", among others.
- I Am the Band: Joel Grind, especially when it literally was just him.
- Miniscule Rocking: They have quite a few songs under two minutes, enough to make listing them all exhausting.
- One of Us: Joel Grind is known for his near-encyclopaedic knowledge of first-wave black metal, d-beat, and traditional heavy metal. Multiple bands who have toured with them have mentioned his penchant for finding incredibly obscure (and frequently poor-quality) old releases at yardsales, flea markets, and pawn shops and then proceeding to listen to them incessantly.
- Rock Trio: Since 2009.
- Signature Style: Simple, punk-tinged riffing, rasped vocals, lots of shout-along choruses, and lots of d-beats.
- Start My Own: Joel has several other solo projects and an on-again, off-again punk-thrash project named Tiger Junkies with Yasuyuki Suzuki of Abigail and Barbatos.
- Thrash Metal
- Three Chords and the Truth