Toxic Holocaust
An Overdose of Death...


3.5
great

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
September 26th, 2008 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Throwback thrash done right!

Using the phrase “Nostalgia’s a bitch!” to sum up this album would be a pretty accurate description of what Toxic Holocaust are all about. You see, Joel Grind, founder and main songwriter of Toxic Holocaust (also recruiting drummer Donny Paycheck of Zeke fame), seems to be stuck in the 80s during a time when thrash metal was ever so popular and pumping out such classics as Reign in Blood, Bonded by Blood, Beneath the Remains and Speak English or Die (obviously skimming the surface considering there were so many great albums that came from that era). While some of you have already passed this band off as just another ‘trip-down-memory-lane’ thrash knockoff, be warned that Joel Grind brings the goods and has enough conviction backing up his music to make you feel like it’s the Bay Area metal scene all over again.

An Overdoes of Death… is not only a sweetly polished affair of riff rocking thrash metal, Grind also incorporates many elements of death’n roll and a touch of blackened death metal for good measure. Other noteworthy inclusions contained on this disc are a number of other well-done nostalgic elements including some short, wankery bursts of Kerry King inspired soloing, Judas Priest Painkiller era melodic riffs, the snare/bass/ snare/ bass drum beats commonly used in the genre, and finished off with that gritty attitude that makes this music sound so genuine. All of the songs contained on An Overdoes of Death… flow well together as a whole, having an identical feel to each song. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, seeing as this is thrash we are talking about. However, each song has something subtle to it that sets itself apart from the one before it, adding these above-mentioned elements in small doses and making An Overdoes of Death… not as straight up as you would expect.

As well as being a nostalgic thrash nutball, Grind is also quite capable of pinning the perfect vocal delivery and lyrical approach to his gritty thrash attack. Through his raspy, well-developed screams, Grind paints a picture of a post-apocalyptic, nightmarish world that entails downright ridiculous lyrics and satirical black humour, setting this album apart from the numerous thrash bands that have been popping up all over the place. A rather hilarious example of the lyrics are taken from the song ‘War is Hell’:

Hear the air raid sirens that warn you of your death/ Close your eyes, say goodbye, and take your last breath/ Turn this place to rubble, a city turns to ash………….Total ***ing holocaust, everyone’s ***ing dead/ Death and destruction is all you’ll ever know/ Living in the ashes that you once called home

Taking a page or two from Slayer’ lyrical approach and spinning off this was probably one of wisest things Grind could have possibly done in making album that much more real to the scene.

If your not one for thrash metal, this is certainly not going to convince you that thrash metal has something more to offer. On the flip side of the coin, thrash metal enthusiasts, new and old, will most likely eat this thing up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Joel Grind’s Relapse Records debut (it’s worth also mentioning how many throwback bands these guys sign as well), is a contagious and volatile dose of quality thrash metal that may be just what the genre needs to kick start some of these pretenders into shape. A definite highlight for 2008!



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Wizard
September 26th 2008


19640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A short little review for a band that was easy as pie to describe. Really, really fun record but I wouldn't vote it too high. Not enough originality for me.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

marksellsuswallets
September 26th 2008


4848 Comments


I listened to this somewhere and I'm pretty sure I remember giggling at it haha...I guess its fun to listen to at times though I don't like thrash anymore tbh...

Wizard
September 26th 2008


19640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That explains the giggling then hahaha.

foreverendeared
September 26th 2008


14678 Comments


nice review wizard. very well done. my friend i work with would probably love this. all he's listened to his whole life is thrash and that's still the only thing he listens to and this sounds right up his alley, as long as the solos aren't all scales

Essence
September 26th 2008


3595 Comments


An Overdose of AWFUL REVIEW...


...pos.This Message Edited On 09.26.08

marksellsuswallets
September 26th 2008


4848 Comments


Umm...all solos are scales...so is all music with umm...notes? I'm confused...

Willie
Moderator
September 26th 2008


16144 Comments


I'll be looking this up soon. Good review.

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

Essence
September 26th 2008


3595 Comments


Don't be, he's just retarded.

(^^ at wallet boy)This Message Edited On 09.26.08

foreverendeared
September 26th 2008


14678 Comments


yeah but solos don't have to follow the same scale, that's what i mean.

Wizard
September 26th 2008


19640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

as long as the solos aren't all scales

The few tiny solos on this album are wank, Kerry King style (which I still love to this day hahaha)
Thank you kindly gents! Jack, you will love this shit!

marksellsuswallets
September 26th 2008


4848 Comments


Ah so you mean solos that don't modulate haha...
Kerry King style makes me a sad panda...I don't even think he knows what a note is he just plays with the whammy bar and hits random frets

foreverendeared
September 26th 2008


14678 Comments


Ah so you mean solos that don't modulate haha...
yeah i don't play guitar and have no education in guitar theory so i didn't know how to word it but that's what i mean

marksellsuswallets
September 26th 2008


4848 Comments


Yeah I know what you mean...solos that go on for a long time in the same scale make me angry...

Wizard
September 26th 2008


19640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kerry King style makes me a sad panda...I don't even think he knows what a note is he just plays with the whammy bar and hits random frets

Oh boy, awaiting SOH to stomp down the door hahaha!

foreverendeared
September 26th 2008


14678 Comments


solos that go on for a long time in the same scale make me angry...
yeah it pisses my friend off to no end. i don't mind it as long as it fits the song and doesn't drag too long ya knowThis Message Edited On 09.26.08

marksellsuswallets
September 26th 2008


4848 Comments


But that really is all he does haha

(@ wiz)This Message Edited On 09.26.08

Essence
September 26th 2008


3595 Comments


Nah, Kerry King turns on the whammy bar and then just kinds of hits the freatboard with the palm of his hand repeatedly, and whatever comes out is good enough.

And yes, I said "turn on the whammy bar". That's how bad he is.This Message Edited On 09.26.08

Wizard
September 26th 2008


19640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When he was on this site more, he always had the most informative opinions on thrash metal. Respect to him for getting me into more thrash!

foreverendeared
September 26th 2008


14678 Comments


well i've listened to the first 3 songs now. i absolutely love the vocals, but i don't like the riffs too much. i like a couple of the riffs off Endless Armageddon, but that's about it so far

Edit: and no solos so far!This Message Edited On 09.26.08

bastard
September 26th 2008


3435 Comments


Damn you Wizzy for beating me to the punch!

Just kidding, wasn't going to review this, but if I had reviewed this it would sound like your review. Nice job.



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