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Toxic Holocaust: Conjure and Command
Toxic Holocaust is a band name that plowed through the Metal scene like a forest fire. The independent material was strong enough that plenty of Thrash fans took notice of the early entries to the revival of Thrash sound, a darker and more sinister approach similar to earlier SlayerKreator in atmosphere. Relapse Records eventually picked up the group, then shortly after their debut Relapse release, the label reissued the early recordings. Now, Toxic Holocaust gear up to issue their next Thrash Metal onslaught, entitled Conjure and Command, and to brace the fans of the band and style, Relapse has issued the track “Nowhere to Run” through their official Youtube account. But, does it work for, or against exciting the fans for this upcoming release?

Well, “Nowhere to Run” doesn’t come off as a traditional Toxic Holocaust track. The vocals are what you would expect though, rhaspy and sinister with a little vocal harmonization where needed, prodominantly in the chorus. The track seems to have more of a Testament vive then anything with it’s catchier hooks that move at a slower pace and seem to have a bit of a Groove to it. In fact, had Chuck Billy of Testament done vocals on this track, one might assume it was just a heavier, dirty, early-in-their-career track. The drumming feels a little lackluster at times, but not completely to hold back the song, and the guitar solo suits the mid-tempo of the track, but it’s nothing all that impressive. The production also has that traditional muddy feel with a little vocal distortion to it, which kind of captures the band’s rather post-apocalyptic atmosphere nicely.

Technicality of the track aside though, this song is catchy, even if the ending isn’t really the most exciting of ways for the track to end. In the end, it’s still a great song, but nothing that really stands out, even for a revival piece, but that doesn’t stop the track from being catchy as all hell and make you want to go back for more, especially fans of the style. While it’s not exactly what you would expect from Toxic Holocaust after their last album, it’s still a solid track, and even if this is the way that Conjure and Command will be from start to finish, which I personally doubt considering their previous works having a decent amount of variety to the Thrash input and influences in the music, it’d still be a welcome old-school Thrash presentation.

Article based on digital review material provided by Relapse Records