Toxic Holocaust’s “Chemistry of Consciousness ” coming to Pittsburgh’s The Shop 11/27

Portland metal punk assailants, Toxic Holocaust, were formed by Joel Grind in 1999 to pay homage to the raw days of metal and punk.  Influenced by bands like Discharge, Venom, Slayer and G.B.H.  – Toxic Holocaust create the perfect marriage of punk angst and metal aggression.

Toxic Holocaust’s first full-length album, ‘Evil Never Dies,’ was released in 2003, followed by ‘Hell on Earth’ two years later. Both records featured mainman Joel Grind writing all of the music and playing all of the instruments, performing with a band only during their raucous live assaults. After achieving a massive underground following thanks to  embracing a DIY attitude and extensive self-booked tours in Australia, Japan, Europe, Brazil, Canada, and the US, Toxic Holocaust signed to Relapse Records. In 2008, Toxic Holocaust put out their Relapse debut, ‘An Overdose of Death.’ The album was recorded by Jack Endino (High on Fire, Zeke, Dwarves) at Soundhouse Recording and was the first record where Joel Grind opted to work with another musician – Donny Paycheck of Zeke.  The album went on to receive numerous accolades including Revolver calling the album, “Equal parts nuclear reactive riffage and Repo Man punk attitude!”
At the end of 2010, Toxic Holocaust entered the studio again, this time at Dexters Lab. The band recorded with Toxic Holocaust/Kingdom of Sorrow drummer and engineer Nick Bellmore (Hatebreed, Phantoms, Full Blown Chaos). This album, titled ‘Conjure and Command’ was much darker than previous albums. “….sweetly redolent of thrash, d-beat, and raw sewage, the album simmers with tar-thick riffage, staggering breakdowns, and a corroded dose of self-loathing. If this is what Toxic Holocaust’s next decade is going to look like, bring it on” opined The Onion’s A.V. Club.
Following the devastating tsunami in Japan, Toxic Holocaust teamed up with Midnight for a benefit split 7″.with the proceeds entirely going to the Red Cross relief efforts for victims of the tsunami disaster.  Fast forward to 2013 and after almost 15 years in existence, Toxic Holocaust released a 22-track anthology that collected rarities and tracks from vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight, and others.
Now Toxic Holocaust’s latest album, ‘Chemistry of Consciousness,’ will be released in October 2013. It was self-recorded by Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore, mixed with Kurt Ballou (Converge) at GodCity Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering.  If there’s one thing the punks and the metal heads will agree on in 2013, it’s that Toxic Holocaust’s Chemistry of Consciousness is a rager of a record destined to top any worthwhile best of 2013 list.
Toxic Holocaust continue to road-dog across the world, having toured with Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, At the Gates, Danzig, Satyricon, English Dogs, The Casualties, and Gwar, to name a few.

TOUR DATES:

***All Dates from Nov 18 to Dec 01 with Ramming Speed, In Defence***

Nov 18        Burlington VT         Nectars

Nov 19         Middletown NY         Sounds Asylum

Nov 20         Newark DE        Mojo – main

Nov 21         Baltimore MD         Metro Gallery

Nov 22         Richmond VA         Kingdom w/ Municipal Waste

Nov 23         Lakewood OH         The Foundry

Nov 24         Dayton OH         Rockstar Pro Arena

Nov 25         Detroit MI         Magic Stick

Nov 26         Chicago IL         Reggies

Nov 27         Pittsburgh PA         The Shop

Nov 29         Brooklyn, NY         St. Vitus

Nov 30         Wallingford CT         Cherry St. Station

Dec 01         Island Park NY         No Fun Club

TOXIC HOLOCAUST: Free Download Of “Awaken The Serpent”

Relapse Records, in conjunction with Amazon.com, delivers a special label sampler featuring opening ear bleeder, “Awaken The Serpent,” from Portland metal/punk perpetrators, TOXIC HOLOCAUST. The tune serves as the intro track of Chemistry Of Consciousness, the band’s forthcoming new full-length. A cantankerous sonic assault of punk-laden angst, brazen metal hostility, thought-provoking concepts, and enough vocal venom to seize a nation, Chemistry Of Consciousnessis unquestionably one of the most anticipated records of the year.

 

Snatch a FREE download of “Awaken The Serpent,” courtesy of Amazon.com, at THIS LOCATION.

Additionally, you can still raise your metal claws to the sounds of “Rat Eater,” currently streaming at Loudwire at THIS LOCATION as well as “Out Of The Fire,” still playing at MetalSucks, HERE.

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 Consciousnesspays homage to the likes of Anti-Cimex, Warfare, Infernal Majesty, GBH, Discharge, Autopsy and Chaos UK without replicating them. Crowned “one of thrash’s most exciting modern bands,” by Loudwire, Chemistry Of Consciousness will drop in North America on October 29th (October 25th in Benelux/DE/Finland and October 28th in UK/World) on CD, LP and digitally. Preorder packages are available now. Point your browser HERE.

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.

“…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…” – MetalSucks

“…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”

RELAPSE RECORDS: Releases Tribute Sampler to Pat Egan

Pat Egan, longtime Director of Retail Sales at Relapse Records, tragically passed away on Monday February 18th after a battle with pneumonia and related complications. In honor of the man who was so instrumental in the success of so many Relapse bands and records, the label has put together a 20 track compilation featuring a collection of his favorite songs and artists, including Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Brian Posehn, Red Fang, Death, and many more, including a never-before-released track from Exhumed.

100% of proceeds from the compilation will go towards a college fund for his young daughter Katie. Relapse thanks each band for contributing each track and waiving their royalty fee to maximize the benefit for Pat’s beloved family. The compilation is available via Bandcamp at this location for only $5 but friends and fans are welcome to donate as much as they want. Direct contributions may also be made via paypal to wellmissyoupat@relapse.com.

A memorial event for Pat has been scheduled for Tuesday March 5th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST at Idle Hands Bar in New York, NY. Everyone is invited to attend as we pay tribute to a dear friend, colleague & family man who left behind an amazing wife and a wonderful daughter. All proceeds from the event will go directly to his daughter Katie’s college fund. More information on the event can be found HERE.

The tracklisting for the compilation is as follows:
1. Brian Posehn – More Metal Than You
2. Exhumed – The Beginning After The End (Previously Unreleased)
3. Mastodon – Mother Puncher
4. Kingdom of Sorrow – Screaming into the Sky
5. Baroness – Take My Bones Away
6. Red Fang – Wires
7. Death – A Moment Of Clarity
8. Revocation – Teratogenesis
9. Brutal Truth – Old World Order
10.Dying Fetus – Second Skin
11.Black Anvil – Ultimate Reality
12. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Sword Swallower
13. Zombi – Siberia
14. Pig Destroyer – The American’s Head
15. Toxic Holocaust – Sound The Charge
16. Murder Construct – No Question, No Comment
17. Horseback – Arjuna
18. Dillinger Escape Plan – Sunshine the Werewolf
19. Abysmal Dawn – In Service of Time
20. Total Fucking Destruction – In The Process of Correcting Thinking Errors

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