Toxic Holocaust-Conjure and Command (Relapse)
Although Portland’s Toxic Holocaust are no newcomers amongst the heavy and thrash minded-having earned from the ground up critical acclaim and a rabid fanbase-the band’s latest, Conjure and Command, just might be their strongest effort to date.
Pre-dating the retro trend by a good couple years-vocalist/guitarist Joel Grind kicking out circle pit riffs and black/thrash attacks fresh back in ’99, suckas-Toxic Holocaust, like Virginia’s Municipal Waste have been the victims of their own success, unintentionally spawning numerous stylistic heist-mongers in their wake.
Conjure and Command leaves them all in the dust, however, possessing some of the band’s strongest arrangements and tightest performances; a far cry from the stripped down, Bathory-worshiping mania of the Critical Mass and Radiation Sickness demos, that’s for sure. Still, the core of Toxic Holocaust remains true: a quick, vicious and energetic listen of punk/crust-infused riffs-a la Discharge, The Exploited and English Dogs-melded with East Coast thrash-isms (Overkill, Anthrax Nuclear Assault) and old school metal feeling.
Sure, each song sounds relatively interchangeable from the next-generally consisting of riff/riff/breakdown/riff/end-yet the formula is so exhilarating, you’ll find yourself really caring less that Toxic Holocaust are a one trick pony, because that trick is just so goddamn good.
Written by MetalGeorge