Now maybe I’m jumping the gun on this one but here’s an idea. I want to bring back Blackened Thrash in full force. I mean not just underground stuff – I want a ton of these bands to start up because if they sound anything like this latest album from TOXIC HOLOCAUST then its worth saturating the market. “An Overdose Of Death…” is pure energy in the most extreme manner of the genre. And it delivers on almost every front that is available.
Now I have heard of the band around but finding their first two albums was a little difficult. So I had never really given them the attention that they probably deserve. But with TOXIC HOLOCAUST signing to Relapse Records, I was able to get my hands on this album. And this album is worth every penny I spent on it.
It’s not a perfect album, but fans of any of the old school bands like VENOM or early CELTIC FROST are going to revel in this band’s style. Riff after riff, the bread and butter of “An Overdose Of Death…” is definitely the guitar structure which isn’t overly complex or technical but is catchy and effective. I would have liked to see more soloing and leads in the music but since TOXIC HOLOCAUST is a one man band (thank you Joel Grind!) it isn’t surprising that this is limited. But having a one man band does create a great focus of energy and purpose. So this album has that going for it as well.
I must also add that the tongue-in-cheek extremity of the lyrical choices is also a fun element to the release. Not only does TOXIC HOLOCAUST tend to dislike religion they want to “Nuke The Cross” which is so extreme its laughable and quite clever. Its songs and choices like that which make this album fun to listen too. There is just a charm about it that is contagious. Even the rough around the edges production has a charm to it and works very well for the band.
Normally, I love when a band pushes boundaries and mixes it up, but if TOXIC HOLOCAUST continually just perfects their little niche then that is okay by me. “An Overdose Of Death…” is not all that original but its still played with conviction and passion and in the end that is what counts. And that is why if there are more bands out there that play Blackened Thrash Metal in this manner, I want more of them to step forward. TOXIC HOLOCAUST has really hit the nail on the head with “An Overdose Of Death…” and I am excited to go look into their back catalog.
Songs to check out: “Nuke The Cross”, “Future Shock”, “Feedback, Blood, And Distortion.”
(Online September 21, 2008)