VENOM INC, GoatWhore, Toxic Holocaust, The Convalescene


Sep 6, 2017 – 5:30 PM

  • Goatwhore
  • Toxic Holocaust

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Goatwhore: Goatwhore guitarist Sammy Duet (formerly of Acid Bath and Crowbar) is fucking stoked…not only because his cats have apparently developed fine tastes in brutalic black metal ("My cats freak out when I play Fog, Through The Eyes Of Night! They'll sit in front of the goddamn speakers and chill out!"), but because the notorious six-stringer has quite triumphantly survived another Goatwhore outing. Fittingly titled A Haunting Curse - an idea Duet's been toying with since the band recorded 2003's Funeral Dirge For The Rotting Sun at the allegedly haunted Noise Lab Studios, in addition to over two years of various band trials and tribulations - the disc serves as the band's third installment of their signature brand of blackened pummel, coming at you for the first time via the legendary Metal Blade Records.

But for Goatwhore, no studio effort comes without its share of catastrophes. Where Funeral Dirge followed a near-fatal van crash that left Goatwhore/Soilent Green frontman Ben Falgoust temporarily confined to a wheelchair and the very future of the band uncertain, the creation of A Haunting Curse saw the New Orleans four-piece - Duet, Falgoust, drummer Zack Simmons and bassist Nathan Bergeron - fleeing the flood waters of 2005's harrowing Hurricane Katrina. If there is indeed a God, she's certainly no fan of the 'Whore. But the say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. In the case of Goatwhore, they're stronger, harder, meaner and pissed the fuck off. Goatwhore are back with a magnified vengeance! But perhaps we should rewind a bit...

Toxic Holocaust: TOXIC HOLOCAUST mutated into existence in 1999, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk and metal and the flash of L.A. hard rock into his ideal band. Like his influences - Bathory, Venom, English Dogs, Possessed, Broken Bones - TOXIC HOLOCAUST featured blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world. Grind wrapped all of these elements up with a DIY attitude and begin writing and recording material almost instantly.

As the band’s driving force, Grind wrote and recorded all of the material. After several well-received demos, Grind was ready to take the band to the next level and, in 2003, began recording what would become TOXIC HOLOCAUST’s debut full-length Evil Never Dies.

Evil Never Dies was released in the fall of ’03 and was followed up with a number of TOXIC HOLOCAUST tours. A string of vinyl-only EP’s and split releases followed. Upon returning home, Grind quickly began writing the follow-up to Evil Never Dies, using a much more primitive approach emphasizing his punk rock roots.

This second full-length, Hell on Earth, was self-recorded once again – this time to an 8-track reel to reel - in Grind’s spare bedroom in early 2005. Hell On Earth was released in fall 2005, almost two years to the day Evil Never Dies was released, and was adorned by original artwork from classic metal artist, Ed Repka.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST toured through the end of 2005 and for much of 2006. Grind’s determination and never-say-die attitude lead to tours of the US, Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada, and even Brazil. These self-booked and self-financed tours proved that Grind’s independent spirit raged just as hard his music.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST continued touring in support of Hell on Earth well into 2007 with the likes of MUNICIPAL WASTE, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, SKELETONWITCH and many more. Any off-time was used to write new material. A number of new songs were demoed and began circulating, prompting several labels to get in touch with the band. This new demo made its way around the Relapse offices, where the band chose to call home in early ’08.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST continued writing songs for the band’s third full-length, and Relapse debut, An Overdose Of Death… and after a US tour with HATE ETERNAL and SOILENT GREEN, TOXIC HOLOCAUST was ready to record. Grind teamed up with legendary producer Jack Endino (HIGH ON FIRE, DWARVES, ZEKE) in May of 2008 at Soundhouse Recording studios in Seattle, WA, making An Overdose Of Death…the first TOXIC HOLOCAUST album to be recorded in a proper studio.

An Overdose Of Death…is an unstoppable juggernaut of infectious riffs, punk attitude and unforgettable anthems that could be the soundtrack to civil unrest in a post-apocalyptic world gone mad. “Gravelord”, “Wild Dogs”, “Future Shock”, “War Game”, “Nuke the Cross”, “War is Hell”, and the list of incredible songs goes on. An Overdose Of Death…will see its international release this September.

In anticipation of the new release, TOXIC HOLOCAUST has already begun touring in support of An Overdose Of Death….The band is currently out on the North American AT THE GATES reunion tour along with DARKEST HOUR and MUNICIPAL WASTE. TOXIC HOLOCAUST will then follow-up the AT THE GATES tour with an appearance at the Hole In The Sky Festival in Norway and a Fall tour with OVERKILL.

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