With its release now just one week away, 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. 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.”
Witness Chemistry Of Consciousness, now streaming, courtesy of Relapse Records, HERE.
Additionally, TOXIC HOLOCAUST mastermind, Joel Grind, appears on the cover of the December 2013 issue of Decibel Magazine! Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION!
TOXIC HOLOCAUST will be roadbound next month on the first tour in support of Chemistry Of Consciousness. Set to embark November 16th in Trenton, New Jersey, the 15-date expedition will find the band spreading their contagion through much of the Northeast, coming to a close December 1st in Island Park, New York. The band will be joined by Ramming Speed and In Defence. In related news, TOXIC HOLOCAUST will perform a special Halloween procedural in Portland on October 31st with Stovokor. See a confirmed listing of dates below. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
10/31/0213 White Owl Social Club – Portland, OR w/ Stovokor
w/ Ramming Speed, In Defence
11/16/2013 Championship – Trenton, NJ
11/17/2013 Dusk – Providence, RI
11/18/2013 Nectars – Burlington, VT
11/19/2013 Sounds Asylum – Middletown, NY
11/20/2013 Mojo Main – Newark, DE
11/21/2013 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/22/2013 Kingdom – Richmond, VA *supporting Municipal Waste
11/23/2013 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
11/24/2013 Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
11/25/2013 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
11/26/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
11/27/2013 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
11/29/2013 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/30/2013 Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT
12/01/2013 No Fun Clubn – Island Park, NY
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.
Chemistry Of Consciousness will drop in North America on October 29th (October 25th in Benelux/Germany/Finland and October 28th in UK/World) on CD, LP and digitally. Preorder packages are available now HERE. For iTunes preorders, point your browser HERE.
“…a thoroughly dynamic piece, delivering an evil intensity truly captivating in approach. Of course, the guitar rushes in for a blistering solo, bridging the song towards a conclusion with plenty of muscle.” – Loudwire on the track “Rat Eater”