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Review: Toxic Holocaust - From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction
Toxic Holocaust
From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction

Label: Relapse Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 57:54
Tracks: 22
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 15, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction


Long-time fans of Joel Grind's Toxic Holocaust know the band has released a dizzying array of albums, EPs, splits and compilations. From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction takes 22 tracks of re-recordings, alternate versions and previously unreleased material from across the aforementioned discography and puts them all together in one blasphemous package.

For the uninitiated, Toxic Holocaust, a one-man project up until Conjure and Command, when Grind brought in a permanent band, play filthy, evil and mercilessly old-school Thrash Metal. Show No Mercy-era Slayer is the prime reference. Drums are played at a million miles an hour and within an inch of their collective lives while only Hanneman/King-style torture could make guitars squeal as they do on songs like "Metal Attack" or "Army of One." The vocals range from high-pitched screams to near-Death growls. Grind even manages to combine two of Thrash's lyrical pillars, the threat of nuclear war and anti-religion, on "Nuke the Cross."

From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction is an absolute must for fans of old Slayer, Venom, Possessed, etc. Break out the neck brace.

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