Toxic Holocaust
Conjure and Command


4.5
superb

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
July 20th, 2011 | 197 replies | 22,371 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Conjure And Command contains everything you can possibly want in a 21st century thrash metal record

Conjure And Command marks the first time Joel Grind has trusted some of his comrades enough to record a Toxic Holocaust album along with them and, for whatever reason, it turned out as the band’s best album to date. Grind has pumped out solid thrash records under the Toxic Holocaust moniker for a decade now, handling all songwriting and instrumental business himself, but he hadn’t made a true breakthrough before Conjure And Command. I’m not talking about a breakthrough in success, because both Evil Never Dies and An Overdose of Death... were excellent, infectious throwback thrash records that firmly set Toxic Holocaust's name atop the modern thrash scene; I’m talking about a breakthrough that directly sets a group apart from its peers – something that forces us to look back on the ’80s and drool over the classic albums made then by bands like Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Kreator and Sepultura. While Grind hasn’t reinvented the musical wheel here, he has worked Toxic Holocaust's sound to a level where you can call Conjure And Command a landmark thrash record.

On Conjure And Command, Grind isn’t doing anything drastically different when compared to Toxic Holocaust’s prior recordings, but everything, and I mean literally everything, has been tightened up, fleshed out, expanded on. All the kinks have been worked out and every excessive detail is gone. Conjure And Command still gives the listener 30+ minutes worth of fun throwback thrash with some death ’n’ roll thrown in for good measure, but everything sounds nigh perfect this time around - a first time for Toxic Holocaust. Deadly-sharp riffs coupled with Grind’s designed-for-thrash vocals have always been the definite main draw of Toxic Holocaust and yet they have been kicked up a notch on Conjure And Command. With Phil Zeller handling the bass duties and Nick Bellmore pounding behind the drums this time, Grind had more time and space to concentrate on writing the perfect riffs whilst giving his best possible vocal performance, and it shows. The riffs are twice as memorable and in-your-face as on any other Toxic Holocaust album; similarly, Grind barks and rasps through the ten tracks on offer like never before (I swear to satan that there’s +1 evil in his voice on this album). The backing crew also hold their own, as Bellmore is, while still mainly holding on to the classic snare-bass-snare-bass style with short burst of double-bass, more dynamic behind the drums than Grind was and at times you can also hear Zeller's rumbling basslines, even if they are few and far between.

It is the sublime songwriting though that really puts Conjure And Command over the top. Every rhythm change, riff progression, vocal line, double-bass burst, solo, et cetera just flows so well and plain clicks on this album. Everything is perfectly timed and put together, so one has no choice other than to revel in the glory of this impressive metal album. If there is one thing that can be complained about, it’s that the record sounds almost too clean for a thrasher, losing some of that charming dirt and thrash sloppiness, but *** it, when it sounds this impressive and aggressive instrumentally, it doesn't matter. Toxic Holocaust has delivered a true banger with their new cd, don’t try to resist it. Plainly put: Conjure And Command thrashes hard.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2011



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really, really good record. I hope no one will mind the short length of the review : ).

Digging: Metsatoll - Karjajuht

FelixCulpa
July 20th 2011



1236 Comments


Nice. I who was just about to look the band up in the database. Will check out.

AfterTheBreakdown
July 20th 2011



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Cd is so legit.

MalleusMaleficarum
July 20th 2011



12230 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so what is this like the only good album you like

Pyosisified
July 20th 2011



2450 Comments


really doubt that this is a 4.5. its 2011, thrash is done for

alachlahol
July 20th 2011



7423 Comments


probably overrated as fuck

Pyosisified
July 20th 2011



2450 Comments


its sputnik

Uranium
July 20th 2011



6635 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"its 2011, thrash is done for"

fuck no

Uranium
July 20th 2011



6635 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's coming back bitches m/

Pyosisified
July 20th 2011



2450 Comments


lol

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2011



16006 Comments


Haven't listened to a thrash record in a little while so I'll give this a spin. Nice review.

Digging: Katatonia - Kocytean

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2011



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really doubt that this is a 4.5.
Probably isn't a 4.5 for you, yes, you damn sceptic, but I can definitely see you enjoying it.

@Crysis
Thanks man and sure, go for it. There should be a stream for this that you can access in the weekly newspost if you wish to preview the album.

Carnifex
July 20th 2011



1918 Comments


I'm in love with this album, it's soooo good.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2011



16006 Comments


as long as the riffs are true and this thrashes then all will be well in the world

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2011



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Spoken like a preacher man!

AfterTheBreakdown
July 20th 2011



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Slays so much!

Hawks
July 20th 2011



33363 Comments


I've always wanted to listen to this band, but never got around to it. Guess this would be a good place to start.

Crowe
July 20th 2011



435 Comments


I saw the cover and immediately thought black metal.

Nagrarok
July 20th 2011



7957 Comments


Hmm, I haven't been in much of a mood for metal this week, but a 4.5 should mean something. How big is the black metal part in this?

mvp
July 20th 2011



97 Comments


The cover rules. All in all this is different from past albums, but pretty good.



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