‘Top 50 Albums Of 2013’ Countdown – #22: Toxic Holocaust – Chemistry Of Consciousness

By Andrew Bansal

Based out of Portland, Oregon, crossover thrash band Toxic Holocaust have been around for 14 years now, having started out as a solo project by frontman Joel Grind but evolving more and more into a band as time went on. While Joel Grind still remains the band’s principal songwriter, their fourth studio album ‘Conjure And Command’ was the first to be recorded by the full band rather than Joel Grind playing all instruments himself. The follow-up album ‘Chemistry Of Consciousness’ came out via Relapse Records earlier this year and takes Toxic Holocaust a step further forward in this new incarnation. Musically, it draws from and maintains what the band has been known for, but in comparison to the previous effort, it come across as more of a ‘back to the roots’ approach. The first 90 seconds of ‘Rat Eater’ aside, nothing on this album is slow, and every single tune gets the listeners’ minds racing. In a live setting, all of these tunes will instill in audiences an instant need to bang and mosh. The 11-track, 28-minute Chemistry Of Consciousness is quintessential Toxic Holocaust at its savage best, and it’s hard to imagine any fan disliking it. The fast-paced rhythm created by the guitar riffs, bass and drums is the strongest and most constant feature of the album, with some well-crafted solos thrown in the mix and of course, Joel Grind’s furious vocals leading this sonic attack. ‘Out Of The Fire’ perhaps stands out as the best tune on here, but ‘Awaken The Serpent’ is the most important one as it starts the album and performs the task of pulling the listener in. Tunes like ‘Salvation Is Waiting’, ‘Acid Fuzz’ and ‘Deny The Truth’ keep the momentum going, and the title track aptly forms the final piece of this offering as it encapsulates what the album stands for. Fans of Toxic Holocaust and crossover thrash certainly can’t go wrong with Chemistry Of Consciousness.

Track Listing:
1. Awaken The Serpent
2. Silence
3. Rat Eater
4. Salvation Is Waiting
5. Out Of The Fire
6. Acid Fuzz
7. Deny The Truth
8. Mkultra
9. I Serve…
10.International Conspiracy
11.Chemistry Of Consciousness

Duration: 28.1 minutes

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The countdown so far …
#50. Nails – Abandon All Life
#49. American Sharks – Self-Titled
#48. Hatebreed – The Divinity Of Purpose
#47. Helen Money – Arriving Angels
#46. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Mind Control
#45. Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen
#44. Church Of Misery – Thy Kingdom Scum
#43. Wolvserpent – Perigaea Antahkarana
#42 . Djinn And Miskatonic – Forever In The Realm
#41. Czar – No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive 
#40. Against The Grain – Surrounded By Snakes
#39. Nekrofilth – Devil’s Breath
#38. Kylesa – Ultraviolet
#37. The Devil’s Blood – III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars
#36. Kadavar – Abra Kadavar
#35. Purson – The Circle And The Blue Door
#34. Carousel – Jeweler’s Daughter
#33. Kvelertak – Meir
#32. SpiralArms – Freedom
#31. Satan – Life Sentence
#30. Exhumed – Necrocracy
#29. Havok – Unnatural Selection
#28. Mothership – Self-Titled
#27. UDO – Steelhammer
#26. Ramming Speed – Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die
#25. Revocation – Self-Titled 
#24. Gorguts – Colored Sands
#23. Kobra And The Lotus – Self-Titled 
#22. Toxic Holocaust – Chemistry Of Consciousness 

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