Since 1999, Portland, Oregon’s one-man wrecking crew Joel Grind – better known as Toxic Holocaust – has been skillfully combining aspects of vintage thrash and black metal with a healthy dose of crossover punk rock to form one of the most potent and powerful acts in all of metal today.
To celebrate twenty years of blackened thrashing and punk rock gnashing, Toxic Holocaust took to the studio to record its sixth full length offering, Primal Future: 2019 (eOne Heavy). Mr. Grind wrote all the lyrics and music, performed and recorded every instrument, and mixed, mastered, and produced every track on the album himself. Talk about the definition of D.I.Y.! Toxic Holocaust has employed the occasional studio drummer or bassist in the past, but on this latest venture, Joel decided to abstain from accepting any other policy aside from “If you want it done right, then you have to do it yourself.”
Primal Future: 2019 is yet another rock-solid release from Toxic Holocaust. Although the production of the vocals has returned with heaps of reverb – reminiscent of the band’s earlier efforts such as Evil Never Dies or Hell on Earth, and quite unlike the more recent and (arguably) more popular releases An Overdose of Death…, Conjure and Command, and Chemistry of Consciousness – they still fit well with the overall evocative feel of the entire album. All characteristics being considered, it is obvious that Mr. Grind intended for Primal Future: 2019 to be a modern album made with an erstwhile approach: Nothing but Joel and his trusty lyric pad, a few necessary instruments, and a studio with a mixing board, just like the nascent, inchoate days of Toxic Holocaust…and it’s marvelous.
The choicest cuts on this ten track release include “Chemical Warlords” (also the first single to be released from the album), “New World Beyond”, “Time’s Edge”, the title track “Primal Future”, plus the best two tracks of all, “Iron Cage” and the closer, “Cybernetic War.” Insomuch as these six gems constitute more than half of the album altogether, Primal Future: 2019 is another estimable effort from Joel Grind and Toxic Holocaust, worthy of your hard-earned dollars.
Primal Future: 2019 is available everywhere Friday, October 4th, 2019, so be sure to grab a copy and enjoy this thrashy treasure at your own leisure for your listening pleasure. Press play below to listen to "Chemical Warlords", and check out the new Toxic Holocaust for yourself!
Rating: 8.5 / 10
Release Date: October 4th, 2019 (eOne Heavy)
Influences and Contemporaries: Bathory, Possessed, Venom, Motorhead, Broken Bones, Municipal Waste, All Hell, Bewitcher, Power Trip