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Toxic Holocaust

Saturday, Aug. 29, The Shredder

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With a last name like Grind, the only more fitting job than sausage factory worker or dentist is founder of a thrash metal/punk band. Portland, Ore.-based Joel Grind took it further and didn't just found Toxic Holocaust, he became it. For around 15 years, Grind has has been the one constant in the band—except, of course, for lyrics exploring subjects like metaphysics, government conspiracies and human experimentation; and Grind's punishing guitar riffs, which he executes with such controlled riotousness, it's otherworldly.

How Grind is able to maintain, even improve upon, his playing is a testament to will, talent and maybe magic, as Toxic Holocaust continues to deliver a relatively constant stream of splits, EPs, demos, full-lengths and videos, all of which are quintessentially Toxic Holocaust but which also reveal a willingness to evolve and be inspired.