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Portland, United States (1999 – present)

thrash metal / punk band TOXIC HOLOCAUST mutated into existence in 1999 in Portland, OR, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk, hardcore and metal and the flash of L.A. hard rock into his ideal band. Like his influences - Slayer, Kreator, English Dogs, The Exploited, Broken Bones - TOXIC HOLOCAUST featured blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world. Grind wrapped all of these elements up with a DIY attitude and begin writing and recording material almost instantly. The band’s sound mixes metal with hardcore and punk, so we have to mention subgenre “crossover thrash”.

As the band’s driving force, Grind wrote and recorded all of the material. After several well-received demos, Grind was ready to take the band to the next level and, in 2003, began recording what would become TOXIC HOLOCAUST’s debut full-length Evil Never Dies.

Evil Never Dies was released in the fall of ’03 and was followed up with a number of TOXIC HOLOCAUST tours. A string of vinyl-only EP’s and split releases followed. Upon returning home, Grind quickly began writing the follow-up to Evil Never Dies, using a much more primitive approach emphasizing his punk rock roots.

This second full-length, Hell on Earth, was self-recorded once again – this time to an 8-track reel to reel - in Grind’s spare bedroom in early 2005. Hell On Earth was released in fall 2005, almost two years to the day Evil Never Dies was released, and was adorned by original artwork from classic metal artist, Ed Repka.


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